Aqeel: 11 March, 2019 15:57
New versions of Android are usually released in the second half of the year, with the latest stable version – Android 9 Pie – having reached Pixel devices in August last year. 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 last year and featuring several OEMs in the beta programme.
Google is expected to release its first
Android Q developer preview later today and showcase the Android Q Beta at Google I/O 2019 in May this year. Now, a Google executive has revealed that more brands and smartphones will be on board with the Android Q beta program, making it available on many more devices. Separately, the Google bug tracker for Android Q Beta has been opened up, and thanks to a date filter on it, it appears the release of the first developer preview will be later today.
Historically, Google had limited availability of the early Android beta versions to the Google Pixel series, but last year was the first time that non-Pixel devices were compatible with the beta version. Essential, Nokia, OnePlus, Oppo, Sony, Vivo, and Xiaomi had limited devices that could be used with the beta version, giving developers and advanced users early access to the latest version of Android. This year, according to a developer for Project Treble at Google, more brands will have compatible smartphones on the beta programme.
The information was revealed by Iliyan Malchev, a Google employee who is working on Project Treble. During an episode of the Android Developers Backstage podcast, he revealed that ‘the number is bigger for the upcoming Android release’, referring to the number of smartphone makers participating in the Android Q beta programme. This means that many more users will be able to access the earliest versions of Android Q before its full release.
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