Huawei has quietly launched Android Oreo Beta program for its Huawei Mate 9 handset. A few screenshots of the device running Android 8.0 Oreo already surfaced last week. The Chinese tech company now seems to provide a taste of the new Android OS version (in the form of beta build) to users before pushing a global release.
However, according to a report from Android Headlines, the beta testing program for the Mate 9 will be rolled out only to 250 users. The report points out that since its a beta program, the software is not fully optimised which means users might face issues. For those who want to take risk running the beta software, they can head on to Beta Friendly User Test (FUT) provided at Huawei’s dedicated website. They can search for the source link on the site and follow the instructions to further proceed. The FUT once downloaded, users will then have to sign-in with their Huawei ID before being eligible to receive the Android Oreo beta for the Mate 9.
Huawei as per report mentions that the beta program will end by November 3, suggesting that the final build of Android 8.0 Oreo for Mate 9 might be released by the end of the year.
It worth noting that the beta update might not pop up on all Mate 9 units. Apparently, Huawei will make the Android Oreo beta program available only to Mate 9 units running firmware version MHA-L29C432B194.
To recall, the Huawei Mate 9 was introduced back in November last year. The phone features a 5.9-inch display with 1080×1920 pixel resolution. It is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 960 SoC clocked at 1.8GHz and paired with 4GB of RAM. It comes with 64GB of native storage which is further expandable up to 256GB using microSD card. The Mate 9 offers 20-megapixel sensor at the back and an 8-megapixel selfie shooter up front. It packs a 4000mAh battery and was released running Android Nougat out-of-the-box.