Watch out, folks: Android Q could arrive later today

We have seen reports that even more phones will be receiving the Beta this year so it looks like their could be a lot of folks playing with the next version of Android int he next few days.

This information has been revealed by Android Developer Illiyan Malchev in the Android Developers Backstage podcast. This collaboration by Google with different OEMs allowed seven new devices to receive an Android P Beta, vastly facilitating developers in taking advantage of their existing devices to develop for the Android ecosystem, even if the device was not a Pixel.

A big surprise regarding the Android P beta previous year was the inclusion of third-party manufacturers in the initiative. According to a bug tracker for Android Q Beta as spotted by Mishaal Rahman of XDA, the latest Android version is scheduled for launch later today.

Leaks have suggested we're going to see a system-wide dark mode, which does more than just darken the app drawer and quick settings tile.

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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.

Obviously, nothing is concrete until we have confirmation from Google, but all of this certainly suggests that some kind of Android Q beta will be coming soon. 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.

It's worth pointing out that the early beta releases are very unstable, and tend to take away a lot of features in devices that would otherwise work on a stable version of Android. In 2018, it was 7 OEM's, excluding Google, have got the access to test Android Pie on the devices and those were, Essential Phone, OnePlus 6, Nokia 7 Plus, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Vivo X21, Oppo R15 Pro and Sony's Xperia XZ2. "But the trend is positive and strong, and I am very happy about this", said Mr Illiyan Malchev, Android Developer at Google.

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