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

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New versions of Android are usually released in the second half of the year, with the latest stable version - Android 9 Pie - having reached Pixel devices in August last year. The report of the XDA reveals, and according to Illiyan Malchev - an Android developer who had admitted in a podcast suggesting the possibility of adding more Android OEMs to this year's Android Q Beta program. And for the upcoming Google I/O this year, Illiyan has revealed the number of OEMs this year is certainly bigger, and he's feeling happy about it. While there's still an exclusive period for Pixel and still-supported Nexus phones, Google has started a beta testing phase for seven OEMs a year ago.

And as promised Google had delivered the early Android P Beta program for those devices and had opened up the initial beta testing previews for the developers.

The Pixel-exclusive Developer Preview is expected to last for a month or two after following which the Android Q Beta program would commence - most likely at the Google I/O 2019 which is scheduled for May 7, 2019.

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The most common Android version is still Android 6.x Marshmallow, which launched in 2015, and is still running on more than 1 in 5 devices worldwide. 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 new report suggests that for the next Android version aka Android Q, Google is working on collaborating with more and more OEMs to have them run Android Q Beta update.

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. And I think it was for the first time we had all of these companies line up to do developer previews and betas for Android Pie well ahead of the AOSP publication date. "But the trend is positive and strong, and I am very happy about this".

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