It’s time to ready your apps for Android Q, developers.
As The Verge reports, Google today released a preview of the next version of Android. But the Android Q Beta is meant for developers and early adopters. It’ll be buggy, and serves as a way for Google to get feedback before releasing it to the general public. So average Android users should wait until later this year for a more stable version.
Information about Android Q is scant at the moment, but the new mobile operating system will introduce new privacy features, support for foldable handsets, and more, Google says.
If you have a Google Pixel device (including the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, or Pixel XL) you can enroll it in Google’s Android Beta for Pixel program to try out the Android Q Beta. Once enrolled, you’ll “receive regular over-the-air (OTA) updates to the latest Android Q builds through (and including) the final release,” Google explains. The company recommends backing up your data before enrolling your device.
If you prefer, you can download the latest Android Q Beta build and manually flash it to your Pixel device. Google says this approach “can be useful when you need more control over testing, such as for automated testing or regression testing.” For instructions on flashing your device manually, head here.
The third option is to set up an Android Emulator to run the beta. You can do this if you don’t have a Pixel device. For instructions, head here.
As Android fans know, every new version of the operating system is named after a sweet treat. If you have any guesses or suggestions for the name of Android Q, leave them in the comments below. Perhaps the web giant will break tradition and go the savory route this time and call it Android Quiche?