Android Q: List of phones expected to get Google OS

Search engine giant Google announced the key features of the Android Q at the recently concluded I/O 2019 event. It also revealed that  21 devices from 13 brands are eligible to get Android Q beta right away on the official developers' website.

Google has partnered with top mobile-makers include OnePlus, Xiaomi, Huawei, Nokia, Vivo, Oppo, Asus, LG in addition to Sony and Tecno.
Samsung, despite being the world's biggest smartphone maker, is not part of the Android Q beta programme. But, rest assured its flagship phones such as Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, even the 2018-series Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, S9+ will get Android Pie successor OS. And, also select Galaxy A and M series phones would also get treated with Android Q, but in late 2020. It can be noted that Samsung will offer Android Q under the OneUI interface. 

Even Motorola too, it will bring Android 10 to Moto G7, Moto One series and select models later in the year or early 2020.

Android Q: Key features you should know
Google has promised that Android Q will have a big upgrade in terms of user-interface, improved security to protect user-privacy, bring new capabilities to the Assistant and more.

With folding phone expected to become a norm in the second half of 2019, Android Q will offer new gesture-based navigation to enable users to make full use of the flexible-cum-tablet-like big display to complete any particular tasks.

Also, Google is bringing a dark theme with the Android Q, which will vastly improve the battery life of devices.

Android Q comes with Live caption feature that will transcribe the video with texts below the screen in real-time on YouTube and select a video service app. It will be coming to all apps in the near future.

In a bid to improve security, Google is bringing all privacy options under one-roof and also top of the Android Q' Settings tab. Also, there will be new permission controls so that the user can share their location (or not) with apps on their own terms.

Android Q improves upon on digital wellbeing feature of the Pie by bringing new Focus Mode, that will help users get things done without distraction. User can select the apps he or she wants to stay active and pausing everything they don't.

Like the Gmail app, the Android message app will get Smart Reply option in addition to quick action feature. For instance, if your friend sends a message containing an address, the app automatically offers address search option linking to Google maps in the message.

Further, Google is bringing the Family Link part of every device that has Digital Wellbeing to help children and families find a better balance with technology.

In 2018, Google's Project Treble was initiated to fast track software roll-out to all Android phones, but it was not fully successful except for select phone models. Now, Google is taking things a step further with new Project Mainline for Android Q. 

With this, Google will take the responsibility to upgrade core OS components to the device directly without a full OS update via Play store update. The rest of the features will be released later via incremental update by affiliate OEM.


14 mobile manufacturers have joined Google's Android Q beta programme; picture credit: Google

List of mobile phones expected to get Android 10
Brand Confirmed to get Android Q May or may not get Android Q
Google Pixe 3, 3 XL, 3a, 3a XL, Pixel 2, 2 XL, Pixel (1st gen), Pixel XL (1st gen) -----
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, Mi 9 (Android Q beta is available)  Redmi Note 7 Pro, note 6 Pro, Note 7, Note 5 Pro, Redmi 7, Redmi y3
OnePlus

OnePlus 6T (Android Q beta available) and

OnePlus 6

OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T
Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Android Q beta available), P20 Pro, P30 Pro P30 Lite
Honor Honor View 20, Honor 20 Honor Play, Honor 8X
Nokia Nokia 8.1 (Android Q beta available), Nokia 4.2 Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7.1, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1, 6.1 Plus, Nokia 5.1, 5.1 Plus
Vivo Android Q beta already available to Vivo Nex S, Nex A, and X27 Vivo V15 Pro, Vivo V11 Pro
Oppo Reno (Android Q beta available) Oppo F11 Pro, F11
Realme Realme 3 Pro (Android Q beta available) Realme 3
Sony Xperia XZ3 Xperia  XZ2, R1, R1 Plus
Tecno Spark 3 Pro Note 5 (Android One)
LG LG G8 (Android Q beta is available)  G7, G6
Essential Essential Phone ------
Asus Zenfone 5Z Zenfone Max Pro M2, Zenfone Max M2
Samsung Most likely to get Android Q: Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, Galaxy A9, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, S9+, Galaxy A70, Galaxy A50, Galaxy A30, A20 Galaxy M30, M20
Motorola Most likely to get Android Q: Moto G7 series, Moto Z3 ------------

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