Huawei opens applications for Android Q Beta testers

The update adds features that accommodate user demands for new entertainment experiences and novel use cases enabled by new device form factors such as foldables.

13 May 2019 | 12:45

  • Last update: 13 May 2019 | 12:45

BEIRUT: During Google I/O 2019, Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) announced a global Android Q Developer Recruitment drive for beta testers, running now through June 30. Developers are invited to try out the latest Android test build on HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro and contribute to optimizing and improving device compatibility of Android Q.

Interested developers may submit their applications on Huawei’s Friendly User Test (FUT) app with a HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro device. Once registered, developers may download the beta software via Huawei OTA, and are encouraged to submit feedback to Huawei throughout the test period.

Announced May 7 at Google I/O 2019, Android Q is the tenth major version of the popular smartphone platform. Designed with stronger protection for user privacy, the latest Android version introduces new security mechanisms and offers more granular controls over how data is shared between the operating system and apps.

Android Q imposes new restrictions on file access to prevent cross-app data collection. In addition, apps now require special permission to gain access to non-resettable device identifiers. Android Q-based devices also transmit randomized MAC addresses by default.

Most apps that are not in focus also lose access to users’ clipboards on Android Q, eliminating another avenue for potential leakage of sensitive data.

The update adds features that accommodate user demands for new entertainment experiences and novel use cases enabled by new device form factors such as foldables. It also natively supports a 5G framework in anticipation of the upcoming 5G-enabled smart devices slated to arrive later this year.

During the presentation, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro was listed as one of the initial devices to support the Android Q Beta. Following the beta testing period, the full HUAWEI Mate 20 Series will also be among the first to receive the new Android version once it is released.

In recent years, Huawei has been working closely with Google to improve the Android platform, sharing its experience in security and performance optimization from developing EMUI with Google for the benefit of all players in the industry.

The feedback Huawei receives from developers participating in the Android Q beta test will also be relayed to Google to accelerate the development of the software. ### About Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) is one of Huawei's three business groups, providing a range of products including mobile phones, wearables, tablets and laptops.

Huawei’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries, and are used by a third of the world’s population, ranking second in the world in mobile phone shipments in 2018 according to IDC.

Year on year growth was reflected in Huawei’s rise as a globally recognized premium brand. In 2018, Huawei was named number 48 on BrandZ’s Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands and number 79 in Forbes World’s Most Valuable Brands. Huawei spent US$13.23 billion on R&D in 2017, accounting for 14.9 percent of its total revenue.

According to IPSOS, Huawei's global brand awareness increased from 81% in 2016 to 86% in 2017. Its overseas brand consideration increased from 37% in 2016 to 44% in 2017.

According to EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard (2017): Huawei's R&D investment ranked No.6. As a leading technology company, Huawei invests a significant amount of its annual sales revenue to research and development efforts, and has established 14 research centers around the world.

Among these facilities is the Huawei Aesthetics Research Center in Paris. Huawei’s newest R&D center is the Max Berek Innovation Lab in Wetzler, Germany, where Huawei and Leica are jointly researching technologies to improve mobile device camera and image quality.

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