Google re-released the fourth beta version of Android Q after fixing an issue that caused some pixel devices to be "bootloop", meaning that they were in a constant reset state were caught. The problem occurred after some Pixel users tried to install the beta version of Over-The-Air. Google wrote on Twitter that all devices registered in the beta have now received the new beta 4 update and the downloadable images for developers have been updated.
The incident is a good reminder that you never install beta software on hardware that you rely on as a primary device, no matter how tempting the new features may be. Aside from this incident, Google's Android updates are usually pretty reliable. With Android Nougat, the company introduced a new "A / B System Updates (Seamless)" method that can reset a device to an earlier version if there are problems with an update. It is unclear why the issue was not resolved by the fallback opportunity.
We have resolved the issue that affects some users when upgrading to Beta 4, and we are resuming the updates. All registered devices receive a new Beta 4 update to QPP4.190502.019 (even those with Beta 4 QPP4.190502.018 installed). We have also updated downloadable images for developers. pic.twitter.com/7xxCemrfXa
– Android Developers (@AndroidDev) June 11, 2019
Android Q Beta 4 is a relatively small update in the big scheme of things. In addition to optimizing the new design for the dark mode of the software and fixing various bugs, the update included a new settings menu that included hints on native facial recognition for Android.