Despite being announced recently at I/O, Google’s Pixel 3a is not yet eligible for Android Q Beta through Opt-In Beta program. Upcoming milestone version for Android is in the works and as tradition, Google has started a Developer Preview / Beta program to engage users and developers for testing. Initially, first Beta was only released to Pixel phones but the most recent Beta 3 supports non-Pixel devices as well. Unfortunately, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are not yet eligible for opt-in program but users can manually update their devices.
Google’s official website states that Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will be eligible in June but it is possible to use Android Q Beta on these devices too through alternate ways that includes manually downloading the beta firmware and sideloading / flashing it to your device. Using these alternate ways makes it possible to use Android Q beta on Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.
Current Eligible devices for Android Q Beta Program
As mentioned above Google has announced that Pixel 3a phones won’t be eligible for the Beta Program until June but, there are alternate ways to get Android Q running before that. The easiest way to use Android Q on Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL is through flashing a preview system image. Only Android Q Beta 3 will be installed through flashing whereas Android Q beta 4 is scheduled for early June. Following are the eligible devices by Google for Android Q Beta Program:
- Pixel XL
- Pixel 2
- Pixel 2 XL
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 3 XL
Currently, according to Google’s Website, Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will be eligible for Beta in June along with April and May security patch making the release a better version. So, if you’re willing to use Android Q beta program on your Pixel device then the simplest way is through flashing / sideloading or if you’re not in a rush then June is also near.
Let us know in the comments if you’re waiting for June to arrive or you’re going to flash / sideload to use Android Q Beta Program? We love hearing from you. Happy Updating!