Getting Ready for Android Q

Google has released a beta for their next major mobile OS release, Android Q. This page will serve as a hub to keep you up to date on Android Q and prepare your devices for the update (expected in Q3 this year). Please subscribe to this page to get notified of all changes made to stay up-to-date as Android Q gets closer to general availability.


General Information

As of March 13th, 2019, Android Q is available for users to test on Pixel devices. According to the beta program overview page, 6 beta releases are expected, leading up to GA in Q3 2019.


If you’re interested in participating in the Android Q beta program, you can review your options here. We encourage updating test devices to the Android Q beta and ensure that internally developed applications function as expected. We also recommended reviewing the behavior changes that affect all apps and apps that target Android Q.


What’s new in Android Q

A complete list of new Android Enterprise features in Android Q is available here.


Device Admin Deprecation

As discussed previously in our public blog, Google has deprecated some capabilities for device administrators in Android Q. Features below will continue to be functional until Intelligent Hub begins targeting API level 29 later in 2019:

  • Ability to enforce complexity for device passcodes
  • Ability to enforce passcode changes after a set time limit
  • Ability to disable camera
  • Ability to disable keyguard features
  • Ability to report Serial Number and ICCID

We highly encourage migrating devices enrolled using device administrator to Android Enterprise. If a cap and grow strategy is being employed (only new enrollments are on Android Enterprise, old enrollments are on device administrator), ensure that legacy devices are not updated to Android Q.


Pop-up warnings for apps targeting API level 22 and older

In Android Q, When an app is initially run after being installed, the platform will warn users if the app targets a platform version lower than Android 6.0 (API level 23). If the app requires the user to grant permissions, the user will also be given an opportunity to adjust the app's permissions before the app is permitted to run for the first time.
More information can be found here.

The Workspace ONE Launcher and AirWatch Container will be impacted by this change when a device has been upgraded to Android Q. The warning will be displayed when the app is being configured for the first time. The Workspace ONE Team is diligently working to update the target API level in Workspace ONE Launcher.


Location permissions requirement in Android Q Work Profile

Google has made a change to how Intelligent Hub manages Wi-Fi networks on Work Profile devices and now requires that the location permissions be enabled in order to remove the profile. Without this permission the only method to remove a wi-fi network configuration is to unenroll the device.
Note: Unenrolling the device will remove the entirety of the Work Profile.


Changes to application switching on Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub on Android Legacy Enrollment

In Android Q applications will no longer have the ability to bring themselves to the foreground from the background. This change impacts many workflows which require that an app be moved to the background or brought to the foreground such as Legacy Android enrollment. Newly enrolling an Android Q device into Android Legacy may require that the user manually re-open the Intelligent Hub during enrollment depending on the selected enrollment flow in the environment.
Note: Enrolling Android Q devices into Android Legacy is strongly discouraged.

Impact on Android Legacy Devices

  • AAGNT-186307: [Android Legacy] User is not taken back to enrollment screen after email client app is installed from play store
  • AAGNT-186308: [Android Legacy] Internal app install prompt gets hidden by Processing Application Install screen
  • AAGNT-186310: [Android Legacy] Intelligent Hub doesn't prompt to install/uninstall app or to update password when it's running in background
  • AAGNT-186710: [Android Legacy][Device Owner]Serial number in the device details screen is shown empty. 


VMware application support for Android Q

VMware validates applications with the latest OS releases to ensure your devices will be successful upon upgrade. To ensure a successful upgrade, users are encouraged to update to the specified version of each Android app listed below to fully support Android Q.

Application Android Q Supported Version
Boxer 5.9
Content 3.19
Intelligent Hub 19.07 
Launcher 4.4.1
Notebook 1.1
Tunnel TBD 
Web 7.7
Workspace ONE TBD 

Note: AirWatch Relay and AirWatch Container will not be supported in Android Q. 


Known Issues

Our team is actively testing Android Q to prepare for the Q3 release. Current known issues are listed below:

  • AAGNT-186221: Required Device Password for installing the certs notification can not launch change device password activity
  • AAGNT-186709: [Device Owner mode]Permission screen is shown twice in Android Q device
  • ASDK-170823: Downloading a file from a site enabled for Integrated Auth fails intermittently when going through proxy in Workspace ONE Web for Android



Support Contact Information

To receive support, either submit a ticket via the My Workspace ONE  portal or call your local support line.


Best Regards,
The VMware Workspace ONE Team


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