Android Q Beta 5 Has Rolled Out To The Essential Phone

Android Q Beta 5 Has Rolled Out To The Essential Phone

While the Essential Phone might not have received the warm welcome that the company hoped it would, the upside is that the company seems to be quite on the ball when it comes to updates. They were one of the first few handset makers to roll out the Android 9.0 Pie update for their phone, and now it seems that they could be on track to do the same with Android Q.

In a tweet by the company, it seems that they have started to push out the Android Q beta 5 update to Essential Phones enrolled under their beta program. We should note that this is merely a beta and is not the final update, but presumably all this testing will help Essential fine tune the update to ensure that when the final build of Android Q is ready, they should have ironed out most of the kinks and have the update ready in a very timely manner.

Xiaomi Android Q Beta Test Schedule Confirmed

Xiaomi Android Q Beta Test Schedule Confirmed


Several OEMs are working with Google to test out the Android Q beta on select devices and Xiaomi wants to get in on the action as well. The company has confirmed its beta roadmap for Android Q. A total of 11 devices from the Chinese company will take part in the Android Q beta test before Google’s latest and greatest Android OS iteration is rolled out for these devices.

Nine Xiaomi devices are scheduled to receive the Android Q beta in the fourth quarter of this year. These devices include the Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9 SE, K20 Pro, K20, Mi 8, Mi 8 Pro, Mi 8 Explorer, Mi Mix 2S, and Mi Mix 3. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Redmi Note 7 are set to receive their Android Q betas in the first quarter of 2020.

Mario Kart Tour Beta Images Have Made Their Way Online

Mario Kart Tour Beta Images Have Made Their Way Online

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Mario Kart Tour will be the next title that Nintendo will be releasing on mobile. The game is currently pegged for a release this summer and the beta of the game has already kicked off over in Japan. Thanks to users who are participating in the games beta, they have shared images and details of the game, giving us an idea of what to expect.

Pixel 3a And 3a Xl Support For Android Q Beta Removed

Pixel 3a And 3a XL Support For Android Q Beta Removed


Google announced the Android Q beta 3 at its I/O 2019 developers’ conference and confirmed that a total of 21 devices will be eligible for the beta. The list didn’t include the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, the new smartphones that Google unveiled at I/O, but it later confirmed that they would get the beta. The list has now been updated and the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have been removed.

The official page for enrolling in the Android Q beta 3 only mentions that six previous Pixel smartphones are supported. They don’t include the new handsets but the website mentions that the “Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will be eligible in June.”

Android Q Beta 3 Now Available For Xperia Xz3

Android Q Beta 3 now available for Xperia XZ3

Google announced further details of Android 10 Q last night, including the news that the latest Beta (v3) will be available to 21 phones in all. The full list can be found here, and the great news for Xperia fans is that the Xperia XZ3 is on the list. Android Q brings a number of new features including the much awaited dark mode (great for the XZ3's OLED display), new gestures, live captioning, as well as stronger privacy and security controls. One feature that you might not be happy about is that Google is removing the back key, and replacing it with a swipe gesture. More details can be found here.

Android Q Beta 3 Release Confirmed For 21 Phones

Android Q Beta 3 Release Confirmed For 21 Phones


Google is working with Android OEMs to expand the beta of its upcoming Android release to even more devices. The company did something similar last year as well for Android P so it’s no surprise that it’s doing the same thing for Android Q as well. Android Q isn’t due to arrive for at least a few months.

You no longer need one of Google’s own Pixel smartphones to take part in the Android beta program. Google has worked with 12 device manufacturers to bring support for Android Q beta 3 to a total of 21 smartphones.

Mario Kart Tour Beta Release On Phones Confirmed For Next Month

Mario Kart Tour Beta Release On Phones Confirmed For Next Month


Nintendo fans have long been waiting for Mario Kart Tour, which is basically the mobile-friendly version of Mario Kart. Not a lot of details have been revealed about this title which has already been delayed once. It was due to be released in March 2019 but Nintendo confirmed in January that the launch was being pushed back to the summer. The company has now revealed that the Mario Kart Tour beta is going to be released for smartphones next month.

Mario Kart was the next Nintendo game to get the mobile treatment after Super Mario Run and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Its arrival on smartphones was confirmed back in January last year so it has indeed been a long wait for fans. Even at that point in time, Nintendo hadn’t revealed much about the game other than its title and the vague release timeline.

Android Q Beta 2 Released With Notification 'bubbles'

Android Q Beta 2 Released With Notification 'Bubbles'

One of the upsides to this feature is that these chat heads are constantly there and are on top of existing apps, saving users the time from having to switch apps back and forth. Now it looks like the feature has been confirmed in the second beta of Android Q. In Google’s Android Developers blog, the company announced the new feature which they are calling “bubbles”.

From what we can tell, it sounds like the feature will work pretty much the same way as chat heads, except that this will work across more apps and notifications. According to Google, “Bubbles are great for messaging because they let users keep important conversations within easy reach. They also provide a convenient view over ongoing tasks and updates, like phone calls or arrival times. They can provide quick access to portable UI like notes or translations, and can be visual reminders of tasks too.”

Android Q Beta Released; Gives A Good Idea Of New Features To Come

Android Q Beta released; gives a good idea of new features to come

Google has released the Android Q Beta for early adopters and developers today. Google has made this first beta available for all Pixel smartphones (including the original 2016 devices). While the final release of Android Q is not expected to arrive until the third quarter of 2019, this preview gives everyone a good idea of what we can expect in this latest Android version.

Apple Music Support For Android Tablets Now Exits Beta

Apple Music Support For Android Tablets Now Exits Beta

Designing apps for tablets is not as easy as you might think. Tablets have a larger display which means that you can’t just scale up an app for smartphones and stuff it into a tablet. However due to the way we interact with our tablets, you can’t design a UI that you would normally use on a laptop or desktop computer either.

Now Apple has been working on an Android tablet UI for its Apple Music service for a while now, and the good news is that it is finally out of beta. This means that if you did not participate in the beta before that, you should be able to look forward to the new UI in the latest update to the Apple Music app.

Mortal Kombat 11 Beta Won't Be For The Pc Or Nintendo Switch

Mortal Kombat 11 Beta Won't Be For The PC Or Nintendo Switch

We know that many gamers are very excited to get their hands on Mortal Kombat 11 which was recently announced in detail. In fact there is a beta that kicks off on the 28th of March where you get to try the game before deciding if it is for you. Unfortunately it seems that not everyone will be able to get in on it.

In an FAQ on the Mortal Kombat website, it has been confirmed that the game’s beta will not be available for Nintendo Switch or PC gamers. Instead the beta seems to be exclusive to the PS4 and the Xbox One. There is no explanation or reason given as to why the Switch and PC were passed over for the beta, but if you want to check out the game before it is released, you’ll have to find a friend who pre-ordered the game on the PS4 or Xbox One.

Nokia 8 Android Pie Beta Has Been Released

Nokia 8 Android Pie Beta Has Been Released


HMD Global has done a good job so far of sending out the Android 9 Pie update for some of its devices. However, the Nokia 8 flagship from last year still hasn’t received it yet. It’s set to get the update in the near future as HMD Global has now officially released the Nokia 8 Android Pie beta.

The official launch of the beta for this handset is a good indication that the public launch of this much awaited software update may not be that far off. The Nokia 8 Android Pie beta is officially available for download starting today.

Android Pie Beta For Galaxy S9 To Launch Today

Android Pie Beta For Galaxy S9 To Launch Today


Samsung confirmed at its developers’ conference last week that it will soon be launching the Android Pie beta program for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Owners of these handsets in select countries will finally be able to get a taste of Pie if they manage to snag a place in the beta program. Samsung is reportedly going to launch the program later today.

The folks at SamMobile reached out to Samsung’s customer support staff in Germany who confirmed that the Android Pie beta for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will launch today. It’s pertinent to mention here that the United States, Germany, and South Korea were confirmed as the first markets for the beta last week. So if the beta is going live in Germany today there’s a good chance it will be out in the United States as well.

Samsung To Showcase Android 9 Beta At Sdc Tomorrow

Samsung To Showcase Android 9 Beta At SDC Tomorrow

Samsung’s annual developers’ conference kicks off tomorrow in San Francisco, California. The company has now revealed that it will be showcasing its Android 9 Pie beta at the event. It’s about time that the company revealed information about the next major Android update for its devices. Some of its rivals are already done with their beta programs and have even released the update.