Android Q beta stages and release date

For the past couple or so years, we’ve seen Google releasing the latest stable version of Android around August; however, the developer builds are usually released in March, which is the case this year. The first Android Q developer preview went live on March 13, 2019, and is available for all Google Pixel phones, going back all the way to 2016 models.

With the developer preview already installed on our own Google Pixel 2, we’ve already seen a fairly good number of new features that will be included in Android Q when the stable version arrives in August 2019. Features such as a system-wide dark mode and better permissions management along with various others have made their way to the new Android Q, but there is more, all of which are covered in the post linked below.

Related: Android Q features [all in one place]

That said, we’re pretty excited to see what Google has to offer with the Q update and which devices would be receiving the update soon after the release. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the potential release date of Android Q and the eligible devices.

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Android Q release date

  • Android Q beta is now available for download for Pixel phones
  • Public beta testing should begin in May 2019
  • The stable version of Android Q is expected to be released in August 2019

On March 13, 2019, Google released the Android Q beta to the public. Right now, the Android Q beta is available only for the Pixel handsets. The beta testing phase will go through several stages before the final build is released. To be precise, six beta updates will be released following the timeline below.

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Based on the above timeline, the second beta should arrive next month, with the third beta arriving around Google I/O time, which is May 2019. This version should be the one ready for general public testing and not developer-centric versions like beta 1 and beta 2. Beta 4 will present developers with the last chance to make sure everything is working while beta 5 and 6 should give Google the final chances of ironing out any kinks ahead of the official release in Q3 2019.

Unless you are okay with dealing with buggy software, this Q3 2019 release is perhaps what you should wait for.

As expected, none of the mobile phones from popular OEMs like Samsung, LG, Sony, Xiaomi, Huawei, OnePlus, etc. have an Android Q beta available for any of their devices at the moment. Maybe this will change when Android Q beta 2 or beta 3 arrives, which should happen in about a month or so from now.

Android Q eligible devices

Here’s a list of eligible Android Q devices for various OEMs. Note that nothing is official about this list, but it’s based on our educated guesses. Of course, we’ll update it with official info once provided by respective vendors. For those eying the beta program, there is some good news for you as well. Apparently, the program will include more vendors and devices than last year’s seven, but we still don’t know the details.

Asus

The ZenFone Live L1 and ZenFone Lite L1 are unlikely to get an update to Android Q but expect the duo to switch to Pie at some point this 2019.

Blackberry

BlackBerry has never rolled out two Android OS updates to any of its devices since the PRIV. In fact, some users of the KEYone are stuck on Android Nougat, the debuting OS, and won’t receive Oreo, leave alone Pie. That said, it’s likely that none of the latest BB phones will get Android Q, that is, the Blackberry KEY2, BlackBerry KEY2 LE, Blackberry Evolve and Blackberry Evolve X.

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Google

March 13, 2019: Google has released Android Q beta for all of the six handsets above. You can download the Android Q factory image right here. If you have a thing for visuals, then you can download the Android Q wallpapers here.

HTC

Huawei

  • Huawei Nova 3
  • Huawei Nova 3i
  • Huawei P Smart+
  • Huawei P Smart 2019
  • Huawei Y6 2019
  • Huawei Y6 Pro 2019

Honor

  • Honor 8X
  • Honor 8X Max
  • Honor Play 8A
  • Honor Magic 2
  • Honor Magic 2 3D

LG

Motorola

Nokia

  • Nokia 1
  • Nokia 1 Plus
  • Nokia 2.1
  • Nokia 3.1
  • Nokia 3.1 Plus
  • Nokia 3.2
  • Nokia 4.2
  • Nokia 5.1
  • Nokia 5.1 Plus
  • Nokia 6.1
  • Nokia 6.1 Plus
  • Nokia 7 Plus
  • Nokia 7.1
  • Nokia 8.1
  • Nokia 8 Sirocco
  • Nokia 9 PureView

OnePlus

Oppo

  • Oppo R17
  • Oppo R17 Pro
  • Oppo Find X
  • Oppo F11
  • Oppo F11 Pro

Samsung

Sony

  • Sony Xperia 1
  • Sony Xperia 10
  • Sony Xperia 10 Plus
  • Sony Xperia XZ3
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium

Vivo

  • Vivo V15
  • Vivo V15 Pro
  • Vivo iQOO
  • Vivo NEX Dual Display
  • Vivo Nex S
  • Vivo Nex A

Xiaomi

  • Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
  • Xiaomi Mi Play
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Xiaomi Black Shark

ZTE

  • ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G
  • ZTE Blade V10
  • ZTE Axon 9 Pro
  • ZTE Nubia X
  • ZTE Nubia Red Magic Mars
  • ZTE Nubia Red Magic
  • ZTE Nubia Z18

Keep in mind that this isn’t the official or final list of devices that will receive Android Q update; however, most devices in the list should get the update at some point, although we still expect vendors to publish their official roadmaps later this year.

Stay tuned to this space since we will be adding the latest news regarding the Android Q update.

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