Google Pixel 3 XL has been spotted on benchmark platform Geekbench carrying Android Q. This could be considered part of the alpha-testing phase of the next version of Android, that will be release in fall of 2019 by Google.
The Geekbench listing might be a sign of Google wanting to step up the pace of Android adoption across smartphone makers. The only standout, besides the scores of the phone, is the mention of ‘Android Q’ in the operating system section.
This model registered a single-core score of 2404, and a multi-core score of 8510. For comparison, the Pixel 3 XL based on Android Pie comes with an average single-core score of 2350 and a multi-core score of 8375.
Alpha-testing indicates that the software is in very early stages of development. Official updates for the same, though, would only be expected around the next edition of Google’s developer conference I/O, which should take place around May, 2019.
A previous report has indicated, Android Q could be made be available for early testing to more users under the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which will be part of Project Treble. While the timeline for Project Treble support to Android Q remains unknown, the Pixel series phones will be the first to officially receive the latest Google OS.
It has also been indicated that Android Q will offer the ability to run to two apps simultaneously under a new ‘Multi-resume’ mode. Google’s VP of Engineering Dave Burke had explained at a recent developer summit how Android will appear on foldable displays and that this new multi-resume feature will become a ‘mandatory behaviour’ in the next Android version.