How to get Android Q beta 3 on compatible non-Pixel phones

It’s great to see Android Q beta 3 with so many new features, but it’s also great to see the beta open up to non-Pixel phones. Here’s how to get Android Q beta 3 for compatible non-Pixel phones.

Asus Zenfone 5Z

Zen UI

According to Asus, known issues include SD cards with exFAT format not being supported and no beep when the volume up or down buttons are pressed.

  1. Turn off your Zenfone 5Z.
  2. Hold down the Power and Volume Up buttons until your phone reboots.
  3. Connect your Zenfone 5Z to your PC.
  4. Download and decompress the Android Q’s image file.
  5. Double-click on “update_image.bat,” which starts the flash image command
  6. When the flash finishes, hit the Enter key to restart your Zenfone 5Z.

Essential Phone

Before we start, make sure to download the factory image. Also, download the fastboot tool from the Android SDK Platform-Tools package and add it to your path so the flash scripts can find it.

Finally, turn on OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging from within Developer options. To get to developer options, tap the build number multiple times until you see the “You are now a developer!” pop-up message.

  1. Connect your Essential Phone to your PC.
  2. Use the ADB tool to run the command adb reboot bootloader
  3. Reboot your phone while holding the Volume Down button.
  4. Unlock your bootloader.
    1. Run the command fastboot flashing unlock
    2. Use the Volume Down button to go to the YES option and press the Power button to confirm
    3. While your Essential Phone is rebooting, press and hold the Volume Down button to return to Fastboot mode.
  5. Flash your factory image.
    1. Unzip the previously-downloaded factory image and go to where you unzipped the files.
    2. On Windows, run the command flashall.bat
    3. On Linux and MacOS X, run the command flashall.sh
  6. Relock your bootloader
    1. You don’t have to re-lock your bootloader, though doing so improves security.
    2. Run the command fastboot flashing lock
    3. Go back to Fastboot mode and run the command fastboot flashing lock_critical

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The twilight back of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Keep in mind that you must have released at least one app on the Google Play Store and use a Huawei Mate 20 Pro to qualify. Also, your Huawei ID must be registered with the same email address used for your Google Play Store developer account.

Finally, the beta is available from tomorrow, May 8 through June 30. After registration, the first version of Android Q beta 3 will be pushed out this Saturday, May 11. Following versions will be pushed out every Tuesday and Thursday.

You can go here to learn more about possible restrictions.

  1. Open this link on your Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
  2. Download and install the Beta app from the aforementioned link.
  3. Log in to the app with a Huawei ID registered with the Google Play Developer account’s email.
  4. Sign up for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro Developer project.

LG G8 ThinQ

LG G8 ThinQ Review display

Before installing Android Q beta 3, LG advises device owners to do a factory reset of their devices. Also, known issues include the camera with limited functionality, SD cards over 32GB not being recognized, Wi-Fi hotspot not working, voice calls over a Bluetooth headset not working, and some apps on the Google Play Store not working due to Q-OS compatibility issues.

Finally, you’ll have to use LG Beta Downloader every time there’s an update.

  1. Download and install LG Beta Downloader v1.0 or later (only works on Windows).
  2. Start LG Beta Downloader and follow the displayed instructions.

Nokia 8.1

The Nokia 8.1 screen.

Note that the beta only supports models TA-1119, TA-1121, and TA-1128 and associated 00WW images. Also, you must go here to sign up for a Nokia account and add the Nokia 8.1 to your account. From there, you can request Android Q beta 3 for your device.

Nokia is cagey on exact instructions, so make sure to have a compatible Nokia 8.1 device and follow the on-screen instructions.

OnePlus 6/6T

Even though the OnePlus 7 series also supports Android Q beta 3, the phones aren’t out yet. We’ll update this section with any new steps once the OnePlus 7 phones launch.

  1. Download the latest ROM upgrade zip package from the specified server, which you’ll find below.
    1. OnePlus 6
    2. OnePlus 6T
  2. Copy the Rollback package to the phone storage.
  3. Go to Settings -> System -> System Updates.
  4. Tap the top right icon, then tap Local upgrade.
  5. Tap on the corresponding installation upgrade, then tap Upgrade -> System upgrade completed to 100%.
  6. After the upgrade is complete, tap Restart.
  7. Your phone will reboot into recovery mode to format user data, then reboot again after updating.

Oppo Reno

Oppo Reno Hands On rear glass panel

Oppo hasn’t yet posted instructions on how to get Android Q beta 3 for the Oppo Reno. We’ll update this section once that changes.

Realme 3 Pro

Realme 3 Pro back of the phone

Realme hasn’t yet posted instructions on how to get Android Q beta 3 for the Realme 3 Pro. We’ll update this section once that changes.

Sony Xperia XZ3

Sony notes that only versions H8416, H9436, and H9493 of the Xperia XZ3 support Android Q beta 3. Also, Sony advises that device owners factory reset their devices before flashing the software.

  1. Go here to download the latest version of the Xperia Companion app on your PC.
  2. Start the Xperia Companion app.
  3. Hold down the Alt key on your keyboard and click on Software Repair on the homescreen.
  4. Tick the checkbox My device cannot be detected or started, then click Next.
  5. Wait for the initialization to complete, then follow the on-screen instructions.

Every subsequent software update for Android Q will be an OTA update. As such, you don’t have to use the Xperia Companion app unless you want to return to factory settings.

Tecno Spark 3 Pro

Press render of the Tecno Spark 3 Pro.

Tecno hasn’t yet posted instructions on how to get Android Q beta 3 for the Spark 3 Pro. We’ll update this section once that changes.

Vivo X27

Press render of the Vivo X27.

Vivo notes that the first version will be released this month, with the second version releasing in early July. Once Android Q is available to the public, Vivo will no longer release beta updates.

  1. Download the Android Q beta firmware for the Vivo X27.
  2. Copy the firmware package to the root directory of the Vivo X27’s storage.
  3. Tap on the software package, then select Start Upgrade when prompted.

Vivo Nex S

Vivo Nex

As previously mentioned, there will be an update in early July. Vivo will end the beta program once Android Q is publicly available.

  1. Download the Android Q beta firmware for the Vivo Nex S.
  2. Copy the firmware package to the root directory of the Vivo X27’s storage.
  3. Tap on the software package, then select Start Upgrade when prompted.

Vivo Nex A

As previously mentioned, there will be an update in early July. Vivo will end the beta program once Android Q is publicly available.

  1. Download the Android Q beta firmware for the Vivo Nex A.
  2. Copy the firmware package to the root directory of the Vivo X27’s storage.
  3. Tap on the software package, then select Start Upgrade when prompted.

Xiaomi Mi 9

Xiaomi Mi 9 hero shot

Xiaomi notes that there are seven known issues with Android Q beta 3 for the Mi 9. You can read the known issues below.

  • Alarm does not ring when the device is switched off.
  • Device restarts after user selects wireless projection device in the Wireless display.
  • Settings app stops running after user deactivates shortcut to mute device.
  • Settings app stops running when Gesture is selected in Settings.
  • File app stops running after refresh.
  • Unable to switch screen color in Settings.
  • Unable to add a fingerprint.

Also, you must opt-in through the fastboot method that’s listed in the steps below.

  1. Download the Android Q beta firmware for the Xiaomi Mi 9.
  2. Download the MIUI ROM Flashing Tool.
  3. Unlock your device.
  4. Turn off your Mi 9.
  5. Press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons to enter Fastboot mode.
  6. Connect the Mi 9 to your PC.
  7. Double-click the downloaded firmware to decompress it.
  8. Open the file folder for the decompressed firmware and copy its path on the PC.
  9. Once the MIUI ROM Flashing Tool is installed, open MiFlash.exe and paste it into the address bar the firmware file folder path copied in the previous step.
  10. Click the first button (circled out in yellow) to refresh.
  11. Click the second button (circled out in red) to flash the firmware to your Mi 9.

If these steps don’t help you, you can download the Mi PC Suite. From there, put your Mi 9 in Fastboot mode, connect the phone to your PC, and select the firmware.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G logo

Xiaomi notes that there are seven known issues with Android Q beta 3 for the Mi Mix 3 5G. You can read the known issues below.

  • Alarm does not ring when the device is switched off.
  • Device restarts after user selects wireless projection device in the Wireless display.
  • Default print service stops after device connects to Wi-Fi to print photos from gallery.
  • Settings app stops running after user deactivates shortcut to mute device.
  • Settings app stops running after user selects “Gestures”.
  • File app stops running after refresh.
  • Unable to switch color in settings.
  • Settings app crashes after Automatic brightness is selected.

Also, you must opt-in through the fastboot method that’s listed in the steps below.

  1. Download the Android Q beta firmware for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G.
  2. Download the MIUI ROM Flashing Tool.
  3. Unlock your device.
  4. Turn off your Mi Mix 3 5G.
  5. Press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons to enter Fastboot mode.
  6. Connect the Mi Mix 3 5G to your PC.
  7. Double-click the downloaded firmware to decompress it.
  8. Open the file folder for the decompressed firmware and copy its path on the PC.
  9. Once the MIUI ROM Flashing Tool is installed, open MiFlash.exe and paste it into the address bar the firmware file folder path copied in the previous step.
  10. Click the first button (circled out in yellow) to refresh.
  11. Click the second button (circled out in red) to flash the firmware to your Mi Mix 3 5G.

If these steps don’t help you, you can download the Mi PC Suite. From there, put your Mi Mix 3 5G in Fastboot mode, connect the phone to your PC, and select the firmware.


And that’s it! Let us know in the comments if you have any of the devices listed here and plan to install Android Q beta 3.

Snapdragon 855 phones — what are your best options?

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 case

If performance is what you’re after, getting your hands on the best Snapdragon 855 phone you can find is the way to go. Quite a few of them were announced this year by Samsung, LGSony, and more, with even more expected to debut in the near future.

We’ve rounded up the best Snapdragon 855 phones on the market. Some are already on sale and others will hit the stores soon. Let’s dive in.

Editor’s note: We will update this list of the best Snapdragon 855 phones regularly as new devices launch.

Samsung Galaxy S10 series

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus - best Snapdragon 855 phones

The Galaxy S10 phones are aimed at demanding users, packing the Snapdragon 855 chipset under the hood (Exynos 9820 Octa in some regions), with up to 12GB of RAM. The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus offer almost identical specs, with a few differences. The Plus model has a larger display, a bigger battery, and two cameras on the front (instead of one).

Both sport a triple-camera setup at the back, with an IP68 ratingexpandable storage, and wireless charging. There’s even a headphone jack on board. They also feature an in-display fingerprint scanner and a punch-hole display with curved edges.

The Galaxy S10e offers the least of the trio, sporting the smallest display at 5.8-inches with Full HD+ resolution instead of the QHD+ you get with its bigger brothers. The phone has two cameras at the back and sports a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. It’s the cheapest Galaxy S10 phone you can get, although it’s still pricey — check out the prices via the button below.

In addition to these three phones, Samsung also announced the Galaxy S10 5G, which isn’t available yet. You can learn more about it here.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

  • 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with 3,040 x 1,440 resolution, 522ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 (Exynos 9820 Octa in some regions)
  • 8/12GB of RAM
  • 128GB/512GB/1TB of storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • 12, 12, and 16MP rear cameras, 10 and 8MP front cameras
  • Non-removable 4,100mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm, 175g

Samsung Galaxy S10

  • 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with 3,040 x 1,440 resolution, 550ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 (Exynos 9820 Octa in some regions)
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128/512GB of storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • 12, 12, and 16MP rear cameras, 10MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,400mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm, 157g

Samsung Galaxy S10e

  • 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with 2,280 x 1,080 resolution, 438ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 (Exynos 9820 Octa in some regions)
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • 12 and 16MP rear cameras, 10MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,100mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm, 150g

Sony Xperia 1

Sony Xperia 1 Sony Xperia 10 10 Plus

Sony announced Xperia 1 at MWC 2019. It sports a 6.5-inch 21:9 display, which makes it quite tall. According to the company, this aspect ratio offers improved multitasking. For example, you can run two apps on the display in split-screen mode and see more of each one.

Editor’s Pick

The handset sports the latest Qualcomm chipset under the hood along with 6GB of RAM, which means it can handle anything you throw at it. It comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, three rear cameras, and a modern design with thin bezels and a glass back. The phone doesn’t have a headphone jack and packs a 3,300mAh battery, which is far from impressive.

The Sony Xperia 1 isn’t on sale yet, but it is up for pre-order at Clove in the U.K. It retails for 850 pounds, which translates to around $1,100. However, the phone will be cheaper once it launches in the U.S. — you’ll be able to get it unlocked from various retailers including Best Buy and Amazon.

Specs

  • 6.5-inch OLED display with 3,840 x 1,644 resolution, 643ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 chipset
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • Three 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,330mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 167 x 72 x 8.2mm, 180g

Xiaomi Mi 9

Xiaomi Mi 9 - Device on Table

The Xiaomi Mi 9‘s combination of high-end specs, modern design, and an affordable price make it one of the best Snapdragon 855 phones. The global version comes with 6GB of RAM under the hood paired with 64 or 128GB of storage, while users in China also get variants with 8 and 12GB of RAM and as much as 256GB of storage.

The Mi 9’s battery goes from zero to 100 percent in around 65 minutes.

Xiaomi’s flagship sports an in-display fingerprint scanner and packs a 3,300mAh battery that supports 27W wired charging. This charger is sold separately — you get an 18W charger in the box — and gets the battery from zero to 100 percent in around 65 minutes.

The Mi 9 also supports wireless charging, features three rear cameras covered by sapphire glass, and comes in a couple of gorgeous colors. It’s already up for pre-order in a few European countries with a starting price of 450 euros (~$510).

Specs

  • 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 403ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 chipset
  • 6/8/12GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 48, 16, and 12MP rear cameras, 20MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.5 x 74.7 x 7.6mm, 173g

LG V50 ThinQ

best Snapdragon 855 phones

The V50 ThinQ is a minor upgrade over its predecessor. It’s 5G-ready, powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest SoC, and sports a large 4,000mAh battery. The phone is a great choice for music lovers, as it features a headphone jack and a Quad DAC for a better audio experience with the right headphones.

Read next: LG’s V-series will now be exclusively 5G, G-series will be 4G only

LG’s flagship has five cameras on board — three at the back and two up front. It’s IP68 rated for protection against water and dust, supports expandable storage, and comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. All these specs and features combined make it one of the best Snapdragon 855 phones out there.

However, you’ll have to wait a bit to get your hands on it. The phone will launch on Sprint’s 5G network this year, which is supposed to roll out before the end of the first half of 2019. No word on pricing yet.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch P-OLED display with 3,120 x 1,440 resolution, 537ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 chipset
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • 12, 12, and 16MP rear cameras, 8 and 5MP front cameras
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 159.2 x 76.1 x 8.3mm, 183g

Samsung Galaxy Fold

This is Samsung’s first foldable phone. It can switch between phone and tablet form factors thanks to its bendable display. When closed, you interact with the device via an outer 4.6-inch display. It opens up like a book, revealing a 7.3-inch display.

Editor’s Pick

The Galaxy Fold is a beast of a phone. In addition to Qualcomm’s latest chipset, it also comes with 12GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and a total of six cameras — three on the back, one on the front, and two on the inside. Unlike the rest of Samsung’s lineup, this device doesn’t have a headphone jack. It also sports two batteries totaling 4,380mAh, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and 5G support.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is the most unique device on our list of the best Snapdragon 855 phones. It will go on sale in the U.S. on April 26 with a starting price tag of $1,980.

Specs

  • 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED main display with 2,152 x 1,536 resolution, 414ppi
  • 4.6-inch Super AMOLED cover display with HD+ resolution
  • Snapdragon 855 chipset
  • 12GB of RAM
  • 512GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 12, 12, and 16MP rear cameras, 10 and 8MP front cameras, 10MP cover camera
  • Non-removable 4,380mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie

These are the best Snapdragon 855 phones in our opinion, but plenty of other great options are available, like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, ZTE Axon 10 Pro, LG G8 ThinQ, and Lenovo Z5 Pro GT. Which one would you choose? Let us know in the comments! 

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