Google on Wednesday released the first beta of Android Q, the next version of Android we will see released later this year. The beta program is available for anyone who wants to help test Android Q, unlike in previous years when it was limited to only developers for the first beta. Before we go any further — we can’t recommend installing Android Q on your primary phone. There will be bugs that break things and all but ruin battery life. If you don’t have an old phone that’s compatible with the beta program, it’s a good idea to wait until later in the beta cycle before jumping in. Even Google warns users during the signup process “Certain functionality (including core functionality, such as your ability to place and receive calls) or applications may not work properly.” Beta testing is fun, sure. But if you need your phone to work 100% of the time, hold off. With that said, if you’re interested in providing feedback and helping Google track down bugs, here’s what you need to know: What devices are eligible? At launch, only Google’s Pixel phones are eligible. That means the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. How do I install it? There are two options. The easiest is to wait for the beta program website, and sign into the same Google account linked to your Pixel phone. Scroll down and find your eligible devices, then click on Opt In. You’ll need… [Read full story]
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