Published: Mon, March 11, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

The Android Q Beta is likely launching in just a few hours

The Android Q Beta is likely launching in just a few hours

While there's still an exclusive period for Pixel and still-supported Nexus phones, Google has started a beta testing phase for seven OEMs a year ago. The search giant has just opened up the Android Q Beta bug tracker, and it appears that the beta will be launched on March 11.

The most common Android version is still Android 6.x Marshmallow, which launched in 2015, and is still running on more than 1 in 5 devices worldwide.

Google's I/O event is in a couple of months (May 7-9) wherein we would be witnessing the Android's latest operating system - the Android Q (via first Developer Preview), which will surely pack in exciting features out of which the Dark mode is the most anticipated one.

This piece of information was revealed by Android Developer Mr. Illiyan Malchev in the Android Developers Backstage podcast (Source: XDA Developers).

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It's worth pointing out that the early beta releases are very unstable, and tend to take away a lot of features in devices that would otherwise work on a stable version of Android. As you might notice, big names like Samsung, LG, and Huawei are missing from the list, but this year the number of Android smartphones that will be compatible with the Android Q Beta will be bigger.

This year, Android developer Illiyan Malchev hints that there will be even more companies joining the party for Android Q Beta. The first Android P developer preview was released in March, with the second Android P developer preview, known as Android P Beta, released at Google I/O in May a year ago and featuring several OEMs in the beta programme.

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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