Android 10 will be coming out later this year, but not every phone will get it. The ones that will may not even get it in 2019. While Project Treble has helped to reduce some OEM struggles with software updates, it’ll be some time before non-Pixel phones receive Android Q. With this guide, you’ll at least know when.
Despite all of the improvements to Android’s updating process, only 10.4% of all Android devices managed to update to Android Pie (9.0) over the last nine months. It appears that Android Q will be another software update which will be enjoyed by a minority of users this year. The rest will have to wait until next year, if lucky.
With Android Oreo (8.0), Google introduced Project Treble to let OEMs push out Android updates without waiting for new compatible skins. Now, Google is working to speed up security updates with its new Project Mainline, which pushes out updates from the Play Store.
The thing is, Android users will want Android Q. With a real system-wide dark mode coming to the platform, along with support for foldable phones, revised gestures controls, and collections of security and backend features, this isn’t something to miss out on. And those are just some of the new features.
If you think your Android phone might get Android 10, check the list below to find out when. Not sure? Check the list, but as time goes on we’ll know better timelines and more devices that will support Android Q, so keep coming back to check.
About This List
For each phone on this list, we’ll label it as either “Confirmed” (with an official date or the time it took for the update to be released), “Beta” (with latest version number it supports), “Rumored,” or “No Information.” When a US variant of the phone officially receives Android Q after the update is released, its name will be bold.
As with our previous list, we’ll focus solely on smartphones officially released in the US. This means we will exclude Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and other Chinese brands. Even if the phone’s international version is available through official retailers (e.g., Huawei P30 via B&H), it won’t be on our list as it’s still not technically an official release. Typically, these versions don’t include US warranty.
ASUS was pretty bad when it came to updating its devices to Pie. At the time of writing, only ZenFone 5Z received an official version of Pie while six other phones are confirmed but not updated. So far, it appears ASUS will continue support for its flagship device as the same phone can also run the Android Q Beta v3.
While consumers are unsure if Essential will ever release another phone, the company founded by Android’s co-founder, Andy Rubin, has been downright impressive when it comes to software updates on its two-year-old device.
The Essential PH-1 is the only non-Pixel phone to receive updates hours after Pixel devices, including monthly security patches. For context, the Essential PH-1 received Android Pie within two hours of the Pixel 2 and 2 XL receiving the official build. With it currently running the Android Q Beta v3, we expect the same will continue into the upcoming year.
Besides running stock Android, the biggest reason to use a Pixel device is a guarantee that, for three years, you will receive every monthly security patch, and for two years, both major software updates. Pixel phones are the first to run the latest version of Android and the first to run the Beta program.
As with previous years, we expect Google to update every phone in the lineup. If you have a Google Pixel or Google Pixel XL, you should remember that this is the last guaranteed software update for your device, so it’s possible that it will not be able to run Android 11, aka Android R. If you want to the latest update, you should look to upgrade in the next year.
LG has been notoriously bad when it comes to updates, and last year was no exception. Android Pie is currently on none of its US phones, and there’s no information on when or if they will be. Despite the “Global Software Upgrade Center,” LG continues to poorly perform when it comes to monthly security patches as well, with devices running security patches three or four months behind. But, the LG G8 ThinQ is participating in the Android Q Beta, so at least one phone should get Android Q in a timely fashion. As for the rest, we just don’t know.
With nearly its entire lineup being a part of the Android One program, Nokia has been one of the best companies to update its devices. Last year, more than half of its US lineup was updated to Android Pie, with two more promised before the second half of the year. This year should be no different thanks to the Android One program, which guarantees two years of software updates and three years of security patches.
After some criticism over how well it updated devices, OnePlus made some adjustments and became a leader in software updates. Every phone since the OnePlus 3 can run a version of Android Pie, with only the OnePlus 3 and 3T supporting a beta version.
OnePlus has laid out a policy similar to Android One, which promises two years of software updates and three years of security patches for all of its phones. That means every phone starting with the OnePlus 5 will get Android Q.
While Sony struggles to make its presence known in the US, it has been pretty good at updates. The majority of its flagships have received Android Pie, and Sony promises that its midrange series would get Android Pie in the upcoming months. While we don’t know about all of Sony’s phones when it comes to Android 10, the Xperia XZ3 is a part of the Android Q beta, which means it will get Android Q shortly.