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More phones than ever will get early access to Android 10

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Katie Ramirez | 11 March, 2019, 11:10

Historically, Google had limited availability of the early Android beta versions to the Google Pixel series, but previous year was the first time that non-Pixel devices were compatible with the beta version. At last year's Google I/O, the Mountain View search engine giant had unveiled their Android P (Pie) developer preview.

The Pixel-exclusive Developer Preview is expected to last for a month or two after following which the Android Q Beta program would commence - most likely at the Google I/O 2019 which is scheduled for May 7, 2019. This move from Google including device manufacturers other than Google is indeed welcoming, and we can expect more and more devices running on the latest Android right from the announcement at Google I/O.

New versions of Android are usually released in the second half of the year, with the latest stable version - Android 9 Pie - having reached Pixel devices in August last year.

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Adding more phones to the Android Q beta, as well as the ongoing efforts with Project Treble, should help to turn those figures around. Not all companies get access to Android code early so those in the beta program do have a head start, especially in soliciting real-world feedback from users.

As Android Police reports, Iliyan Malchev from Google's Project Treble team revealed the move in a discussion on the Android Developers Backstage podcast. And, for the very first time, the company had also mentioned Android devices other than Pixel devices that would be featuring the first developer preview of Android P other than the Pixel devices. As you might notice, big names like Samsung, LG, and Huawei are missing from the list, but this year the number of Android smartphones that will be compatible with the Android Q Beta will be bigger.

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