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Android Q Beta: Install it right now on Pixel, OnePlus, Huawei and 13 more phones

The beta version of Android Q is now available on 21 phones from 12 different manufacturers.

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As it did with Android Pie, Google has expanded the Android Q beta program beyond its own Pixel phone lineup. The beta program was officially opened up to include 21 phones on Tuesday during the opening keynote at Google I/O. The company also announced a new smart display called the Google Nest Hub Max and improvements to Google Assistant, and revealed more details about Android Q.

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.

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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:

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?

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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.