If you have an Android phone, you8217;re probably familiar with the update process for Android versions. Google launches a beta, eventually pushing that to Pixel devices, before manufacturers roll-out to other devices about 6 months later.
The Android Q (which still doesn8217;t have a release name) beta was announced on 13 March 2019 and final release is not expected until August 2019. At that time we8217;ll likely see the name appear, as well as the start of the roll-out.
Android Pie went live on 6 August 2018 8211; that8217;s when it was named and when the roll-out started. That might mean that Android 10 Q is set live on 5 August 2019 if Google sticks to the same timeframe 8211; but that8217;s just a guess for now.
That will allow the Android 10 to go live before the launch of Google8217;s new hardware, the Pixel 4. Other manufacturers will then have to prepare Android Q for their own devices, which can take some time.
While confirmation of Android 10 updates and dates are yet to appear, we8217;re starting to see some confirmations from manufacturers. Bear in mind that until the software is officially released, dates won8217;t be available.
If your phone is included in the Android Q beta, then you can give it a go now, but be warned that this isn8217;t final release software.
Google8217;s own phones are always front of the line when it comes to Android updates. You can install the Android Q beta on all the devices and get a taste of Android Q right away 8211; it will update to the final version once it is released.
Asus hasn8217;t always been in the best position with Android updates 8211; it can be a little haphazard. However it does have a phone on the Android Q beta, so we know there8217;s an update incoming for at least one device. At launch, Asus promised the Zenfone 6 would get Android Q.
BlackBerry has been slow to update phones, even if it does manage to stay on top of security updates. The BlackBerry Key2 was confirmed to be getting Android Q on its update path, but you8217;re probably still waiting for Android Pie.
Essential is on the list for the Q beta 8211; so the update will come 8211; and Essential basically updated to Android Pie the day after it was released to Pixel devices. We8217;d expect a rapid update for this phone.
- Essential Phone
Huawei is in an interesting position. Having become the darling of Android smartphones over the past couple of years, increasing tensions between the US and China has seen business get more difficult for Huawei. However, the company has stepped up to confirm the position on Android Q.
However, Huawei has also confirmed that the following devices are 8220;submitted8221; for approval for Android Q too. That8217;s not a cast iron guarantee, more a statement of intent, but this situation remains fluid, so we8217;ll update as we learn more. The update on all these devices is expected to be part of the EMUI 10 update. Huawei had previously said on Weibo that it would be pushing the update soon after the Pixel, although that position might now be different.
- Huawei P30 Pro
- Huawei P30
- Huawei P30 lite
- Huawei Mate 20
- Porsche Design Mate 20 RS
- Porsche Design Mate 10
- Huawei Mate 20 X
- Huawei Mate 20 X (5G)
- Huawei P20 Pro
- Huawei P20
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro
- Huawei Mate 10
- Huawei P smart 2019
- Huawei P smart+ 2019
- Huawei P smart Z
While Huawei has been quite vocal, Honor hasn8217;t said so much. It8217;s thought that Honor phones will get EMUI with Android Q on flagship devices, but at the moment there8217;s little information to go on. Again, with the current tensions between the US and parent company Huawei, it8217;s a situation that could be very fluid.
LG isn8217;t the biggest force in Android phones, but the flagship phone is on the Q beta, so is likely to see an update in a reasonable timeframe. LG, otherwise is pretty slow to update its phones.
- LG G8
Motorola has fairly raw Android phones with little customisation, but that doesn8217;t always result in rapid updates. However, it has a couple of Android One devices and has promised updates in some other areas.
Nokia8217;s record with updates is good. The company uses Android One on most of its devices and successfully updated most of its devices to Android Pie before anyone else. We8217;d expect the same for Android Q. It already has one device in the beta and you can expect that to be first to update.
- Nokia 8.1
But when Nokia launches its phones it also promises two future updates, so here8217;s the list that should quickly move to Android Q and there could be others:
OnePlus is good with updates. Not only does it move quickly to update its newer devices, but we see this rolling back to older phones too. It also has a wide range of devices in the Android Q beta 8211; meaning these phones will end up with Android Q:
Oppo is rather more new to global markets so we8217;ve not been through the Android update process as we have with other manufacturers. Oppo has put the standard Reno in the Q beta, however, so we know it will get the final version. We suspect the other Reno models will be included too.
- Redmi K20 Pro 8211; Q4 2019
- Redmi K20 8211; Q4 2019
- Redmi Note 7 8211; Q1 2020
- Redmi Note 7 Pro 8211; Q1 2020
Samsung doesn8217;t feel the need to update rapidly. Its own One UI rolled out bringing Android Pie and we suspect that we won8217;t see Android 10 Q on its devices until the Galaxy S11 is launched in 2020. Don8217;t expect any movement until March 2020.
Sony8217;s record on updates isn8217;t great, but it does have the Xperia XZ3 in the Q beta. That8217;s good news, because the 2018 phone is likely to be able to move to the final build soon after it goes live.
- Sony Xperia XZ3
Xiaomi is also pretty new to global markets, but it seems to be taking Android Q pretty seriously, with two devices involved in the beta, meaning they will get the update. We8217;d also except the Android One phones to get it too. Elsewhere, a timeline shared on Twitter suggests a range of Xiaomi devices. Pocophone has also been confirmed.
- Xiaomi Mi 9 8211; Q4 2019
- Xiaomi Mi 9 SE 8211; Q4 2019
- Xiaomi Mi 8 8211; Q4 2019
- Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro 8211; Q4 2019
- Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition 8211; Q4 2019
- Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S 8211; Q4 2019
- Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 8211; Q4 2019
- Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G 8211; Q4 2019
- Xiaomi Mi A2
- Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
- Pocophone F1