Huawei Reportedly Started Internal Testing of Android O on the Mate 9

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Google released Android O Developer Preview, last month, to give developers the platform to test their apps and services before the final version goes live. However, it seems like Chinese manufacturer, Huawei has taken up this opportunity to test Android O on its Huawei Mate 9 smartphone.

The report comes from XDA Developers forums, which has spotted an image of Huawei Mate 9 running Android O. Going by the report, it looks like some senior member on the XDA forum has got the access to test internal build of Android O on Huawei's Mate 9 phone.

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Regarding Android O's performance on the Mate 9, XDA wrote:

There are a few new things in the build such as a new files app and new developer options. But it is missing all language options apart from Chinese (Mandarin) and English and also does not feature a System Update app or eRecovery.

XDA has not revealed the name of the users who posted the images, but it did try to authenticate if the pictures are real or not. The folks at XDA, requested the uploader to share a photo of "About Page" of Android O running Huawei Mate 9 along with an image of the "Picture-in-Picture mode" in action. The uploader supplied the images asked by XDA, which somewhat authenticates the claim. Android O features like picture in picture seem to be working on the Mate 9.

Android O on Huawei Mate 9: Images

Huawei Mate 9 Android O
Huawei Mate 9 Android O

There are fair chances that someone internally linked with Huawei has deliberately posted these images to show how Huawei has already started testing Android O on the Mate 9. If all this is happening at Huawei, then we can expect the manufacturer to deliver Android O update faster than other makers. However, we do have our fair share of doubt as Huawei has never made it to the list of manufacturers who push quick updates.

The ROM used for the Mate 9 comes pre-rooted with SELinux set to permissive and it entails several issues that are not suitable for daily drivers. Anyway, Huawei has not yet spoken on the alleged images of the Mate 9. Also, Android O first needs to be completed by Google. The tech giant has not even revealed what the "O" stands for, yet. Oreo, anyone?

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