Google announced today during its Google I/O 2019 developer conference that the latest version of the Android Q beta is now available. Even better, the OTA is now rolling out to devices already running the Android Q beta.
Some headline features include no-reboot security patches, Focus Mode, integrated parental controls, a system-wide dark mode, and the ability to use Smart Reply with every messaging app. Also part of Android Q beta 3 are Live Caption, Live Relay, and Project Euphonia, the latter of which is a way to train speech recognition models to understand non-standard speeches.
In terms of general issues, Google notes that the top open issue is banking and finance apps possibly not working as expected. Meanwhile, the top resolved issue is apps like Google Photos and other photo and camera apps that couldn’t find photos or videos.
There are also many known issues with permissions and Android Enterprise, so avoid installing Android Q beta 3 on your work phone.
Android Q beta 3 is the first beta version of the upcoming platform update to also be available for phones from other manufacturers. Those on Pixel devices can grab the necessary files or enroll your Pixel in the beta at the links below. If you have a compatible device, go here to learn how to get Android Q beta 3 for your device.
There’s much more to Android Q beta 3, which we’ll delve into further as we go hands-on with the software.