First Android Q beta release may be sooner than you think

Ruben Fields
March 12, 2019

So far, not many features are revealed but the long-awaited system-wide dark mode is coming as well as a desktop mode, that's for sure. Google has opened up Android Q Beta bug tracker and it will be launched on 11th of March. Every year, around this time Google usually takes the wraps off its latest Android Beta version. Now it is just a waiting game until Google pushes out the latest build to developers and enthusiasts, which could happen any day now leading up to Google I/O in May.

As Mishaal notes, Google's Android Q Beta Issue Tracker has a default date filter of March 11th.

Earlier the versions were only made available on Google's own Nexus and Pixel devices.

Last year, the Android 9.0 beta was rolled out to a number of devices in addition to Google's Pixel smartphones, including handsets from OnePlus, Nokia, Xiaomi, and Sony. It's a partial confirmation that the search giant is soon announcing Android Q Beta within the next few hours.

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Iliyan Malchev, a Project Treble development team member, went on the Android Developers Backstage podcast to talk about the progress on his ongoing effort to streamline the incredibly clunky software update process.

Commenting on the Android Q software preview for more and more smartphones Illiyan said, "Yeah, in fact, it was fully due to Treble". Like all previous releases of Android, Q will make its way to the Pixels before rolling out to other OEMs.

"At Google I/O [2018], when we did the first beta, we had all these companies lined up and that was really that wonderful", Malchev said. And I think it was for the first time we had all of these companies line up to do developer previews and betas for Android Pie well ahead of the AOSP publication date. I can not share the exact numbers yet.

Illiyan didn't reveal the exact number of devices that will possibly be a part of the Android Q Beta Program, neither did he identify the phones.

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