Android Q, and not Android 9.1 Pie, could be the next version of Android

Oh we're already starting to talk about Android Q? Okay then.

  • Published: September 6, 2018 6:17 PM IST
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It hasn’t even been a month since Android 9.0 Pie went official, but it seems it is now time to start talking about the next version of Android, which will presumably go by the code letter ‘Q’. According to a new report by XDA Developers, it seems that the next major version of Android will directly be next year’s Android Q, rather than a ‘maintenance release’ in the form of Android 9.1 or something of the sort.

The report comes through some smart digging in a Google document. The document mentions that Android API Level 29 will be Android Q, which essentially means that there won’t be any major versions of Android between the current peak version Android 9.0 and the next version. Android Pie is API Level 28, and Android 8.1 Oreo is API Level 27, according to Google’s internal coding. This doesn’t mean that there won’t be any updates between now and Android Q, rather that Android 9.0 will only see minor changes rather than a larger maintenance release.

Of course, it’s very early to be talking of Android Q, which is likely in a very early stage of development right now. With the exception of the Google Pixel series and a handful of other smartphones from other brands, Android 9.0 Pie is still a while away on most devices.

The latest Android version distribution numbers for August show that Android Oreo is only just beginning to pick up and grow quickly, although Android Nougat remains the most widely-used version of Android. Android 9.0 Pie does not show up on the chart, which means that less than 0.1 percent of Android devices globally are running the new version. This could grow a bit in the next few months,  but we’re realistically still waiting for Android Oreo to become the dominant version of Android before that.

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Android Q is likely to be available as a developer preview version some time in early 2019, but based on this news, it’s probably the next big version to expect. For now though, we’re hoping that Android 9.0 Pie adoption increases, as more manufacturers launch phones with the new OS version, and update their existing phones to it as well.

  • Published Date: September 6, 2018 6:17 PM IST