Early this month, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro entered the Android Q Beta program, only to be dropped two weeks later due to the trade ban imposed on its maker by the US. Now the flagship has been reinstated by Google, restoring back a glimpse of hope to Huawei owners that they might receive the major software update in time.
Last Friday Google erased all traces of Huawei phones on its database – Android, Android Enterprise, and Android Q Beta. We are yet to see any of them return to the first of two platforms. When Huawei began recruiting participants, it was limited to Google Play app developers from Central and Eastern Europe. Builds should be issued every Tuesday and Thursday until June 30.
It is really interesting to see how this unfolds. Google lifted its ban on devices from the manufacturer for 90 days, but unless the trade war between the two biggest economies is resolved, Huawei is expected to wait for the sunshine patiently. To cover any losses, executives in Shenzhen say there is an in-house OS in development, but it will hardly solve all problems.