Android Q, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, is expected to arrive in August. It's currently in the beta stages, with a third beta announced today at Google I/O (watch the live stream here). Provided you have a compatible phone, there's no need to wait any longer to try out the new Android OS.
Chances are you now do have a compatible phone, since Google has more than doubled the number of devices compatible with the Android Q beta. It says there are now 21 phones compatible, including all Pixels. That includes devices from OnePlus, Xiaomi, Asus, Huawei, Sony, Nokia, Oppo, LG, Essential, Vivo and Realme.
How to download Android Q
If you're happy with all the details (check our FAQ below before you pull the trigger) then here's how to download Android Q on your phone.
- Back up your phone – Settings > System > Backup
- Enrol in the Android Q beta program here
- Wait for an over the air update or check manually – Settings > System > System update
What phones can get Android Q?
You'll only be able to get Android Q if you have a Pixel smartphone. The full list of compatible devices is below:
- Pixel XL
- Pixel 2
- Pixel 2 XL
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 3 XL
Is this the final version of Android Q?
No. Be aware that this is a beta. That means it's likely to be unstable in places and it's not recommended that you use it on your main phone unless you're happy to put up with possible issues.
Here's Google's official warning: "The updates that you'll receive as a part of this program are pre-release versions, and may contain errors and defects that can affect normal functioning of your device. You will not be able to un-enroll and revert back to a lower public release version of Android without first wiping all locally saved data on your device. You may also encounter issues restoring a backup."
I enrolled for the Android P beta, do I need to do it again?
Yes. Even if you signed up for the Android P beta, you need to do it again for Android Q.