As of Huawei Ban, Google has still promised to provide the necessary security update to all of the existing devices for 3 months. Also, Google has promised to provide security patches for many more mid-range and high end devices too. Huawei has told recently that it is planning future software upgrades for 16 of its recent devices – which would include Huawei P30 and P30 Pro Android Q update. Support list for android Q beta includes Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.
A recent rumor has been surfaced about concern of recent devices not getting what they are promised. To clear this, Huawei in UK has posted a blog post to clear up issues many potential customers and users have been confused about, including whether Huawei’s devices will get the upcoming support and software updates from Google or Not. In that, Huawei stated that ‘it was confident’ that its smartphones would get access to future Android updates. Many of the Tech Blogger like GSMArena covered the news. When asked directly whether the brand could guarantee future Android Q updates for its top handsets, it told us: “All Huawei smartphones and tablets will continue to receive security patches and Android updates”
This dovetails well as Last week a pre-release build of EMUI 10 was shown off by folks over at XDA which revealed overhauled user interface and icons of new firmware. Additionally, new redesigned camera app with scene support and a new layout is in the works. There are also other minor tweaks like a redesigned EMUI logo and system menus appear more toned down.
We should be hearing more about EMUI 10 as stable beta builds start popping up in coming months.
Full list of devices Huawei submitted to Google for future update:
- P30 Pro and P30 and P30 Lite
- Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20
- PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 20 RS
- Mate 20 X and Mate 20 X (5G)
- P smart 2019, P smart+ 2019 and P smart Z
- P20 Pro and P20
- Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10
- PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 10
One thing that’s just a little off is the constant use of the word access, though. “Our most popular current devices, including the P30 series, will be able to access Android Q. “That could just be a translation issue, and means that the over the air upgrade to Android Q will land as expected for all Huawei’s top phones. However, even if Google locked Huawei out of android updates, like any brand Huawei users can still download Android Q, but only open source variant.
Or perhaps Huawei can use said open-source version of android, which is available to any brand but cutoff of the Google services, to create its own update for Android Q, but one that might not be identical to one users would receive if the software upgrade landed normally. (Similar to Its China Counterparts). Blog post also doesn’t share any details on what will happen after Android Q. As of ban, most likely scenario is of its own in-house secret OS i.e. Hongmeng OS or also called as Oak OS or Ark OS. Also, recent rumors suggests that Oak OS is about 60% faster than Android. More about the OS on upcoming post.
Huawei ban in US may continue to cause issues for those who have bought Android devices and expect to get solid software updates for a number of years afterwards. What’s also worth noting is that this is from UK side of Huawei, so there’s no guarantee these proposed updates will be available all over the world.
About Honor (Pun intended)
Additionally, we learned from a trusted source that Honor 20 series will also be getting the update. And lets hope that everything eventually works out for Huawei and Honor.