Google announces Android Q Beta 1 for Pixel Phones

Alonzo Simpson
March 14, 2019

Google launched the first Android P Developer Preview build in mid-March previous year, but there's a high chance that the first Android Q beta release will drop a few days earlier.

Last year, Google opened up its Android P Beta Program to seven more devices other than its own Nexus or Pixel series. Last year, there were eight OEMs including Pixels that received the Android Pie beta. The smartphones introduced in the project are OnePlus 6, Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s, Essential Phone and Nokia 7 Plus.

This year we could see OEM's like Samsung, Huawei, LG along with RealMe could be a part of the Android Q Beta testing programme.

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A template explaining how to file bug reports for Android Q Beta was spotted by XDA Developers Editor-in-Chief Mishaal Rahman. The Android Q Beta bug tracker can be used to report issues related to Android Q Beta only and the testers can star or comment on an issue which has been already posted. Mark your calendars if you wish to test the early builds of the unreleased OS.

Android is Google's operating system that is harnessed by billions of devices across the globe.

Adding fuel to the speculation is an interesting new Geekbench listing for an unknown device running Android Q. Though the device model isn't stated outright, its "walleye" motherboard is, which basically confirms that we're looking at a listing for the Pixel 2. For reference, we tend to release the new version of Android sometime in August. In the meantime, we'll be keeping an eye out for more information on these upcoming Android Q betas, so stay tuned. The "Wall Street Journal" a revealed that these same set of developer tools that scrape data when you use a mobile app and send it to Facebook which is employed on iPhone apps, despite Apple's much more stringent privacy rules and protections.

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