There was a time when Huawei and software updates did not get along, but things have been changing over the last year or so. Things are seemingly getting even better this year. The Mate 20 Pro is the first Huawei phone to be eligible for Android Q beta 1, which means you can download and install Google’s latest software on it alongside the Pixel phones. Conditions apply (the update is available for developers alone, and only in select regions) but at least, the intend is there from Huawei – even as close rival Samsung has decided to skip the Android Q beta bandwagon altogether.
In line with its new-found commitment to software updates, Huawei has announced that as many as eight Huawei and Honor phones will get the stable Android Q update immediately after Google rolls it out for its Pixel phones – which is possibly in August. Only Huawei and Honor flagships have made the cut, but that’s understandable.
Broadly speaking, the Huawei Mate 20, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei Mate 20X, Huawei Mate 20 RS Porsche Design, Huawei P30, Huawei P30 Pro, Honor V20, and Honor Magic 2, will be the first batch of Huawei (and Honor) phones to get Android Q.
Huawei doesn’t mention an EMUI number, also it doesn’t touch upon any new upcoming feature that would accompany it, but Android Q should also be accompanied by a new version of EMUI. The current version of EMUI is EMUI 9.1 which is based on Android Pie, so we are possibly looking at version 10 in future.
Regardless, at its core, the new update should bring all the new Android features that Android Q is gunning for. Android Q will not be a substantial upgrade over Android P as far as visuals are concerned. Rather it will continue to build upon Google’s ongoing work on improving security and privacy, as well as digital wellbeing of users. Dark mode is a key feature of Android Q, but Huawei already supports a system-wide dark mode in its current-generation EMUI version. Some of the other key features of Android Q are Live Caption, Smart Reply and Focus Mode.