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Confirmed: More OEMs will support Android Q beta than Android P preview

Huawei and Samsung are just two OEMs that missed out on a developer preview. Could they join the party with Android Q?
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March 11, 2019
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A big surprise regarding the Android P beta last year was the inclusion of third-party manufacturers in the initiative. And a Google engineer has now confirmed that more manufacturers will support the Android Q beta program.

“So at Google I/O, when we did the first beta, we had all these companies lined up and that was really quite amazing. The number is bigger for the upcoming Android release, which I am very happy about. I cannot share the exact numbers yet,” Google engineer and Project Treble architect Iliyan Malchev told the Android Developers Backstage Podcast (h/t: XDA-Developers and r/Android).

The Android P beta had seven third-party manufacturers on board, including Essential, HMD Global, OnePlus, Oppo, Sony, Vivo, and Xiaomi. So who could be the new additions to the initiative?

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Well, notable absentees last year include HTC, Honor/Huawei, LG, Motorola, Realme, Samsung and ZTE. The likes of Motorola seem like a no-brainer too, as its lightweight take on Android should make updates a less complicated affair.

We’re also hoping that, unlike last year, manufacturers offer beta support for more than just one phone in their device portfolio. The Android P beta was available for the Essential Phone, Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6, Oppo R15 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ2, Vivo X21, and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S.

Are there any particular manufacturers or phones you’d like to see in the Android Q beta? Give us your answer in the comments section below!

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