Downloading the latest Android Q beta onto your Pixel might be tempting, but Google’s newest beta release is causing problems for some Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL users.
Google’s rolled out an Android Q beta for Pixel devices, and select phones from Android OEMs like LG and Sony, ahead of an official release later on this year.
The Android Q preview gives users a chance to try the operating system’s new features ahead of the public release. The beta will also help Google squash bugs before the software ships out to millions of people around the world in Q3.
Google’s Android Q beta is exciting, but like most betas, it’s plagued with a variety of problems. Some of these issues are minor bugs, others are far more problematic.
If you’re thinking about trying the Android Q update ahead of its official release, you should be familiar with these issues before you install. This way you aren’t caught off guard.
If you’re already testing the Android Q beta on your device you should be keeping an eye out for problems and reporting what you see to Google so the company can improve the final product.
In this guide we’ll take you through the current state of Android Q beta problems, provide you with potential fixes, show you where to find feedback about the Android Q beta, show you how to report bugs, and tell you about what’s coming next.
Android Q Beta Problems
The Android Q beta suffers from a variety of issues including bugs and performance issues. Google itself has highlighted several of these problems.
According to Google, system and app performance on Android Q can be “periodically slow and janky” and devices “may become occasionally unresponsive.” The company says these issues might become more acute with prolonged use.
Google says Android Q battery life “may be regressed in this early release for screen-on and screen-off use cases.” It also says some apps (including its own) may not function normally on the beta.
The company says known Android Q beta 5 problems include:
- Screen flash when trying to write a review in Play store.
- White text/white background in Google search when dark mode enabled.
- The Google Play Store shows an update dialog the first time the app is launched.
- In some cases, Settings shows “null” text in search results.
We’re also hearing about installation issues, sensitivity problems, crashes, audio problems particularly when using Android Auto, and some users are getting stuck in Dark Mode.
This is an early list of issues and we expect it to grow as more people decide to jump to the latest version of the beta.
How to Report Android Q Beta Problems
If you see an Android Q beta problem on your Pixel you’ll want to report the issue to Google because your feedback will help the company identify and fix issues before the official release.
There are a few different ways to send feedback about Android Q:
- If you find an issue in the Android platform or APIs, NDK, Android runtime (ART), device hardware, or support libraries, you can send Google your feedback right here.
- If you discover an app that’s not working properly with Android Q you’ll want to report your issue right here.
- If you find an issue with a third-party SDK, you can report the issue here.
- If you stumble across an issue with Android Q’s Neural Networks API, you can report the issue here.
You can also track the status of Android Q issues using the Android Q issue tracker. This is the same tracker tool Google uses.
How to Fix Android Q Beta Problems
If you run into an issue on the beta you can’t rely on Google to fix your problems. New Android Q beta updates won’t come every week.
Our fixes for the most common Pixel 3, Pixel 2, and Pixel issues are great places to start if you’re struggling on the beta. If you’re trying the Android Q beta on the LG G8 or OnePlus 6T, check out those guides.
Our guides will show you how to fix bad battery life, issues with Wi-Fi, problems with Bluetooth, random reboots, and other common problems.
If you’re having trouble installing the Android Q beta please check out our guide. It’ll walk you through the process and help you get the software up and running in no time.
If you’re unable to find a fix for your problem there you’ll want to take a look at Google’s Pixel help forum. XDA’s Pixel, Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3a forums are also excellent resources.
If you’re using a phone from a third-party OEM, you’ll need to find the appropriate forum for your phone.
Where to Find Android Q Beta Feedback
If you rely on your phone for work or school projects and communication, you’ll definitely want to consider staying put on Android Pie.
There are some benefits to installing Android Q right now, but most users are better off on official software. Google will improve Android Q over time so it might be worth it to wait a few more weeks for a new beta.
As we push away from the third Android Q beta update’s release, you’ll want to monitor feedback from Android Q users. We’re seeing feedback emerge on social media sites like Twitter and YouTube.
We’re also seeing feedback on Google’s Pixel Help Forums, XDA-Developers, and Android-centric forums like Android Central Forums.
Short-term feedback can be extremely useful, but you’ll also want to make sure you dig into long-term feedback from beta testers if you’re on the fence about installing the early software.
Google’s released an official Android Q beta timeline and it outlines when you can expect each beta release.
The company says the fifth beta will be followed by beta 6 and the final release sometime in the third quarter. We don’t have specific dates yet.
Expect a Samsung Galaxy Android Q Beta
The first Galaxy Android Q updates are months away and the official release might not land until the end of the year. Fortunately, some of you will be able to try the update long before that via a beta.
It's early so we don't have any official details, but you can expect Samsung to bring an Android Q beta to select devices ahead of the public release.
Last year, select OEMs joined Pixel devices in the early, pre-release Android Pie beta. Samsung devices weren't a part of this beta and the company offered its own Android Pie beta through its Galaxy Beta Program. Samsung's beta came months after the official Android Pie release.
It looks like the company is sticking to this game plan for Android Q because Samsung isn't part of Google's early Android Q beta program.
Google is working with 12 OEMs and here are the phones taking part in the company's early Android Q beta program:
The good news is that Samsung's expanded its beta program to non-flagships. The company released the Android Pie beta for the Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, and Galaxy A series. The company used to limit the beta to its flagship Galaxy S phone.
In other words, you can expect the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, and others to take part in the Android Q beta when the time comes.
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