As it did with Android Q beta program beyond its own . The beta program was officially opened up to include 21 phones on Tuesday during the . The company also announced a new and , and revealed ., Google has expanded the
Before we go any further -- we don't recommend installing Android Q on your primary phone. Because it's still at the beta stage, there will be bugs that break things and all but ruin battery life. If you don't have an old phone that's compatible with the beta program, it's a good idea to wait until later in the testing cycle before jumping in. Google warns users during the signup process, "Certain functionality (including core functionality, such as your ability to place and receive calls) or applications may not work properly."
Beta testing is fun, sure. But if you need your phone to work 100 percent of the time, hold off.
With that said, if you're interested in providing feedback and helping Google track down bugs, below you'll find a list of supported devices as well as instructions for installing Android Q right now.
What devices are eligible?
This year Google has partnered with 12 different device makers to bring the total number of eligible phones to help test Android Q to 21. Here they are:
- Google Pixel XL ($230 at Amazon)
- Google Pixel 2 ($460 at Walmart)
- Google Pixel 2 XL ($663 at Walmart)
- Google Pixel 3 ($699 at Walmart)
- Google Pixel 3 XL ($699 at Amazon)
- ASUS ZenFone 5Z
- Essential Phone ($409 at Amazon)
- OnePlus 6T ($585 at Amazon)
- Realme 3 Pro
- Tecno Spark 3 Pro
- Vivo X27
- Vivo NEX S
- Vivo NEX A
- Xiaomi Mi 9
- Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 ($489 at Amazon) 5G
As with previous years, Samsung phones aren't included in the beta program. We've reached out to Samsung to learn why, and inquire about possible participation before the beta ends.
How do I install it?
The process varies based on the brand of your phone. Pixel users can visit the Google Beta website and opt in to the program. Essential Phone users will need to manually flash Android Q on their phone, or wait until the OTA build is available. The official Android Q Beta website lists every supported device and provides a link to instructions from the device maker for enrolling in the beta program.
Can I leave the beta?
Yes, but be prepared to factory-reset your phone and lose anything on it that's not backed up elsewhere. Once again, you'll need to visit the Android Q Beta list of devices for instructions specific to your phone.
Originally published March 13.
Update, May 7: Updated to include new devices.