Google officially talked about its Android Q software at Google I/O, and this year, the Developer Preview is available for a total of 21 phones right now. Apart from all Pixel phones, the new update will be available on 15 other partner devices. Before we get into the full list, let’s talk about some features Android Q brings to the table.
Android Q Features: What’s changed?
Here are some star highlights of Google’s 10th Android version:
- Android Q finally brings in a dark theme.
- Google adds a new navigation bar. You can now swipe for the back action.
- A new Focus mode in Android Q can be used to temporarily disable distracting apps.
- Android Q gets native 5G support.
- Android Q has a heat monitoring API.
- More elaborate Parental controls with bonus time are coming to Android Q
- There is native support for AVI video codec (for data saving)
- Smart reply (for suggested replies) will be available in notifications and many more places.
- Live captions that caption all videos and audios on your phone in real time will be a native Android Q feature.
- Screen continuity for foldable phones has been added.
- It would be easier to access your privacy and data settings on Android Q
- With Android Q you will get more location sharing control.
- Some OS modules will now be able to update in the background, without requiring a reboot.
List of Android Q Phones in India
Out of 21 phones that support Android Q Beta, about half are available in India. These include.
- Realme 3 Pro – Review | Price
- OnePlus 6T – Review | Price
- Asus Zenfone 5Z – Review | Price
- Nokia 8.1 – Price
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro – Review | Price
- Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3 – Price
- Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2 – Review | Price
- Pixel XL and Pixel – Price
Other phones with Android Q support:
- Essential Phone PH-1
- LG G8 ThinQ
- Oppo Reno
- Sony Xperia XZ3
- Vivo X27
- Vivo Nex S
- Vivo Nex A
- Xiaomi Mi 9
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
- Tecno Spark 3 pro
How to download Android Q Beta on your phone?
The process will differ from phone to phone. To start with, you can directly head to Google’s supported device page. From here, scroll down to your phone and hit “Get the Beta” option.
You will now be redirected to the respective manufacturer page from where you can download the Beta package and flash it from recovery. The OEM pages also list ‘Known issues’ with the Beta preview, and we suggest that you go through them before you flash the new software.
Alternatively, you could also flash Android Q Beta using Emulator. Detailed steps to do so are mentioned on Android Q Beta page.
Should you download Android Q Beta?
Right now we wouldn’t recommend that you download the Android Q Beta on your primary phone. We have been testing Android Q on Realme 3 Pro and there are many issues to be dealt with including random app crashes, stuttering, lack of fingerprint sensor support and so on. Suffice to say, there are good chances that Android Q might break a few important things on your phone and you are advised to practice caution if you are unsure of what you are getting into.