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These smartphones can already install Android Q

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The annual Google developer conference kicked off today, and part of the software giant’s keynote included updates to Android Q, the next major release of Google’s mobile operating system. 

If you’re an Android developer or just plain curious, you can actually start previewing Android Q by downloading the beta release for your device. That is, if your device supports it. Naturally, Google’s Pixel phones — the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL — will automatically receive Android Q Beta 3 provided a handset is already enrolled in the beta.

But the tech company is also bringing Android Q Beta 3 to 15 partner phones from 12 manufacturers. That’s a total of 21 devices from 13 different brands including Huawei, OPPO, Realme, Vivo, and Xiaomi. 

The full list of supported hardware can be found below. You can also check out this link to find out how you can install Android Q Beta 3 on a compatible device right now. Though, again, Android Q is still in its early phase, so don’t expect an OS suitable for use as a daily driver.

Google says that since launching Android Q Beta 1 in March, the betas have already introduced over 50 features and changes that bolstered the company’s claim of improving accessibility, privacy, and security for Android owners.

Beta 3 will make devices with edge-to-edge screens easier to use with a “fully gestural navigation” mode. It adds a system-wide dark theme, which can also force apps that don’t have a night-friendly theme to let the OS create a dark version of an existing interface design. The update also brings improvements around security and the user’s digital well-being.

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 16 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between.