Recently, Chinese smartphone maker Huawei revealed that it plans to update its Mate 8, P9, and Nova series smartphones to the latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system by early next year. However, a new leak suggests the Mate 8 and P9 could start receiving the update later today, while the P9 Plus could receive the Nougat beta OTA update starting tomorrow.
In case of the Mate 8, the official stable Android 7.0 Nougat release will apparently arrive as software version B552. For the Huawei P9, the Nougat OTA will arrive as software version B352. As of now, it appears the Nougat update for both the Mate 8 and the P9 will start rolling out today in China and Philippines. It could spread to more regions soon, but no “confirmed” info regarding the same is available yet. In fact, there is a greater possibility that the international variants of the Huawei Mate 8 and the P9 will receive the same update only by early next year.
The Android Nougat update from Huawei also brings with it the manufacturer’s new EMUI 5.0 custom skin. Huawei claims the new version of its custom Android UI layer “significantly cuts down on the number of steps needed to achieve the desired function”. The main focus with the new EMUI 5.0 has been security, user friendliness, and greater efficiency. EMUI also adds the option of choosing between the standard layout and an app drawer. Profiles will be able to run in parallel as well, which will allow users to jump between their professional and personal lives effortlessly.
As confirmed earlier, the Android 7.0 Nougat update will be rolled out of the Huawei Mate 8, P9, P9 Plus, P9 Lite, nova, and nova Plus handsets. Some of the other more popular mid-range models have been left out by the manufacturer, but we still have some hope that Huawei will come out with a second list of eligible smartphones that will be getting updated to Android Nougat next year.