At the Google I/O 2019, Google announced the all-new Android Q Beta 3 update. Till date, the Android Q Beta is only available for Google Pixel smartphones. Now, the Android Q Beta 3 will be available for 21 smartphones from 12 different OEMs. With the Android Q, Google adding supporting for foldable phones and 5G. Talking about the earlier launched devices, the Android Q Beta adds newly announced features like live caption, smart reply, dark theme, advanced privacy settings, focus mode, and more.
Below is the list of all smartphones which officially support the new Android Q Beta 3 update:
- ASUS ZenFone 5Z
- Essential Phone (a.k.a Essential PH-1)
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Google Pixel 3
- Google Pixel 3 XL
- Nokia 8.1
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro
- LG G8 ThinQ
- OnePlus 6T
- OPPO Reno
- Realme 3 Pro
- Sony Xperia XZ3
- Tecno Spark 3Pro
- Vivo X27
- Vivo NEX S
- Vivo NEX A
- Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G
- Xiaomi Mi 9
It’s good to see a lot of Chinese manufacturers providing the Android Q Developer Preview update. However, Samsung is one key OEM missing from the above list. You can find the step by step process for updating your compatible smartphone to the latest Android Q Beta 3. We are only including the devices which are officially launched in India. Before going any further, you also need to know that the beta build comes with some known issues and will be mostly unstable. We never recommended updating your primary smartphone with the beta build.
ASUS ZenFone 5Z
ASUS is one of the new OEMs to join the developer preview program. Last year’s Zenfone 5Z flagship smartphone is the only ASUS smartphone to get the Android Q Beta update. With this new update, the device won’t be supporting MicroSD cards with exFAT format. Also, there will be no beep sound when the volume up or volume down buttons are pressed. You need to have the Android Q update file in your laptop or desktop. Download the Android Q Beta 3 update file for your Zenfone 5Z from here.
- Switch off your Zenofne 5Z once it is charged up to 30%.
- Hold the Power and Volume Up buttons until your phone reboots.
- Connect the device to your PC.
- Unzip the Android Q update file.
- Double-click on “update_image.bat” to start the flash image command.
- Once the flashing is completed, hit the Enter key to restart your Zenfone 5Z.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Unlike other manufacturers, Huawei strictly restricts the Android Q Beta Update for only registered Android developers. To register, the developer should have already released at least one app on the Google Play Store. Also, the Huawei ID on the Mate 20 Pro must be registered with the same email address used for the Google Play Store developer account. First, download and install the Beta app from this link.
Now, the developer has to log in using the same Huawei ID and sign up for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro Developer project. After successful registration, the first Android Q Beta 3 update will be pushed out on May 11th and the following versions will be pushed out every Tuesday and Thursday. Check out this link, to know the complete list of bugs.
Last year, Nokia 7 Plus joined the developer preview program. Now in 2019, the Nokia 8.1 gets the Android Q Developer Preview update. Note that the beta only supports the following models – TA-1119, TA-1121, and TA-1128 and associated 00WW images. To get the Android Q Beta 3 update file, open this link on your Nokia 8.1 smartphone to add the device to your account.
Once the device is successfully added, you can request Android Q Beta 3 update file. Now, the following the instructions as mentioned on the website to install the downloaded file.
OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 6 & OnePlus 6T
The upcoming OnePlus 7 series along with the last year’s Oneplus 6 and OnePlus 6T will be supporting the Android Q beta 3. We will provide the links to download the update files for the Oneplus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro once the devices are officially launched. As of now, you try out the latest Android Q Beta on the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T smartphones.
- Download the Android Q Beta file for the OnePlus 6 or OnePlus 6T smartphone.
- Now, move the file from the downloads folder to the root folder.
- Open Settings > System > System Updates.
- Tap the top right icon, then tap Local Upgrade.
- Select the earlier downloaded file to install.
- Once the update is 100% installed, restart the device to experience the new Android Q Beta.
OPPO and Realme are yet to post the Android Q Beta update files. We will update once the company makes the details public. Just like last year, the Android Q developer preview for Vivo smartphones is only limited to China.