LG, Huawei, Sony and OnePlus phones get the Android Q beta release early, but not Samsung

LG, Huawei, Sony and OnePlus phones get the Android Q beta release early, but not Samsung
Slow manufacturer updates are the Android issue that doesn't really need an introduction at this point because everyone knows the drill. Google releases new Android Dessert. Anywhere between 3 months to a year later, the update has reached your phone, assuming it isn't older than, say, 18 months. It's not only manufacturers at fault, though. The multi-tiered Android update process is rather convoluted, especially when carrier testing and approval gets involved.

Google, however, took taking tangible steps to reduce the overhead and quicken up those updates a bit. Ahead of I/O 2017, the Android household announced Project Treble. Touting it as the biggest change to Android's system architecture ever, it separates the low-level code written by SoC manufacturers like Samsung and Qualcomm from the Android OS codebase. This is the very basic gist of it, and the result is that device makers can now deliver updates by updating only code relevant to the OS without further work needed from the silicon-slingers.

Thus, a significant bottleneck in the update process is bypassed and new Android updates ought to be reaching devices sooner. Nowhere is that more visible than with the ever-increasing number of devices that receive early beta Android releases. This year, with Android 10 Q, it's no less than 23 phones that will participate, though for some reason the juggernaut Samsung, as well as Motorola, are excluded, but there are plenty of the up-and-coming Chinese manufacturers on the list. Here are all the non-Google phones that will get the Android Q goods early, albeit in a preview version, in alphabetical order, click on the links to download the update for your respective device:

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6 Comments

1. AbhiD

Posts: 602; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

I don't know how this list is incomplete. OnePlus has announced in it's forums that Developer Preview is available for both OnePlus 6 and 6T. Infact as soon as OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro are announced next week, both will get Q dev preview as well. So in all, that makes 4 phones from OnePlus only.

2. Tech-shake

Posts: 211; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

The fact that the g8 is there and the s10 isn’t is astounding to me. Yes many of the features in Q are available on OneUI. However, the privacy and parental control features ( which I really appreciate) are all not there. Samsung really needs to stop pretending that their phones aren’t android!

3. iloveapps

Posts: 521; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Samsung will support Android Q next year. Better late than never.

4. Feanor

Posts: 1315; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

...and as usual the first phone with Android 10 Q out of the box will be the Sony Xperia autumn flagship. Better sooner than later. You can praise Samsung when it deserves praise but you don't need to seek excuses when it doesn't deliver.

5. Feanor

Posts: 1315; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Rumour has it (and it's probably true) that Samsung doesn't care to support Project Tremble, so its handsets are not compatible and therefore automatically excluded by any Android Beta testing. It also has the effect of delayed update to next Android version by several months.

6. Tech-shake

Posts: 211; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Samsung does support project trebel. However, samsung chooses not to include their phones in the beta tests for some reason.

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