Watch out, folks: Android Q could arrive later today

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Separately xda-developers relayed a comment that Android Developer Illiyan Malchev made during the Android Developers Backstage podcast about the number of Android smartphones that will support the upcoming beta.

Essentially, it's part of the core OS code, that makes it easier for OEMs to roll out software updates. Every year, around this time Google usually takes the wraps off its latest Android Beta version. Moreover, Android Q Beta could launch with support for more smartphones than Android P Beta. That shows you the problems with fragmentation that Android still has.

This year, however, Google is planning to team up with more smartphone manufacturers to include more devices in the queue for Android Q Beta program.

Adding fuel to the speculation is an interesting new Geekbench listing for an unknown device running Android Q. Though the device model isn't stated outright, its "walleye" motherboard is, which basically confirms that we're looking at a listing for the Pixel 2.

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Illiyan: Yeah, in fact it was fully due to Treble. Generally, we have seen Google launching its new Android Versions around August and we can expect the same this year also. We had, I believe, eight OEMs including Pixels, so seven OEMs other than Pixel.

Obviously, nothing is concrete until we have confirmation from Google, but all of this certainly suggests that some kind of Android Q beta will be coming soon. The list included several brand new Android handsets, even devices that were not available in stores: Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21, OnePlus 6, and Essential PH-1. If it's similar to Android Pie in release schedule, we might even seen the first developer previews landing very soon. I can not share the exact numbers yet.

Something to look forward to: The future of Android is shaping up as Android Q nears developer preview status.

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