While Google has yet to finish rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to all the smartphones which are eligible to receive it, the Android parent is already working on its next operating system update. The update is called Android Q and Google announced today that the beta program for operating system updates will run smoother than with previous versions. Not only that, but Google also promised that more smartphones will be able to receive Android Q beta when compared to Android 9.0 Pie.
The beta versions of Android beta operating systems used to be exclusive to the Pixel and Nexus lineup which are directed by Google itself. However, things changed during Google’s I/O developer conference which took place last year when Google introduced Project Treble.
For those who are not familiar with Project Treble, this is a service that makes it possible for smartphones which are not Pixel or Nexus to download beta operating systems. The smartphones introduced in the project are OnePlus 6, Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s, Essential Phone and Nokia 7 Plus.
Expanding the Distribution of Android Q Beta
Iliyan Malchev is the head of Project Treble and he revealed in a recent episode of the Android Developers Backstage podcast that Android Q will roll out to more smartphones than Android 9.0 Pie.
“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,” said Malchev.
Even though the head of Project Treble didn’t announce which are the new smartphones that will receive access to Android Q, this is still great news for Android fans. Nonetheless, this information is going to be made available in a couple of months when Google is going to release Android Q beta.