Google has launched the Android Q Beta 5 that includes gestural navigation updates, final APIs (API level 29) for Android 10, various fixes, latest system behaviors, updated build tools for Android Studio and more. This is the first release candidate build, and according to the update timeline there would one more release candidate build before the final public release.

Android Q Beta 5 system images and OTA files are available for all Google Pixel phones. If you are already running the previous Developer Preview build (beta 4), you will get the OTA update on your device. Other users can download and install the factory images manually or enroll for the beta.



There aren’t many user-facing features in Android Q Beta 5, but it includes Gestural navigation updates. The update adds a swipe gesture from either corner to get to the Google Assistant. Google will continue improve the gesture navigation in the upcoming Android Q beta 6.

Starting in Beta 6, the system will switch to the classic 3-button navigation when you using a custom launcher by default. The team will address the remaining issues with custom launchers in a post-launch update allowing all users to switch to gestural navigation.

Android Q Beta 5 system images and OTA are live for all Google Pixel phones – Pixel, the Pixel XL, the Pixel 2, the Pixel 2 XL, the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL and the recently launched Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Android Q Beta 5 GSI images are also available for all Project Treble devices.

Download Android Q Beta 5

Factory images and OTAs for Google Pixel phones are available for download now. Enroll in the beta program by going here or download the image file from below and flash it as given here.

Android Q Beta 5 System Images for Pixel Phones [download]

Android Q Beta 5 OTA Images for Pixel Phones [download]

Android Q Beta 5 GSI Images for Project Treble devices [download]

As said above, this is the first RC (release candidate) build of Android Q and the second and last RC build will roll out later this month. The final stable build of Android Q, probably will called Android 10, will release by early August 2019, if they follow the previous update pattern.

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