Confirmed: More OEMs will support Android Q beta than Android P preview

An Android robot outside a Google building.

A big surprise regarding the Android P beta last year was the inclusion of third-party manufacturers in the initiative. And a Google ^( https://9to5google.com) engineer has now confirmed that more manufacturers will support the Android Q beta program.

“So at Google I/O, when we did the first beta, we had all these companies lined up and that was really quite amazing. The number is bigger for the upcoming Android release, which I am very happy about. I cannot share the exact numbers yet,” Google engineer and Project Treble architect Iliyan Malchev told the Android Developers Backstage Podcast ^(http://androidbackstage.blogspot.com/2019/03/episode-110-its-all-about-treble.html) (h/t: XDA-Developers ^(https://www.xda-developers.com/android-q-beta-include-more-smartphones-p/) and r/Android ^(https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/ayxx0l/android_developers_backstage_treble_episode_when/)).

The Android P beta had seven third-party manufacturers on board, including Essential, HMD Global, OnePlus, Oppo, Sony, Vivo, and Xiaomi. So who could be the new additions to the initiative?

Editor’s Pick

Well, notable absentees last year include HTC, Honor/Huawei, LG, Motorola, Realme, Samsung and ZTE. The likes of Motorola seem like a no-brainer too, as its lightweight take on Android should make updates a less complicated affair.

We’re also hoping that, unlike last year, manufacturers offer beta support for more than just one phone in their device portfolio. The Android P beta was available for the Essential Phone, Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6, Oppo R15 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ2, Vivo X21, and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S.

Are there any particular manufacturers or phones you’d like to see in the Android Q beta? Give us your answer in the comments section below!

NEXT: Snapdragon 855 phones — What are your best options?

from Android Authority https://ift.tt/2UwaQ1U
via IFTTT ^(https://ifttt.com/?ref=da&site=gmail)

Author: Marshmallow

Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).