[Update: OTA resumed] Android Q Beta 4 is here for the Google Pixel, API 29 publishing now available
When the first Android Q beta was released, Google shared its rollout plans for all the following beta releases. They’ve stayed true to that plan and that means it’s time for a new update. Android Q Beta 4 is rolling out for the Google Pixel family (including the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL) and partner OEMs can begin rolling it out to the long list of supported devices.
With the release of Q Beta 4, Google is opening up the ability to publish applications to Google Play that are compiled against or target API 29. Developers can push updates to users through the Play Store to test their apps’ compatibility with Android Q. This is an important step toward the final release of Android Q.
As mentioned, the Pixel family can get the update today, either via sideloading or OTA. That includes the Pixel, the Pixel XL, the Pixel 2, the Pixel 2 XL, the Pixel 3, the Pixel 3 XL, and the new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. The previous beta was also available for the Xiaomi Mi 9, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, Asus ZenFone 5z, Essential Phone, Nokia 8.1, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, LG G8 ThinQ, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7, OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T, OPPO Reno, Realme 3 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ3, Redmi K20 Pro, Tecno Spark 3 Pro, Vivo X27, Vivo NEX S, and Vivo NEX A. Users of these devices will have to wait on the OEM to push out the update.
We will be diving deep into Android Q Beta 4 over the next few days. Google said the 4th beta will include finalized APIs, the official SDK, and the aforementioned Play Store publishing. This is the last update before Android Q reaches the release candidate stage, which will happen with Beta 5.
To give feedback on this latest beta release, you can go here to learn how. Issues with the Android platform, app compatibility, and third-party SDKs can be filed in their respective hotlists in the Issue Tracker. To learn more about the development features in Q, you can read the full blog post linked below. Much of it isn’t new, but it’s a good summary in case you haven’t been keeping up with previous beta releases.
Update 1: Essential Phone rollout
The ever-reliable Essential has already made the Android Q Beta 4 OTA available for Essential Phone users. You can join the program here.
Q Beta 4 OTA is now available for all users enrolled in our #AndroidQ Beta program.
If you'd like to join for future updates, sign up here: https://t.co/YkZrq3uVHQ
— Essential (@essential) June 5, 2019
Update 2: OTA Halted
Numerous Pixel owners reported that their devices were bootlooping after installing the Android Q Beta 4 OTA update. It appeared to mostly affect Pixel 2 XL owners, but a few Pixel 3 owners also had the problem. A factory reset fixed things, but this is obviously a problem. Google has officially halted the OTA on all Pixel phones as they investigate the situation.
We’re aware of an issue with Android Q Beta 4 related to installing updates. We’ve temporarily paused Beta 4 OTA updates to all Pixel devices as we investigate the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience, and will provide an update once the issue is resolved.
Update 3: OTA resumed
Google has resolved the issue that was causing bootloops on some Pixel devices after installing the Android Q Beta 4 update. All devices enrolled in the beta will receive a new OTA update and the downloadable images have been updated as well.
We’ve resolved the issue affecting some users when updating to Beta 4 and we’re resuming updates. All enrolled devices will receive a new Beta 4 update to QPP4.190502.019 (even those with Beta 4 QPP4.190502.018 installed). We’ve also updated downloadable images for developers. pic.twitter.com/7xxCemrfXa
— Android Developers (@AndroidDev) June 11, 2019