The first developer preview for Android Q is expected to arrive soon based on the trend observed last year for Android Pie Developer Preview.
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.
Last year, Google opened up its Android P Beta Program to seven more devices other than its own Nexus or Pixel series. The seven smartphones, which received the Android Pie Beta were Essential PH-1, Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6, Sony Xperia XZ2, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21 and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S.
This year, however, Google is planning to team up with more smartphone manufacturers to include more devices in the queue for Android Q Beta program.
This piece of information was revealed by Android Developer Mr. Illiyan Malchev in the Android Developers Backstage podcast (Source: XDA Developers).
In an excerpt from the podcast, Mr. Malchev said:
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“[A]t Google I/O , when we did the first beta, we had all these companies lined up and that was really that amazing. The number is bigger for the upcoming Android release, which I am very happy about. I cannot share the exact numbers yet. But the trend is positive and strong, and I am very happy about this.”
While he didn’t reveal the exact number or name of the devices which would be eligible for the Android Q Beta Program, he did admit that this year, the Beta program will have wide coverage.