Android Q beta is now available for some phones. We compile here the list of devices that can already or will download Android Q beta and which ones would receive the final update of Android 10 in the coming months.
The next version of Android, currently known as Android Q or Android 10, will be officially released as an update in the third quarter of 2019, offering improvements in security, new gestures, dark mode, native compatibility with 5G and folding phones, among other novelties.
Currently, you can update phones to Android Q beta, but for the time being it is advisable to wait because as it is still in the testing phase you will still find frequent errors. If you decide to download Android Q beta, I would recommend that you do it on a cell phone other than the one you use as the main one.
The process of releasing the Android Q update
Android Q has already had beta versions and three more are still missing before the final version arrives in the third quarter of 2019.
The release varies greatly depending on the device and has changed a bit since last year with Android Pie, probably thanks to the new modularity introduced by Android (Android 8.0) to allow updates to be simpler and not so dependent on the update of drivers of chip manufacturers and components in cell phones. However, some companies have remained constant since versions such as Android Nougat and Marshmallow arrived.
The companies that released Android Pie most quickly last year include Essential (with the Essential Phone), OnePlus and HMD Global (Nokia), followed by companies such as Sony and Xiaomi.
LG, HTC, and Motorola were not far away, while Samsung and Huawei took longer to release the Android Q update.
Why Android updates take so much time and do not reach all users at once?
Just think of the different Android phones that are around the world (there are millions). Not all have the same screen size, the same processor or the same components, and there are often modifications to optimize them for different markets or regions.
This means that each manufacturer has to optimize and make the appropriate modifications for the operating system to work properly in each of the cell phone models.
In addition, it is necessary that the manufacturers of different components update the drivers of these to work properly with Android.
Also, working and enabling an update also means time and money, so each manufacturer evaluates this to see if it is really worth releasing the update of the new flavor of Android.
On the other hand, updates may also require approvals from Google and operators, something that delays the process. It is for these and other reasons that not all of us receive each update at the same time.
Cell phones compatible with Android Q
Google has already revealed which phones are compatible with Android Q or Android 10 and that they can start enjoying the news, at least in beta.
You can now download Android Q (or in the coming weeks):
- Pixel 2
- Pixel 2 XL
- Pixel XL
- Nokia 8.1
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro
- OnePlus 6
- OnePlus 6T
- OnePlus 7
- Essential Phone (PH-1)
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
- Xiaomi Mi 9
- Oppo Reno
- Realme 3 Pro
- Sony Xperia XZ3
- Tecno Spark 3Pro
- I live X27
- I live Nex S
- I live Nex A
- Asus ZenFone 5Z
- Tecno Spark 3 Pro
There are other cell phones that companies have not confirmed that they can be updated to Android 10 Q, but then we collect the ones that we believe will be updated to the next version of Android.
- Galaxy S10 Plus
- Galaxy S10
- Galax S10E
- Galaxy Fold (if it is not canceled)
- Galaxy Note 9
- LG G8 ThinQ
- LG V50 ThinQ
- LG V40 ThinQ
On May 9, in the future starting with eight of its cell phones.
- Huawei Mate 20 (Confirmed that you will receive the update)
- Mate 20 Pro (Confirmed that you will receive the update)
- Mate 20 X (Confirmed that you will receive the update)
- Mate 20 RS Porsche Design (Confirmed that you will receive the update)
- Huawei P30 Pro (Confirmed that you will receive the update)
- Huawei P30 (Confirmed that you will receive the update)
- Honor View 20 (V20) (Confirmed that you will receive the update)
- Honor Magic 2 (Confirmed that you will receive the update)
- Huawei P20 Pro
- Huawei P20
- Honor 20
- Honor View 20
- Moto G7 Plus
- Moto G7
- Moto G7 Power
- Moto G7 Play
- Moto Z3
- Moto Z3 Play
- Nokia 8.1
- Nokia 7.1
- Nokia 7X
- Nokia 5.1 Plus
- OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition
- OnePlus 5T
- OnePlus 5
- Sony Xperia 1