On the inaugural day of its annual developer conference, Google announced some new features that would be available in the upcoming Android Q operating system. These features are currently under beta testing to iron out the bugs and other issues before the final stable version of the new operating system is rolled out later this year.
If you wish to get the taste of the action, you can try out these features by downloading the Android Q Beta 3, which is currently available for all Google Pixel devices and 15 other smartphones. Beware that this version of Android is intended for developers and is highly susceptible to system crashes and bugs, so think twice before installing it.
To install the new Beta, you will first have to check if you have one of the following smartphones that support Android Q beta:
All Google Pixel devices— Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
Asus ZenFone 5Z
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
LG G8 ThinQ
Realme 3 Pro
Sony Xperia XZ3
Tecno Spark 3Pro
Vivo NEX S
Vivo NEX A
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
Xiaomi Mi 9
If you're a Pixel user, you can enroll in the beta programme by simply logging in with a Google account, then selecting the compatible device on which you would like to install the beta on. Then you'll receive an over the air (OTA) update notification, just like a regular Android update. You'll keep receiving notifications for every new Android Q developer preview once you enroll yourself in the beta programme.
If you want to go the old-school way, you can always flash the Android Q beta to your Pixel phone. Google has provided a list of image downloads for the supported phones on its blog. You won't receive notifications for the newest Android Q beta OTA updates this way.
Google also launched its new “entry-premium" smartphones, the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. You can read its review here.