EMUI 10 will ship with Google Play Services, beta now available for P30 Pro
Despite most of the tech world seemingly consigning Huawei to the dustbin of history thanks to its US ban, the company has started internal testing an Android Q-based EMUI 10 with Google Play Services. The early beta can be installed on the P30 Pro too and has been "confirmed to install, work and not break your phone" by a few people on XDA Developers privy to the build.
According to FunkyHuawei, which has posted the build, EMUI 10 has the full set of Google packages as previous versions of EMUI have. Some people have already flashed the build to their P30 Pro but have experienced mixed results. Brendan Arndt, who tweets as @wildlime and to whom all credit goes for the photos in this article, has reported EMUI 10 as having "really slinky performance. Maybe Q or something Huawei has done". By contrast, Max Weinbach of XDA Developers tweeted that it took "6 or 7 hours" and 7 attempts to get the build to boot.
Please note that there are bugs with this build, as is the case with beta versions of software. SafetyNet will not pass, for instance, while About Phone may show that you are running EMUI 9.1 instead of EMUI 10.
Looking at the initial photos of EMUI 10 reveals that Huawei has changed the OS' logo along with making adjustments to the default camera app and the Settings menu. Feel free to let us know in the comments if you notice anything we have missed.
So, what does this mean for Huawei? Unsurprisingly, it seems as though the company is hedging its bets with the OS that it will use on its smartphones going forwards. If the US rescinds its ban, then we may well see EMUI 10 being rolled out to the current crop of Huawei smartphones instead of the AOSP-based fork the company is reportedly working on.