Google has released the first Android Q beta to all Pixel phones, even the original Pixel and Pixel XL. At that, it isn’t a stretch to say that the two will likely get a stable version of the update in the future.
In other words, the Mountain View company is breathing more life into the first Made by Google smartphones.
Google rolled out the first beta launch for Android Q on March 13, Wednesday, which was more or less expected. What many probably didn’t expect to see was support for the first-generation Pixel handsets.
The Pixel and Pixel XL were launched running on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box back in 2016 and were promised to get two years’ worth of updates. That means Android 9 Pie should’ve been the last version they’re getting. Even Google’s documentation points it out, saying that they won’t receive “guaranteed Android version updates” after October 2018.
However, the two were included in the Android Q beta program due to popular demand, and going against what was originally anticipated, it’s a good sign they’re getting the same treatment as the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 lineups, which are set to get three years of Android updates.
It should be noted that there isn’t any confirmation at all, though, but from what can be gathered, it’s safe to assume that the Pixel and Pixel XL are going to receive a final, consumer build of Android Q down the line as well.
There are a lot of upcoming changes with Android Q, particularly improvements in privacy controls. On top of that, the update also provides more controls over location and native support for foldable screens in preparation for the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X, and many others.
For those who want to join the beta, just head on over to Google’s Android Beta page and opt in. At the moment, only Pixel devices are eligible to participate, though. A word to the wise, it’s going to be full of bugs, and it’s not recommended to be installed on a daily driver, since basic functionality such as making and receiving calls might not work properly.