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Google Pixel Android Q Update: 4 Things to Expect & 4 Not To

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Google kicked off the Android Q beta in March and that means Pixel owners are likely wondering what to expect, what’s new, and when they’ll get Android Q. And while Google hasn’t announced the exact release date, we know it’s coming later this summer. In the meantime, they’ve released the 3rd Android Q beta here’s what you need to know.

While a lot of manufacturers are still busy delivering Android 9 Pie Google is pushing ahead to what’s next. They’ve confirmed the update for every Pixel phone, too, which is good news.

Android Q is official and it’s currently in beta testing for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL, along with 15 other phones from several manufacturers. The first two betas came with several notable changes and Google waited until Google IO on May 7th to unveil some of the best ones. Those include a dark mode, tons of Assistant features, and more. Plus, we’ll likely see Android 10 Q debut on the new Pixel 4 and 4 XL later this year.

However, it’s still only in the beta testing phase, which means the vast majority of Pixel owners are still on Android 9 Pie. Most average users shouldn’t install the Android Q beta, at least not yet, as it’s not the most stable software. As time goes on, Google will fix problems and offer a “release candidate” that’s stable enough for daily use. Even this third release still has issues.

That said, if you have any of Google’s Pixel devices you’re probably curious about what might happen down the road so we’ve put together an early Google Pixel Android Q roadmap and expectations guide.

Here, we’ll take you through some things you should, and shouldn’t, expect from the Google Pixel Android Q update and release.

Expect a Long Beta Program with Six Releases

Expect a Long Beta Program with Six Releases

So far users are enjoying the third Android Q beta, and a 4th will arrive next month. Now that Google opened the beta to other manufacturers we thought it would be more stable, but they still have a little work to do.

Beta 4 will arrive in early June, then a 5th and nearly final update in July, which will probably be the "release candidate" version. After those, Google confirmed they'll release two more betas at some point during the summer before making Android Q official, giving it a name, and releasing it around the globe. 

There is a roadmap Google released, but it doesn't share any concrete information that will help owners understand when exactly the update is coming. But, we do know they'll release six versions of Android Q before the 7th and final official update. 

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