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OnePlus Android Q Beta & Update Details

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If you’re wondering “when will my OnePlus phone get Android Q?” or the OnePlus Android Q beta here’s what you need to know. Following the first beta and initial debut in March, Google released a bigger 3rd Android Q beta in May with support for 15 phones from several manufacturers, including OnePlus.

And while Google is now on the 6th and final beta of Android Q, manufacturers like OnePlus aren’t moving as fast. The company just released the latest OnePlus Android Q beta 3 and beta 4 (or Dev Preview) for multiple phones. Here’s what to expect ahead of the global release, what to know and how to get started.

Will My OnePlus Phone Get Android Q?

The official Android Q release will be sometime within the next two weeks, but manufacturers still haven’t said much about a release date aside from joining the beta. We know Google will likely release Android 10 in August 2019, but that’s all we know. That said, OnePlus already confirmed the update for the aging OnePlus 5 and 5T, the 6 series, its OnePlus 7 Pro, and it’ll likely debut on the OnePlus 7T this fall.

Basically, the company confirmed that most of its new features that debuted on the OnePlus 7 Pro will make their way down to older smartphones. Then, after that announcement, they gave older device owners a sigh of relief by confirming Android Q for the OnePlus 5 and 5T.

We did see the 3-year old OnePlus 3 from 2016 get Android 9 Pie recently, which was impressive, but most likely that’s the last update for those phones. We don’t think the 3 or 3T will get Android 10. Any and all newer phones will, however.

OnePlus Android Q Betas

Impressively enough, three smartphones from OnePlus can try Android Q today. Those are the OnePlus 6, 6T, and the new 7 Pro. OnePlus isn’t moving as fast as Google, and have only released Developer Preview 3 and a 4th preview for the OnePlus 7 Pro. That’s more than most company’s though, so we’re happy with it.

If you have a supported device and want to try, enjoy and test the next version of Android early, click here. Keep in mind this is early software that’s unfinished and you may run into problems. Especially for the 7 Pro, as it’s even earlier software than the 6 series. Here’s a thread with more information about the OnePlus 6 Android Q beta 3, and you can click here for the OnePlus 7 Android Q beta 3 release.

Users started getting the 4th beta before OnePlus even announced it, but here’s everything you need to know.

OnePlus Android Q Release Date (Android 10)

Keep in mind that manufacturers like OnePlus can’t even start to make announcements about a release date until Google does. Even then, they typically don’t announce dates or even share an ETA. We believe Google will stop releasing betas and finally roll out the official Android 10 Q update near the end of August. Then, OnePlus will deliver it within 3-4 months around December. Basically, you have a few more months to wait.

Android Q beta timeline

Remember, don’t expect OnePlus phones to get the update right away this month, either. While they run a pretty clean stock Android experience, there are lots of features and controls that must be added from OnePlus to complete the experience. That takes time, often upwards of 2-4 months. So while Google will release Android 10 this summer most OnePlus phones (like the ones listed above) won’t get it until around November or December, at the earliest.

However, the long beta testing period could mean it’ll get released earlier than previous years. There’s a small chance the official update for OnePlus phones arrives in October or November.

What’s New in Android Q

It’s still too early to talk about everything that’s new in Google’s 10th version of Android, dubbed Android Q. That said, considering they’re on the 5th beta we’ve seen almost everything. Google already revealed tons of exciting snippets about the improvements, faster Assistant, live actions, caption controls, a system-wide dark theme mode and more. Here’s our detailed Android Q What’s New coverage. Start with that or read our list below. Keep in mind that some of these may be Pixel-specific until 2020.

  • Improved Privacy Protection & Controls
  • Privacy Manager
  • Expanded Location Controls
  • Multi-Tasking Bubbles
  • Support for Foldable Displays
  • Sharing Shortcuts
  • Smart Reply, Suggested Actions
  • Live Caption
  • Settings Panels
  • Gestural Navigation
  • Theme Controls
  • Focus Mode
  • Notification Assistant
  • Improved Peer-to-Peer and Internet Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi Performance Mode
  • Dynamic Depth Formats for Photos
  • New Audio and Video Codecs
  • Native MIDI APIs
  • Improved Vulkan Graphics & Neural Network APIs

A lot of the fancy features of the OnePlus 7 Pro will get added to the Android Q release, then dispersed to all capable smartphones from the company. Every year they make changes, tweaks, improvements or further refine the experience to suit their devices. We’ll see that again with Android Q.

Final Thoughts & What’s Next

In closing, we want to remind OnePlus owners that this will likely be a slow process, even if OnePlus is one of the best in the industry. Google pushes the software out, then manufacturers have to get it ready for multiple devices. OxygenOS 10 will be a big update for the company and will take several months to develop, test, tweak for each device, then get delivered.

You can help speed up and improve this process by joining the beta. Just know that your phone may experience a few bugs or problems as they fix things over time.

Most of the devices that joined Google for the beta test will probably start getting official updates to Android 10 in December, or January of 2020. That’s just the way it goes. We’ve seen Essential Phone push them out quicker, and OnePlus actually beat Google to the August security patch one month. So, we could see them deliver the software faster. That said, I’d rather wait a few months for a better experience than to simply get it right away. Quality is more important than being first to get it.

And while that’s both good and bad news, we want to set expectations for owners. We’re hoping OnePlus shares more information in the near future, but this is likely it. Well, unless they unleash a new OnePlus 7T later this year running Android 10 out of the box. Which, is actually a possibility. Either way, we’ll update this post with all the details as they’re released and once Android 10 arrives.

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