Yesterday Google released Android Q beta 4 for the Pixel phones via OTA (over the air) update. But soon some user especially Pixel 2XL users run into issues with bootlooping when attempting to update to Q Beta 4. A factory reset fixed things, but this is obviously a problem.
Now Google has officially paused the OTA update. In a reddit post, Google said that “We’re aware of an issue with Android Q Beta 4 related to installing updates. We’ve temporarily paused Beta 4 OTA updates to all Pixel devices as we investigate the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience, and will provide an update once the issue is resolved.”
Except for the reddit post, Google has not mentioned it anywhere else. It worth mentioning that the incident happened at such a time when Google is actually working to for some time to avoid these types of situations. The method that will use to tackle these types of incident is called “A/B (Seamless) System Updates”. In this method when an update becomes available, its installs the update in separate partition without interrupting the user. Then after the reboot system tries to boot into the newer partition. If the newer partition has any error then the system boot into older good version. But for some reason this time this safety feature failed.
So if a new update pops up in your phone you should not install it. You should wait until Google resolves the issue. From this incident, you should take one lesson, never install a beta on your primary devices.