According to Mishaal Rahman, Editor-in-Chief for XDA Forums, one of the Internet’s go-to sources for Android news, we will likely see Android Q Beta drop later today.
Seems like Google opened up the bug tracker for submitting bugs related to the Android Q beta. The link to check for existing bugs filters by date created after March 11th.
Are you ready for Android Q?
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) March 11, 2019
Google has updated the bug-tracker program website to allow people to report Android Q problems as of March 11th, 2019. This suggests that Android Q Beta could roll out for phones later today.
Our best guess is that we’ll see the Beta roll-out for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 line of phones first before other OEMs start getting access.
The good news is that Google has planned to include more phones in this round of Android Q Beta, as opposed to the very exclusive testing of Android P. While we have no way of knowing which phones will be eligible for the Beta, we are pretty sure that Motorola, Samsung, and other prominent Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) will get priority access. These OEMs have a strong track record of getting Beta versions before other manufacturers.
Android Q will be Android 10.0, which is a milestone for the OS. We do not know the full extent of the OS’s features, but we know that the OS will bring system-wide dark mode and a desktop mode for all OEMs running Android Q.
It is also worth mentioning that the OS was rooted even before its release. Rooting a device allows users unrestricted access to the phone and all of its facets, similar to jailbreaking an iOS device. Whether or not the root exploit will be patched in the upcoming Beta is still unknown.
The rollout of the Beta also raises the question as to whether or not Google plans on incorporating Android Q into Project Stream. Considering the presence of proprietary buttons on the recently discovered controller and a button for prompting Google Assistant, this could be a possibility.
If the Beta really does start today, we can expect the final rollout to take place later this year. But from there, it will be a slow and tedious global rollout across the globe for compatible smartphones.
Unfortunately, the beta wasn’t released/announced on March 11th. We will update our readers with the latest Android Q Beta news as soon as it goes official.