If you were a fan of the Huawei Mate 9, Huawei's flagship smartphone from November of last year, we've got some good news for you.

According to an unofficial blog known as Huawei Blog, Huawei is sending out invites to users of the Mate 9 for what it's calling a "friendly user test"; the same moniker it used for the testing of Android 7.0 Nougat on the Huawei P9. The obvious indication here, as the more astute readers would have figured out by now, is that Huawei is preparing to launch Android 8.0 Oreo for the Mate 9 as soon as possible.

The Mate 9, while not a tremendous head-turner of a smartphone, was a very respectable offering from the Chinese manufacturer; offering high end specs, a clean design, excellent battery life and a less intrusive version of Huawei's EMUI Android skin.

If you're a Mate 9 owner and want to try and get in on some of the fun, applying for the beta test programme is easy; download the Friendly User Test app from Huawei's website, launch the app, log in with your Huawei ID, and then choose which beta you want to join. They are looking for 250 beta testers for Android Oreo on the Mate 9, so if you want in on the programme you will need to act fast.

Seeing Huawei pilot a new Android update for the Mate 9 only a week before what is thought to be the launch event of the Mate 10 is definitely a very encouraging sign; demonstrating that Huawei is willing to commit to its line of devices long-term, and will maintain support with Android updates for at least the foreseeable future.

What do you guys think? Are you a Huawei Mate 9 owner? Will you be signing up for this beta? Let us know in the comments or post over in the forums with your thoughts.

via AP