Android Q, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system has been announced and you can get it now if you don't mind using the developer preview. Here's how to download Android Q ahead of its release date if you have the right smartphone.
How to download Android Q
If you're happy with all the details (check our FAQ below before you pull the trigger) then here's how to download Android Q on your phone.
- Back up your phone – Settings > System > Backup
- Enrol in the Android Q beta program here
- Wait for an over the air update or check manually – Settings > System > System update
What phones can get Android Q?
You'll only be able to get Android Q if you have a Pixel smartphone. The full list of compatible devices is below:
- Pixel XL
- Pixel 2
- Pixel 2 XL
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 3 XL
Is this the final version of Android Q?
No. Be aware that this is the developer preview so the software is in beta form. That means it's likely to be unstable in places and it's not recommended that you use it on your main phone unless you're happy to put up with possible issues.
Here's Google's official warning: "The updates that you'll receive as a part of this program are pre-release versions, and may contain errors and defects that can affect normal functioning of your device. You will not be able to un-enroll and revert back to a lower public release version of Android without first wiping all locally saved data on your device. You may also encounter issues restoring a backup."
I enrolled for the Android P beta, do I need to do it again?
Yes. Even if you signed up for the Android P beta, you need to do it again for Android Q.