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OnePlus Android Q Update & Beta Details



If you’re wondering “when will my OnePlus phone get Android 10 Q?” or the OnePlus Android Q beta we’re here to help. Following the first beta and initial debut in March, Google released new software in April and a bigger 3rd Android Q beta in May with support for 15 phones from several manufacturers, including OnePlus.

The company was one of a few manufacturers to participate in the beta testing phase last year, and it’s good to see them back in 2019 with support for multiple phones. This ensures the official OnePlus Android Q update will arrive quickly and run great.

Furthermore, OnePlus recently confirmed a few details about current betas and upcoming updates, so here’s everything owners need to know.

Will My OnePlus Phone Get Android Q?

Considering Android Q is still several months away, with an expected August release date, most manufacturers haven’t said much aside from joining the beta. That said, OnePlus already confirmed the update for the aging OnePlus 5 and 5T, the 6 series and it’s new 7 Pro.

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. Google is only on the third beta of Android Q, but we’re expecting a 4th and maybe even a 5th release that’s more stable in June. Then, the official release later this summer.

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 OnePlus 7 Pro, as it’s even earlier software than the 6 series.

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. That said, we believe Google will stop releasing betas and finally roll out the official Android 10 Q update in mid-August of 2019. Then, OnePlus will deliver it within 3-4 months around December. Basically, we have a few more months to wait.

Android Q beta timeline

Remember, don’t expect OnePlus phones to get the update right away in August, 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.

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, they have shared 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.

  • 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 could find a way to be a little faster, but I’d rather wait a month or two for a good experience than get it right away.

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.

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