Honor 9 Lite Pie update news and more: Another EMUI 9.0 beta and Feb 2019 patch available in China; support for ViLTE, gestures, and more rolling out in India

Honor 9 Lite

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March 15, 2019: A new update is seeding in China for the Honor 9 Lite with model numbers LLD-AL00, LLD-AL10, and LLD-TL10. The update is arriving as EMUI, bringing along a new Android security patch for February 2019 alongside other bugs fixes and improvements.

The OTA update will take time to reach all units and even maybe even longer to arrive in other markets across the globe.

If you are using this same variant but with EMUI 9.0 beta on board, a new update to EMUI is available too. However, you must have at least EMUI or installed on your device in order to qualify for the latest Pie beta.


February 19, 2019: The Honor 9 Lite is receiving a new update in India. The update tags along a number of goodies, beginning with a new security patch for January 2019. The update also adds support for ViLTE, a feature that lets Indian users of the device make video calls over LTE. This can be done natively from the device’s phone app.

The new Honor 9 Lite update also introduces gestures for navigation in line with the upcoming Android 9 Pie. You can find this feature under Settings – System – System Navigation. The update weighs 368MB and comes with two versions depending on your current version.

If your current EMUI version is, the incoming update has version For those currently on build, watch out for an OTA with version

Original article below:

Huawei Honor 9 Lite is by far one of the best budget smartphones of 2018. Heck, despite its early 2018 launch in India, the phone still holds a spot in our list of the best Android phones available on a budget and to maintain optimum performance, Huawei rolls out regular software updates to improve the security, fix bugs as well as introduce small, but nifty features to the device.

On this page, we help you keep track of these updates for the Honor 9 Lite as and when they are released and what they add to the device as well as provide some answers to one of the biggest questions regarding the Honor 9 Lite: When will Android 9 Pie update arrive?


Honor 9 Lite update timeline

Date EMUI and Android OS version Changelog
15 Mar 2019 | Android 9 A second Android 9 Pie beta with optimizations, bug fixes and system enhancements
13 Mar 2019 | Android 8.0 February 2019 security update, bug fixes, and system optimizations
19 Feb 2019 | Android 8.0 January 2019 security patch, ViLTE and gesture navigation support
13 Feb 2019 | Android 9 beta First EMUI 9.0 beta based on Android 9 Pie released for models LLD-AL00, LLD-AL10, and LLD-TL10
29 Jan 2019 Android 9.0 Huawei has opened the beta recruitment program into EMUI 9.0 beta based on Android 9 Pie in China for models LLD-AL00, LLD-AL10, and LLD-TL10. At least EMUI is needed to qualify for the Pie beta update
05 Dec 2018 | Android 8.0 November 2018 security patch
22 Oct 2018 | Android 8.0 September 2018 security patch
29 Sep 2018 | Android 8.0 Update 187  brings August 2018 security patch, GPU Turbo, fixes for call recording issue, and more
29 Sep 2018 | Android 8.0 September 2018 security update, WeChat payments using the fingerprint scanner, and bug fixes
29 Aug 2018 | Android 8.0 August 2018 security patch, GPU Turbo, fixes for call recording issue, and more
08 Aug 2018 | Android 8.0 July 2018 security update, Maintenance mode to HiCare, Automatically keeps photos deleted in third-party apps in Recently deleted, Improves the accuracy of identifying unknown numbers for improved call and message blocking, Optimizes the screen recording feature, and Optimizes the UI text display of certain filters when editing a picture
17 July 2018 | Android 8.0 Installs call recording feature, Party Mode APK, and fixes performance issues
20 June 2018 | Android 8.0 June 2018 security update
05 May 2018 | Android 8.0 May 2018 security update
26 March 2018 | Android 8.0 March 2018 security update
01 March 2018 | Android 8.0 February 2018 security update and adds AR lens in the camera app

Honor 9 Lite Android 9 Pie update

  • Android 9 Pie update expected in Q2 2019
  • Beta update available in China

The Honor 9 Lite (review) is one of the first budget phones to launch with Android 8.0 Oreo preinstalled. We don’t expect an update to Android 8.1, but we do know EMUI 9.0 is coming based on Android 9 Pie. In fact, those in China can already download and install the beta version, but only if you registered for the program.

Given that it runs Oreo out of the box, the Honor 9 Lite has Google’s Project Treble on board. It is possible this feature is behind this hurried rollout of the OS, which is the exact thing it was meant for.

Related: Huawei Android Pie update release news

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