Huawei’s Mate 10 launched on Monday sporting a new EMUI 8 custom interface running atop of Android 8 Oreo and boasting AI assisted photography. Owners of last year’s Mate 9 handset needn’t feel left out though because the Chinese handset maker is in the process of rolling an Android Oreo beta program for the device. The beta program is open for Mate 9 users in the UK and the rest of Europe, and it’s best to sign up soon because the shutoff date to test the Oreo beta firmware is October 19th, as in tomorrow. Join us after the break for more details.
In order to join the Oreo beta program for the Mate 9, your Huawei account needs to be linked to a UK or EU ID, and in the UK at least, your handset has to carry one of the following build numbers: MHA-L29BC432B194 or MHA-L09BC432B194.
- First, you’ll need to navigate to this Huawei site to download the Friendly User Test (Beta) app. Once installed, agree to the Beta User Agreement and then log in to the app with your Huawei ID.
- Tap the Join Project option and you’ll be faced with the appropriate choice of beta.
- Select the resulting notification and you should be informed that you have joined the beta program.
Now it’s just a case of waiting for the test firmware to roll out via OTA, which considering that the beta program is scheduled to end on November 3rd, means a relatively short wait. The UK beta program has the capacity for up to 50 participants while the European beta can accommodate up to 250 users. At this point, it’s important to remember that if you depend on your Mate 9 for important tasks, then you should probably give the beta program a miss and rather wait for the final release.
If your Mate 9 is eligible to take part in the Oreo beta program, remember to give Huawei your feedback on the test firmware or else there’s no real point in running the beta program.