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No Android Q beta for Samsung Galaxy phones… not yet anyway

In news that will surprise no one, Google’s Android Q beta that goes live today will not be available for any Galaxy phones. Last year, Google teamed up with a few manufacturers to allow non-Pixel smartphones–those that ran stock Android and those that ran customized versions–to test the Android Pie beta, but Samsung made Galaxy owners wait for its own beta program, and it’s going to be doing that this year as well.

Samsung’s Android Q beta program will come at some point

Again, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to most folks, even if it may be disappointing to hear. Samsung sells too many phones to offer beta programs as quickly as other manufacturers, and it also needs to make plenty of changes to the core Android experience before allowing its consumers to test a new version of Android. That said, considering how quickly Samsung released the stable Android Pie update for many of its devices, we can hope it will start the Android Q beta program earlier than it did the Android Pie beta program last year.

Despite being the tenth version of the OS, Android Q is a somewhat boring update, with Google focusing on improving features that it launched in stock Android Pie, such as navigation gestures. It also brings a dark theme, which Galaxy phones already have with Android Pie. The most interesting feature seems to be Live Caption, an accessibility feature that gives you subtitles for videos or audio playing in any app on the device, similar to how captions work in YouTube.

Android’s notifications will also be getting some changes, like auto-suggested replies for text messages based on their context. Then there’s native support for foldable devices that Samsung is helping Google with (as the former had announced at its unveiling of the Galaxy Fold), with Android Q bringing features such as the ability for apps to seamlessly switch between mobile and tablet view when a foldable device is unfolded.

Android Q will enable security updates via the Play Store

The one aspect of Android Q that will be of interest to Galaxy smartphone owners is called Project Mainline. Starting with devices that launch with Android Q out of the box, Google will be able to update some critical security components of the OS like it currently updates apps over the Google Play Store. Some security fixes will still need software updates, but serious ones will now reach everyone much faster, although manufacturers will be able to opt out of Project Mainline if they wish.

Whether Samsung will do that remains to be seen. Furthermore, it will be interesting to see what the company’s version of Android Q will offer, especially after everything Android Pie brought to the table, like the beautiful One UI interface and plenty of minor and major new functionality. It will probably be a while before we hear anything about the update from Samsung, though, since it’s still busy delivering Android Pie to many of its devices.

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cabbe86
cabbe86

As usual, Samsung left behind, Samsung u sucks.. Wake up 😷😱😤

locarno
locarno

“to see what the company’s version of Android Q will offer”

One UI 2.0 ?

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Maybe… “Samsung Experience” only launched 1 version lol. It released on 9, then 9.5 before OneUI took over.
They might introduce 2UI at CES lol never know!

plumi10
plumi10

Hello Samsung it’s 2019 wake up, there was a time when Samsung had the very best HW but even this isn’t true any more… and software are they at least a year behind other competitor. Best example camera and more in detail night mode. Sammy has a huge potential but they aren’t using it.
It’s hard to say but stand now i wouldn’t buy a new Samsung phone since more than one decade.
it’s so sad..

locarno
locarno

iSheep.

plumi10
plumi10

lol iPhone is trash

locarno
locarno

Agree.

gentux
gentux

So there are competitors offering Gear-like VR, DeX, Payment, Security Patches in a timely manner, high end processing power, ad-free everyday apps and a reasonable camera for a lower price? Tell me more about it!

plumi10
plumi10

I own a gear and haven’t just it for ages… it a cheap but still good entry in VR but there are better options, its to blurry for long time usage. DeX is nice but i do not like thin client like systems for work. But still an interesting idea. I’m using google pay and Samsung pay and to be honest with new terminals (which is very common in my country) google pay is handier to use but Samsung pay has a huge advantage for old terminals i very like to the combination works perfect for me. But honestly i… Read more »

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

‘best example’… I think you mean, ONLY example. Lol
Everyone loves OneUI. Even EverythingApplePro loves OneUI. It’s a great step up from Samsung Experience and TouchWiz. And is miles ahead of the competition with adapting to taller displays. Which competitor is doing better? Most people hate EMUI and stock android is boring and very limited.

plumi10
plumi10

who the f* is EverythinApplePro?

noupe not the only thing,
there are many more i hope sammy will fix in note 10 or s11

juliograziano
juliograziano

Is it coming to S7 or S8? Because I mean… Other companies are updating their phones more now. Wake up Sammy!

unoriginallycool
unoriginallycool

S8, most probably it will get. But I don’t think S7 will get. Even OneUI update is not available for S7.

nfox25
nfox25

Don’t think so, because S8 already got two system updates.

siaho
siaho

S8 will not receive it, the same way that s7 didn’t receive android pie.

juliograziano
juliograziano

Thanks. Going to make a switch. I need a phone with 3 years update at least. Do you have any recommendations? OnePlus maybe or Google Pixel?