The latest version of the Android Q beta has released for all Google Pixel phones, as well as 15 other phones from manufacturers like Sony, OnePlus, Nokia, LG, Asus, Vivo, and Xiaomi. Google made a similar move broadening the pool of beta devices during last year’s I/O, but this is officially the largest swath of devices yet to receive Android beta software — an encouraging sign that maybe, just maybe, Android Q will be made widely available before 2019 ends.

The new update is coming to the original Google Pixel (a somewhat miraculous inclusion, given the phone’s final major update was supposed to be Android Pie), Google’s Pixel 2, and the Pixel 3. Here’s the full list of devices that can enroll in the Android Q beta:

  • Asus ZenFone 5Z
  • Essential PH-1
  • HMD Global Nokia 8.1
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • LG G8 ThinQ
  • OnePlus 6T
  • Oppo Reno
  • Realme 3 Pro
  • Sony Xperia XZ3
  • Tecno Spark 3Pro
  • Vivo X27
  • Vivo NEX S
  • Vivo NEX A
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 9

This beta update will bring along a few of the new features unveiled onstage at Google I/O, including the new dark theme that activates across the operating system, its new iPhone-like gestures, and more. My colleague Dieter Bohn got exclusive access to the new beta and all of its new features, so check out his impressions.

If you already have the beta installed on your Google Pixel, Pixel 2, or Pixel 3, you can check for the update on your phone by heading to the settings menu. From there, scroll down to “System” and tap it. Then, click “Advanced” and finally, tap “System Update” to see if it’s available. For those with Pixels (or any of the newly supported devices above) who aren’t yet enrolled in the beta program, it’s easy to get it installed. We have a guide that takes you through the process.

Now in its third beta release, Android Q is likely more stable than it has ever been, though you may encounter some serious bugs. This software is meant primarily for developers to test out their apps, but you can still have some fun with it. Just think twice before installing this on the phone that you rely on for calls and text messages.

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