How to install Android Q Beta on Essential Phone (Developer Preview 3)

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Here in this article, we will share with you how to install Android Q Beta on Essential Phone. Google has released Android Q beta developer preview 3 for 21 devices currently at developers conference 2019 at California.

The Android Q Beta includes the dark mode, privacy & security options, notification assist, smart reply, live capture, focus mode, etc. It also brings enhancements for foldable devices, new APIs for connectivity, new media codecs, camera improvements, Vulkan 1.1 support, faster app startup, and more.

All the Google pixel series devices are eligible to get the update right now. Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL are in the list. While non-pixel Android smartphones are also on the list. Such as Asus ZenFone 5Z, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ3, LG G8, OnePlus 6T, Oppo Reno, Realme 3 Pro, Vivo NEX A, Vivo NEX S, Nokia 8.1, Essential PH-1, Tecno Spark 3 Pro, Vivo X27, Xiaomi Mi 9, and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G.

Read More: How to Enable Themes on Android Q Beta (Easiest Way)

Before heading over to the installation process, let’s take a look at the Android Q Beta 3 version features briefly.

Android Q Top Features:

Some of the top Android Q Beta features are mentioned here in brief. The improved Security and Privacy option, system-wide Dark Theme, Live Caption, Project Mainline, improved gestures, Smart reply, and Focus Mode.

Security and Privacy Control

In terms of the security and privacy options, the Android Q Beta DP3 provides much improved and better privacy control over apps, locations, etc. Now the system will allow apps which permissions to be taken for granted or not. This will play a major role in the near future. Even you can use incognito mode on Maps to keep your location private.

Dark Mode

The system-wide dark mode feature is now available on the whole system. Now, you can change your theme and even accent color according to your choice. Meanwhile, theme color will have only two options like light and dark theme. Where all the system apps will work in the night theme. It will even reduce your eye strain during low light and saves device battery a lot.

Live Caption and Project Timeline

Whereas the Live Caption will come in handy for deaf users who can’t hear sounds or have any issues. It will allow the system to capture the voice conversation and show a subtitle on the screen even in offline mode. The Project Timeline is so much useful for all the users because it will tweak system architecture so that you will receive security patch updates via Play Store.

Gestures, Smart reply, and Focus Mode

The improved gesture navigation control now offers more smooth and fluid gestures than earlier. But this time Google has removed the back button to give a full-screen mode. Smart Reply is one of the top features of Android Q beta right now. It supports all the major messaging applications and offers auto-reply mode with templates for easier use.

The last but another useful feature is Focus Mode. However, the feature was released on Android Pie but most of the devices didn’t get this feature officially. It will help the user to choose the apps which are quite disturbing in terms of the notifications. It’s quite similar to DND mode.

Please Note: This is not a final version or a stable version of Android Q for Essential Phone (PH-1). You may experience bugs in it.

How to get Android Q Beta OTA on Essential Phone (PH-1)

How to install Android Q Beta on Essential Phone (Developer Preview 3)

If you want to get the latest OTA of Android Q Beta 3 build, you can download and install the official Essential Q Beta app from the Google Play Store easily.

How to Flash Android Q Beta on Your Essential Phone (PH-1)

In order to get the Android Q Beta system image on your Essential PH-1, you will need to download and install Android Q Beta file on Essential Phone.

Please Note: Flashing will wipe all the data from your Essential Phone, so take a complete backup of your device at first.

Download Android Q Beta DP3 for Essential Phone (PH-1)

  • Android 10.0 Beta 3 (PQ1A.190404.051) | OTA
  • Android 10.0 Beta 3 (PQ1A.190404.051) | Fastboot

Once you’ve downloaded the system image file for your device, follow the instructions provided below to flash the image onto your Essential Phone officially.

Flashing Instructions:

  • Download the fastboot tool from the Android SDK Platform-Tools package
  • Add it to your path so the flash scripts can find it
  • Connect your Essential phone to your computer with a USB cable

Enable OEM Unlock from Developer options:

  • Tap on Settings, then tap System > About phone
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page, then tap the Build number 7 times until you see the pop-up message You are now a developer.
  • Go back one screen to System, then tap Developer options
  • Find the option: OEM Unlocking and turn it on
  • Find the option: USB Debugging and turn it on

Fastboot Mode:

  • Use the ADB tool packaged above to run the command:
adb reboot bootloader
  • Reboot your phone while holding the Volume-down button

Unlock Bootloader:

  • Run the command:
fastboot flashing unlock
  • Press the Volume-down button to navigate to the YES option, then press the Power button to confirm. Your Essential Phone will reboot.
  • While your Essential Phone is rebooting, hold the Volume-Down button to return to Fastboot mode.
  • Run the command: fastboot flashing unlock_critical
  • Press the Volume-Down button to navigate to the YES option, then press the Power button to confirm. Your Essential Phone will reboot.
  • While your Essential Phone is rebooting, hold the Volume-Down button to return to Fastboot mode.

Flash Device Factory Image:

  • Download the factory image to your PC
  • Unzip the downloaded file
  • Go to where you unzipped the images
  • For Linux / Mac OS X – Run the command:
flashall.sh
  • For Windows – Run the command:
flashall.bat

Relock your Device Bootloader:

  • After complete flashing, it’s recommended to relock your bootloader for security reasons.
  • Go back to fastboot mode and run the command then hit enter:
fastboot flashing lock
  • Go back to fastboot mode and run the command then hit enter:
fastboot flashing lock_critical

You’ve successfully installed Android Q Beta 3 on Essential PH-1.

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