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Google Releases Android Q Beta 4 Update for Pixel Smartphones

During the Google I/O 2019 held last month in California, the company released the Android Q Beta 3 update. Today, it came up with the latest Android Q Beta 4 update for the Pixel smartphones including the new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. While Essential is the only third-party manufacturer to release the Android Q Beta 4 for its Essential Phone, the other manufacturers will be releasing the latest version for their compatible devices in the coming weeks.

Google will release two more beta updates before the final release in Q3. The upcoming Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL could be the first smartphones to come with the all-new Android Q out of the box. The Beta 4 update also includes the final version of Android Q APIs and the official SDK. The developers can now submit apps targetting the latest version of Android (API 29) to the PlayStore. Instead of bringing new features, the new update confirms some of the features to be in their final version.

If your Pixel smartphone is already on Android Q Beta 3 update, then you might have already received the OTA update. However, there are few reports of failure in the installation of Beta 4 update and the devices are being stuck while rebooting. When updated to the latest Android Q Beta 4, a few devices are booting directly into recovery mode with a failed update error showing up on the screen. As of now, the bootloop issue is only limited to a very few handsets.

The apps targetting Android Q will be supporting Dark Theme, Gestures Navigation, Suggested Replies, and more. With the launch of foldable smartphones, Google already announced the Android Q to natively support foldable. If you have a Pixel smartphone and want to try out the Android Q for the first time, then you enroll your device for the OTA update or click on this link to manually flash the latest Android Q Beta 4 update. Stay tuned on Phone Radar for more details!

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