Google released Android O first developer preview for the likes of Google Pixel XL and Nexus 6P, however, it appears that the maker of the latter device has already moved ahead of the competition to start testing the Nougat successor on the flagship Huawei Mate 9.
The Mate 9 was released towards the end of last year but it hit the American market early this year. The phone, according to the latest reports, is currently being used by the Chinese OEM for internal Android O preview tests.
If the report from XDA Developers is to be believed, the test build is still very young as at the time of this writing. Nonetheless, it’s enough to confirm that Huawei Mate 9 users may soon be open to joining a public beta channel for testing Android O on this phablet. Interestingly, a member of the XDA Developer forum has successfully installed the new OS on the Mate 9, however, the user further notes that this test build is pre-rooted.
The updated Huawei Mate 9, despite using the developer preview version, gets some new features such as Files app and new developer options. However, as expected from a first test build, not everything is in place. In short, this version of Android O is not what you’d want to have installed on your Huawei Mate 9, unless you have another phone to use as your daily driver.
The user of the Mate 9 has also posted some screenshots and even though they don’t reveal the OS version, one of them shows off the Picture-in-Picture mode feature in action. In case you didn’t know, this is a feature that is currently available on Android O only.
For now, we can’t tell when exactly the Huawei Mate 9 will be updated to Android O. In fact, Google hasn’t released a public beta version just yet, which means the phablet could be facing months of waiting before the OS finally arrives.