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Android 10 release history: The Android Q beta releases and when they landed
Update: September 3, 2019 (01:10 PM ET): The Android Q beta program is now officially over, considering that the stable Android Q release date happened on September 3, 2019 (but not as Android Q, as Android 10). Below, you’ll find the previous timeline of beta releases leading up to that stable release.
Original article: August 7, 2019 (01:10 PM ET): The Android Q beta program is well underway. Google has released a total of six Android Q developer previews (well, seven if you count the maintenance release). If you’re not thrilled with the idea of installing beta software on your phone but are interested in giving Android Q a shot, you’re probably wondering about the official Android Q release date.
This year, Google rolled out six beta releases, so now we’re waiting on the stable rollout of Android Q. We don’t have an exact Android Q release date for the full, consumer-ready version, but we do know it will roll out sometime in Q3 2019. Judging from last year, that will probably be sometime in August.
Below, you can see what Google has planned for the Android Q release dates for each of the six Android Q beta versions:
- Beta 1 (initial release, beta, March 13, 2019)
- Beta 2 (incremental update, beta, April 3, 2019)
- Surprise Beta 2 maintenance release (incremental update, beta, April 10, 2019)
- Beta 3 (incremental update, beta, May 7, 2019, coinciding with Google I/O)
- Beta 4 (final APIs and official SDK, Play publishing, beta, June 5, 2019)
- Beta 5 (release candidate for testing, July 10, 2019)
- Beta 6 (release candidate for final testing, August 7, 2019)
- Final release to AOSP and ecosystem (September 3, 2019)
Check out the timeline image below for further info:
Although it’s likely Google will stick pretty hard to that timeline, there’s always the possibility that things could be pushed back or pushed forward, depending on how smoothly each rollout goes.
If you’re wondering what the final name for Android Q is, it’s actually Android 10. Google is doing away with the longstanding naming convention for Android releases so there will be no sweet treat name attached to the newest version of Android. You can find out more about all this news in our roundup here.
To learn more about what Android Q has in store, check out our roundup below: