Android Q: everything you need to know about Google’s update

By geezywap at 2019-05-11 • 0 collector • 324 pageviews

Google took the wraps off the next version of Android 10 Q at its IO developer conference in California this week, introducing a whole range of new features, gestures, AI and privacy advances.

Android Q doesn’t yet have a full name, but it marks a shift-change in Google’s attitudes to how things should work on a smartphone.

When can I get it?

Google has released the third public beta of Android Q this week, so if you have a Google Pixel phone, you can try it right now. It is very much a work in progress, so be warned: not 

When will it be released in final form?

Google’s timeline for Android Q updates. Photograph: Google

Google is predicting a final release of Android 10 Q in the third quarter of 2019, which in previous years has meant some time in August. At that point people with Google’s Pixel smartphones will then be able to update, while others will have to wait for their manufacturer to make the update available at a later date.

What will it actually be called?

Android 10 Q-something. Previous versions of Google’s operating system have all been named after sweets or desserts including Kit Kat, Marshmallow, Oreo and, most recently, just Pie. So on that basis perhaps Quince Jelly?

How much will it cost?

It will be a free update. If you are asked to pay to update, it’s likely to be a scam. How many older devices actually get Android Q remains to be seen.


How much will it cost?

It will be a free update. If you are asked to pay to update, it’s likely to be a scam. How many older devices actually get Android Q remains to be seen.

Gesture navigation revisited

Google’s new navigation gesture bar mirror’s Apple’s iOS. Photograph: Google


Google’s new navigation gesture bar mirror’s Apple’s iOS. Photograph: Google

Android 9 Pie introduced a new pill button and new swiping gestures that replaced the traditional back, home and recently-used apps soft keys. It wasn’t universally loved, and other manufacturers decided to go their own way.

Android Q beta 3 takes Google’s gestures a stage further, embracing the back gesture used by Huawei and Honor devices: swipe in from either the left or right edge of the screen to go back. It works great.


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