Android Q will be the next major release from the house of Google – the tenth in fact, and the 17th version overall of the Android mobile OS. The Beta is available for the geeks and early adopters. Of course, this is for those who want to try out the latest feel of Android and definitely not for mainstream users.
Android Q Beta Release Dates
The first iteration of the Android Q Beta was released on March 13 this year. The second Beta launch happened on April 3 that addressed issues like app bubbles and a few bug fixes. The third Beta followed the next month on the 7th, which was during the Google I/O.
On June 5, 2019, the world saw the release of Beta four that had the finalized Android Q APIs as well as SDK and was the final incremental update. It was inclusive of Dynamic System Updates. The next routine Beta – Beta 5, came out on July 10 with regular optimizations and bug fixes.
Is Your Phone Compatible?
If you are an Android geek and don’t worry about your phone’s data being lost in such Beta stages of testing, you can experiment with various Beta versions provided you have a compatible Android Q Beta phone. As a matter of fact, there are 23 phones compatible so far including the entire range of Pixel phones. Asus, Huawei, LG, Nokia, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sony, Vivo, and Xiaomi have a few compatible models as of now. And yes, remember that the Essential phone is compatible as well.
Let’s be a bit more specific in listing out the compatible devices (after all, just saying “Sony” won’t give you an idea that it’s the Sony Xperia XZ3 phone we are talking about. So, as said above, all the Pixel phones are compatible. And here’s the list of eligible partner devices:
Asus Zenfone 5Z
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Sony Xperia XZ3
Oppo Reno (standard model)
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
Xiaomi Mi 9
OnePlus 6/6T/7/ 7 Pro
How Do I Install Android Q Beta?
Let’s face it Google’s Android adaptation rate is always slower than Apple’s iOS. That’s why the search engine giant wants to make sure that their OS reaches the maximum people without much hassle. So, there are a couple of ways by which you can install the Android Q on your compatible phone. Let’s take a look at both.
Method 1: Install Android Q Beta Via OTA Updates
Over-the-air updates are the easier of the two methods. But as the name suggests, if an “over-the-air” update, which means you need to wait until the updates coming your way. For this, you need to enroll in the program. It allows the users to receive and preview the latest Beta on their devices.
Step 1: Sign up for the Android Beta Program by visiting this link. The download links are for Pixel devices only.
Step 2: You’ll then need to sign in to your Google account.
Step 3: Considering you have a supported device, it/they will be listed. Here you need to click for enrolling in the Beta program.
Step 4: Now navigate to Settings -> System -> Advanced -> System Update where the download will be available. Do wait a few minutes if they don’t show up immediately.
Once done, you will keep getting each new OTA versions automatically.
Method 2: Download and Flash Android Q Beta Image
Here’s another way to get the Android Q, which is more conventional. It’s a manual process carried out through flashing.
Step 1: For that, you will have to download (from Google) and flash the images. The download links here list the zip files for all Google Pixel devices, from the original Pixel to the Pixel 3a XL.
Step 2: Choose the image to download that goes with your device. It is usually a zip file. Just downloading the images isn’t enough. Crosscheck that you have the latest fastboot tool as well.
Step 3: Copy the zip file Make sure that you have connected your phone to the computer over USB.
Step 4: Download and install Android SDK Platform Tools, which contains adb tool we need to flash the system image.
Step 5: Open Command Prompt on Windows and navigate to the folder where adb tool sits. Now run the following command to find your Android device:
Step 6: Flash the Android Q beta system image to Android by running this command:
adb sideload /path/to/ota_file.zip
Note: But be forewarned that this kind of installation is from scratch and it wipes out all the data from your device. They do not automatically receive any OTA updates either.
So, the best thing is to back up all the data. Or use a device that doesn’t contain important stuff even if it gets lost. In short, it’s better not to use your primary phone for such flashing.
To guide you through your installation, here are more details you can find.