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More smartphones will be able to access Android Q beta testing program

More devices will be available to participate in the Android Q beta program when it launches. (Source: Google)
More devices will be available to participate in the Android Q beta program when it launches. (Source: Google)
Early adopters can keen to get their hands on the Android Q beta will have a wider range of devices from which to choose this time around. Android developer Illiyan Malhev has revealed the even more OEMs will be on board for the Android Q beta testing program expected to launch at Google’s I/O 2019 developer conference in May.

Google’s Project Treble helped ensure that the Android 9 Pie beta program had several OEMs on board for the preview to help with the final development phase of the operating system. In the past, this was limited to Google’s own Pixel hardware. The good news for those interested in getting their hands on Android Q as soon as possible is that Google will add even more OEM’s this time around.

Speaking on the Android Developers Backstage podcast, Android developer Illiyan Malchev revealed that there will be even more OEMs on board for the final development and testing phase of Google’s next version of Android. Although not revealing names, it is safe to bet that OEMs participating this time around will include those involved last year including Sony, Nokia, OnePlus, LG, HTC, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi.

Will any luck, this could mean Samsung and Huawei will join the fold. This would mean devices like the just launched Galaxy S10 could get a much earlier look at Google’s latest and greatest than is otherwise usually the case. This could also help the process of pushing out the finished version of Android Q to users faster than in the past. Manufacturers who participated in the Android 9 Pie beta have generally been better at pushing upgrades to devices launched with Android 8 Oreo.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-03-11 (Update: 2019-03-11)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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