You might have a better shot at receiving the Android Q beta on your non-Google phone this year

You might have a better shot at receiving the Android Q beta on your non-Google phone this year
Last year, when Google released the Android P beta, Pixel and Nexus handsets were able to download it. Being Google phones, that was to be expected. But Google also partnered with other manufacturers, allowing seven different non-Pixel or Nexus models to receive the beta builds of Android P. Those devices included the Essential Phone, Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6, Oppo R15 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ2, Vivo X21 and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S.

With Google I/O 2019 starting on May 7th (and running through May 9th), the thoughts of Android users will soon turn to Android Q. Google developer Illiyan Malchev, who heads up the Project Treble team at Google says that Treble was the main reason why so many non-Google handsets were able to install the Android P beta last year. This initiative has made it faster and easier for Android phones to process software updates. 

And this year, according to the developer's comments on the Android Developers Backstage podcast (via XDA), we will see more non-Google phones get a crack at the Android Q beta. During the podcast, Malchev that he can't reveal the exact number, but it will be more than the seven phones that supported the beta last year.


It was exactly one year ago yesterday when Google released a timeline for the Android P beta that started in mid-March with the alpha release of Android P. Hopefully, we will see an updated timeline released soon for Android Q.

Keep in mind that just because your phone might be able to install the Android Q beta, it doesn't mean that you should install it. Beta software is buggy and unstable. If you rely on your Android handset, most likely you will be better off awaiting the final, stable version of Android Q.

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12 Comments

1. someguy2261

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

Still on Oreo Samsung unlocked Note 9.i might be on Q in 2021 . MAYBE if Samsung start working on it now.

2. RevolutionA

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Lol. Problems of Android

4. Mrmark

Posts: 398; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Samsung isn't missing out on anything . Surf the net, text people and make phone calls, and take good photos, and has pioneered wireless charging, and screen tech.

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3138; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Sorry, but wireless charging was pioneered by Palm in 2009 with webOS. Even Nokia Windows phones had it before Samsung.

5. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

When I was younger I would care now it’s more about stability not the latest feature. Seeing that android phones have way more features out of the box I shrug at slow upgrades. Split screen for example iPhones have these killer cpus but can’t do that still. It’s been years since that feature has been on Android. I have a pixel 2 now but I have found fast updates screw with apps that I rely on for business. It takes months for devs to fix so slow updates is actually better for me.

8. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

The Note 9 got Oreo along with one UI for a while now. If you didn’t get, I recommend you to use Odin and choose correct firmware fromhttps://www.sammobile.com/firmwares. This is all official so no heed to worry. This process is very helpful when your Phone is from some other region.

3. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Worst thing that Samsung phones still doesn’t support Project Treble.

6. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 115; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

No s9 and above support it

12. ing0ram

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 15, 2019

Yes they do. Even in those links it says that they support project Treble, but not the Seamless system updates, but that is something different.

7. matistight

Posts: 987; Member since: May 13, 2009

"Last year, when Google released the Android P beta, Pixel and Nexus handsets were able to download it." No Nexus device supports Android Pie or the beta (unofficially.)

10. abhicool

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 25, 2018

I am sure, this time also NOKIA will be one of the first few companies who will provide Q to their phones

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