Android 10 will come out later this year, but not every phone will get it. Those who may not even get it in 2019. While Project Treble has helped reduce some OEM software update issues, it will take some time for non-pixel phones to receive Android Q. With this guide you will at least know when.
Despite all the improvements in the Android update process, only 10.4% of all Android devices in the past nine months have managed to upgrade to Android Pie (9.0). It seems that Android Q will be another software update that will be used by a minority of users this year. The rest will have to wait until next year.
With Android Oreo (8.0), Google Project has introduced Treble so OEMs can release Android updates without waiting for new compatible skins. Now Google is working to accelerate security updates with its new Project Mainline, which brings updates from the Play Store.
The thing is, Android users want Android Q. In addition to support for foldable phones, redesigned gesture controls, and a range of security and backend features, you should not miss out on this platform. These are just some of the new features.
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About this list
For each phone in this list we will label it either with "Confirmed" (with an official date or the time the update was posted), "Beta" (with the latest supported Version number), "rumor" or "no information". If a US version of the phone officially receives Android Q after the release of the update, the name becomes bold .
As with our previous list, we focus exclusively on officially released smartphones in the US. This means that we exclude Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and other Chinese brands. Even if the international version of the phone is available from official retailers (eg Huawei P30 via B & H), it will not appear on our list, as it is technically still not an official version. Typically, these versions do not come with a US warranty.
ASUS was pretty bad when it came to upgrading its devices to Pie. At the time of writing, only ZenFone 5Z received an official version of Pie, while six other phones were confirmed, but not updated. So far, ASUS will continue to provide support for its flagship device because Android Q Beta v3 can also run on the same phone.
While consumers are not sure if Essential will ever release another phone, the company Andy Rubin, founded by the co-founder of Android, was fundamentally impressive when it comes to software Updates for his two year old device.
The Essential PH-1 is the only non-pixel phone that receives hours of pixel updates, including monthly security patches. For the context, the Essential PH-1 Android Pie received within two hours after Pixel 2 and 2 XL received the official build. We expect that this will happen again next year when running Android Q Beta v3.
The main reason for using a pixel device is, in addition to using Android, the guarantee that you will get z after three years a security patch every month and after two years both important software updates. Pixel phones are the first to run the latest version of Android and the beta program.
As in previous years, we expect Google to update every phone in the series. If you have a Google Pixel or Google Pixel XL, you should remember that this is the last guaranteed software update for your device. Therefore, it is possible that Android 11, also known as Android R, can not run update, you should try to upgrade next year.
LG was notoriously bad when it comes to updates, and last year was no exception. Android Pie is currently not available on any of its US phones, and there is no information as to when or if this will happen. Despite the Global Software Upgrade Center, LG's performance is still poor even with monthly security patches, with devices performing security patches three or four months later. However, the LG G8 ThinQ participates in the Android Q-Beta, so at least one phone should receive Android Q on time. By the way, we just do not know it.
Since nearly all of its product range is part of the Android One program, Nokia was one of the best companies to update its devices. In the past year, more than half of the US product range was updated to Android Pie, two more were announced before the second half of the year. This year should not be different, thanks to the Android One program, which offers two-year software updates and three years security patches.
After some criticisms of how well devices have been updated, OnePlus has brought out some of these adjustments and has become a leader in software updates. Since the OnePlus 3, a version of Android Pie can be run on any phone, with only OnePlus 3 and 3T supporting a beta version.
OnePlus has set up a similar policy to Android One, which promises two years of software updates and three years of security patches for all phones. This means that every phone that starts with OnePlus 5 will be equipped with Android Q.
Sony is trying to publicize its presence in the US, but it has been pretty good at updating. The majority of its flagships have received Android Pie, and Sony promises that its midrange series will receive Android Pie in the coming months. The Xperia XZ3 is part of the Android Q beta, although we do not know about all Sony phones for Android 10.