The Android Q Beta is likely launching in just a few hours

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In the issue tracker, which Google recently made viewable to the public, Google provides a link (highlighted in red in the image below) to a page where you can view previously reported bugs.

A Geekbench listing just surfaced telling a story of a Google Pixel 2 handset running Android Q. This is a strong indication that the Developer Preview of Android Q is just around the corner. According to a bug tracker for Android Q Beta as spotted by Mishaal Rahman of XDA, the latest Android version is scheduled for launch later today. I assumed that was in part due to Treble, making it easier for those devices to be....

The Android Q developer preview, an early version of the major Android update planned for later this year, may launch today.

Illiyan: Yeah, in fact it was fully due to Treble.

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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. We had, I believe, eight OEMs including Pixels, so seven OEMs other than Pixel.

Google has not officially given the list of OEM's that will be part of the Android Q Beta this year, but it confirmed that a larger number companies will be a part of it when compared to last year. When Google released the first Android P beta a year ago, it supported a variety of devices not just the Pixel 2. Essential, Nokia, OnePlus, Oppo, Sony, Vivo, and Xiaomi had limited devices that could be used with the beta version, giving developers and advanced users early access to the latest version of Android. The number is bigger for the upcoming Android release, which I am very happy about.

We always love to hear about the new Android version and its features. I can not share the exact numbers yet. It's likely that the first Android Q beta will be available on some of this year's hottest flagships, in addition to the Pixel 3 series.

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