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How to Install Android Q Beta on Sony Xperia XZ3

After announcing 2.5 billion active Android devices at its I/O 2019 developer conference in Mountain View, Google also launched third iteration of Android Q Beta which luckily has been made available for Sony Xperia XZ3 along with Google Pixel devices. If you’re a developer, you can start testing your apps against this release. While initial Beta versions arrived for Pixel devices only, Android Q Beta 3 is available for a variety of Non-Pixel phones and luckily, Xperia XZ3 is part of those select devices.

Use the Q Beta to test your apps with new features of Android Q. This way you can make sure your apps are compatible with Android’s new upcoming version. Beta 3 specifically, is an early baseline build intended for developers and enthusiasts only. Further, users can also get an overview of all the new features that are to come. Ahead, you can install Android Q Beta on your Xperia XZ3 – models H8416, H9436 and H9493.

Sony Xperia XZ3, Android Q

Android Q brings a number of additional privacy and security features for users, as well as enhancements for foldables, new APIs for connectivity, new media codecs and camera capabilities, NNAPI extensions, Vulkan 1.1 support, faster app startup, and more.

Download Android Q Beta 3 for Sony Xperia XZ3

Before flashing your compatible XZ3 device with Android Q Beta there are a few things you need to be aware of, so please read the following information carefully.

This is a beta software for your device, intended for application development and not for daily use. Please be aware that it might be unstable and functionality might be under development. All personal content in the device will be lost and you cannot use Backup or Restore as long as you run the preview software.
Not all variants of XZ3 will have the support for the Q Beta software, only versions H8416H9436 and H9493.

How to Flash Android Q Beta 3 on Sony Xperia XZ3

Follow the steps below to flash your Xperia XZ3 with Android Q beta 3:

Step 1 – Make sure you have Xperia Companion v2.5 or later installed on your computer. If not, download the latest Xperia Companion from here

Step 2 – Start Xperia Companion

Step 3 – Hold down the ALT key (on computer) and click on “Software Repair” on the home screen

Step 4 – Tick the checkbox “My device cannot be detected or started”, then click “Next”

Step 5 – Wait for the initialization to complete, then follow the instructions on the screen

Once you have flashed your device with the Q Beta software, all subsequent software releases will be provided via over-the-air updates. Drop a comment in below if you have any questions.

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