Amidst the news of Android’s fallout with Huawei, Google has released the fourth Android Q beta, meaning there are only two more left before it begins rolling out the next major version of the operating system.
In similar fashion to its Pixel lineup, Google has increased the reach of its beta program beyond its own device, adding 21 more phones. For those hoping to try out the Android Q beta, we’ve got the rundown on how to make the shift.
Before using the beta OS, it’s first advised to check out whether or not your device is compatible. Luckily, Google has listed down all 21 compatible devices.
Another thing worth noting is that since this is a beta phase, it is not advisable that you do it on your primary phone as there might be potential issues that could ruin your device.
From Google’s list of compatible devices, you simply need to click on the link that’s suited for your device.
The instructions on installing the Android Q beta will vary from device to device, so there is no one way to install it. Upon clicking the appropriate link, simply follow the instructions and you are good to go.
You can leave the Android Q beta anytime, but if you want to do so, you will have to conduct a factory reset on your device. This is one of the reasons why we recommend using a separate device. Do take note that since this is a beta or a test version of the upcoming Android OS, there might be some bugs and issues along the way.
What’s New in Android Q Beta 4?
One of the most apparent changes in the 4th beta comes to the system share menu. Android Q will load a total of eight Direct Share targets courtesy of four more options.
Under the Direct Share menu is a list of your most used targets and a full list of your apps.
Aside from that, Google only made a few tweaks to how certain objects look on the Android Q beta.
There are also other small features added, one of which is the Face Authentication option in the settings. However, it cannot be used as of now.
Other features include the following:
‘Sleep’ changed to ‘Screen Timeout’ in display settings
Updated back gesture and icon
New preview screen of live wallpapers
‘Suggestions’ removed from ‘overview’ and ‘all apps list’ on Pixel launcher