Got A Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL: Your Smartphones Have Now Seemingly Been Officially Discontinued, Android Q Works Though

Written By Rahul R | Mumbai | Published:


  • Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL Have Now Seemingly Been Phased Off
  • Existing users could still load and test Android Q Developer Preview beta

If you are a user of the Google Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2 smartphones, then it is worth knowing now that these handsets might very well have been discontinued if a new official listing is anything to go by. This naturally rakes up the question of testing out the Google Android Q firmware that is now seeding as a Developer Preview beta.

First things first, navigating to the official Pixel 2 listing on Google Store redirects users to the Pixel 3 page. Here, the Pixel 3 smartphone is listed in its full glory, but there is no sign of the Pixel 2. Same goes for the Pixel 2XL as well.

Hence, Pixel 2 and the related Pixel 2 XL could have been practically discontinued meaning if you are still desirous of purchasing the older smartphone then third-party retailers possessing left-over stock could be your best bet.

Android Q- Within Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

If you are amongst the rare breed of Pixel 2, Pixel 2XL users, you have virtually nothing to worry about as far as testing out Android Q firmware as a developer is concerned. Both the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2 are listed as “eligible” to receive Android Q. In case you are desirous of checking out Android Q and report your customized feedback/bugs to Google, then it is imminent that you manually install the newer firmware through an emulator. Check out below the steps to achieve this:

  • Ensure that you have set up a new virtual device, and then install the newest system image
  • Once within Android Studio, check out Tools > SDK Manager
  • Within the SDK Platforms tab, choose Show Package Details present below the window.
  • From beneath Android Q Beta, choose a custom system image such as Google APIs Intel x86 Atom System Image.
  • Within the SDK Tools tab, select the latest version of Android Emulator.
  • Select OK to begin the installation process.
  • Post the installation, choose Tools > AVD Manager and follow the on-screen instructions to create a new AVD.
  • Ensure to choose a device definition, not including Play Store, and select Q for system image.
  • Upon returning to the AVD Manager virtual devices list, launch the newly created virtual device by double-clicking it.

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