Android Q will be released by Google in a matter of a few months. Hence, we can presume that there will be a Developer Preview that will be released in the near future, based on last year’s chronology for the Android Pie Developer Preview.
Android Q Beta
It’s widely speculated that the Android Q Beta program will be released on the 7th of May at Google I/O 2019. Last year Google brought a positive change to the Android Pie Beta program. Google enabled some devices that weren’t part of the Pixel and Nexus line to receive the Beta update. Google worked together with seven different OEMs to bring the Beta program to seven different devices. Project Treble played a huge role in making this possible. The devices were namely the; Essential PH-1, Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6, Oppo R15 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ2, Vivo X21, and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. It seems that Google was very keen on doing this and are now going to further expand the Beta programs reach to more OEMs and devices.
This revelation came from Illiyan Malchev, who is an Android Developer. Malchev stated after being asked a question in the Android Developers Backstage podcast, episode 110:
“Q: I noticed that when we announced the Android Pie preview at last year’s I/O. there were several devices that were announced at that time, which I thought was new to have that many different devices coming out. I assumed that was in part due to Treble, making it easier for those devices to be….
Illiyan: Yeah, in fact, it was fully due to Treble. We had, I believe, eight OEMs including Pixels, so seven OEMs other than Pixel. And I think it was for the first time we had all of these companies line up. to do developer previews and betas for Android Pie. Well ahead of the AOSP publication date. For reference, we tend to release the new version of Android some time in August. So at Google I/O , when we did the first beta, we had all these companies lined up and that was really that amazing. The number is bigger for the upcoming Android release, which I am very happy about. I cannot share the exact numbers yet. But the trend is positive and strong, and I am very happy about this.”
Malchev stated that “the number [of companies participating in the beta] is bigger for the upcoming Android release.” You can listen to the exact moment here. Unfortunately, not much insight has been given to us by Malchev. The number of supported devices is unknown at the time We can expect devices like the Pocophone F1, S10, and Xiaomi’s Redmi’s devices to be added to the new Beta ready list.
The Developer preview is expected to be released this month, this will be a Pixel-exclusive update. While the Beta Program is expected to be launched at Google I/O in May. The final and full release of Android Q will most likely be at some point in August. You can read more about Android Q here.