Android Q Beta 5 rollout temporarily halted by Google due to an unannounced issue

Android Q Beta 5 rollout temporarily halted by Google due to an unannounced issue
UPDATE: Google has resumed rolling out Android Q Beta 5. Pixel users can join the Beta program by clicking right here. Keep in mind that once you join the Beta program, you can stay with it until the final and stable version of Android Q is sent out. Or, you can leave and return to Android 9 Pie. However, to do so, you'll have to perform a factory reset. Keep in mind that Beta versions of Android are buggy and your favorites features or apps might not work correctly. Your best bet is to hold out for the official release which should take place some time this quarter

As we told you yesterday, Google started disseminating Android Q Beta 5 to all Pixel models. But a post from the official Google account on Reddit notes that OTA updates of the penultimate Beta version of the next Android build have been "temporarily paused." Google only notes that it is "aware of an issue" without going into further details. With one more beta update left until the stable and final version of Android Q is rolled out later this quarter, now is a good time to remind consumers that these Beta previews are mostly released so that developers can make sure that their apps are running correctly, and to provide Google with some feedback on the new build. They are notoriously unstable and if your Pixel is your daily driver, just understand that Android Q will be here soon enough.

If hearing that Google has pushed the pause button on the Android Q Beta 5 rollout sounds familiar, well, it should be. Last month, distribution of the fourth Beta preview was also temporarily halted when the update put some Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL units into a bootloop. Luckily, unlike past bootloops that affected some Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X owners (for which they were partially compensated for their problems via class-action suits), rebooting the phone from Recovery mode or doing a factory reset seemed to end the problem. And Google pushed out a bug fix in the monthly July update sent to Pixel handsets.


Android Q is expected to bring some new features such as a "system-wide" dark mode, new gestures for navigation, access to the navigation bar from anywhere on the screen, new Google Assistant animation, Live Captions and more.

Several Pixel owners were dismayed to find that the update was pulled right while they were in the middle of installing it. As soon as we hear that Google is resuming the distribution of Android Q Beta 5 update, we will update this story.

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13 Comments

1. droidboy

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Damn it, I literally signed up this morning! But glad I wont have those issues.

2. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Tread lightly. This is why it's called a BETA. There are bound to be issues that can pop up during the beta phase. This is why you have to do a factory reset if you decided to leave the beta program so that you have a clear slate back to the latest official build.

3. iloveapps

Posts: 715; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

I wonder how many are subscribe to this beta. As for apple, its huge.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Two temporary halts to its beta in as many months? Smh....At least Google is on the ball with catching the many issues. Let’s hope there isn’t a temporary halt to beta #6.

5. palmguy

Posts: 974; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Q Beta 5 out to the PH1! Essential phone Company for the WIN!

6. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. Essential is still the best outside of the Pixel. They are even better than some Android One phones that sometimes get updates later than usual.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Essential Phone has actually become better with the updates. Google could learn from them. Less issues with their updates.

11. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It's funny how some people are now trying to ride the Essential bandwagon after they've been improving it nonstop and they sometimes get updates before some Android One phones do.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s funny how some people talk about riding a bandwagon, when they were riding the OnePlus bandwagon not too long ago. So hypocritical.

7. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Temporary halts of a BETA. Some people are either clueless or just plain hard of hearing because it clearly says that this is beta software and there is the possibility of issues. Sometimes common sense isn't so common.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

No one has any issue of understanding that this is a beta. Only those that are deflecting from the fact that two temporary halts to a beta from Google in as many months is a problem think like this. Sometimes common sense isn’t so common.

10. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Yup, I called it. Some people are clueless to the facts. This is a beta. Issus will occur. That's why it's in beta ffs.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yup, I called it. Some people are absolutely clueless about the facts. This being a beta does not change the fact that halting two betas in as many months is a problem. They are clearly getting aggressive over the truth.

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