Published: Mon, March 11, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

The Android Q beta will include more smartphones than Android’s Pie

The Android Q beta will include more smartphones than Android’s Pie

To report an issue, the tester needs to give as much information as they can in there report and it should at least include information like the Android Beta built that they are using, the device that is being used, the procedure to reproduce the problem and few more which are listed on the tracker. This collaboration by Google with different OEMs allowed seven new devices to receive an Android P Beta, vastly facilitating developers in taking advantage of their existing devices to develop for the Android ecosystem, even if the device was not a Pixel.

Project Treble is Google's move to make it easier for phone makers to update Android on their devices, separating the actual Android code from the layers that these other companies add on top - which should mean updates get pushed out faster.

Every year, around this time Google usually takes the wraps off its latest Android Beta version.

Illiyan: Yeah, in fact it was fully due to Treble. For reference, we tend to release the new version of Android some time in August.

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Historically, Google had limited availability of the early Android beta versions to the Google Pixel series, but previous year was the first time that non-Pixel devices were compatible with the beta version.

Iliyan Malchev, a Project Treble development team member, went on the Android Developers Backstage podcast to talk about the progress on his ongoing effort to streamline the incredibly clunky software update process. The number is bigger for the upcoming Android release, which I am very happy about. "But the trend is positive and strong, and I am very happy about this", said Mr Illiyan Malchev, Android Developer at Google.

This suggests the tracker will begin to feature bug reports from today onwards, indicating that Android Q will also arrive before the day is done. In 2018, it was 7 OEM's, excluding Google, have got the access to test Android Pie on the devices and those were, Essential Phone, OnePlus 6, Nokia 7 Plus, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Vivo X21, Oppo R15 Pro and Sony's Xperia XZ2.

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