Huawei is the second leading Android smartphone vendor after Samsung, meaning just like its counterpart, what it chooses to do with software updates will determine how fast the new Android 9 Pie update arrives on eligible devices.
If you own any of Huawei’s smartphones or tablets and would like to know if and when your device will be upgraded to Android Pie, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we have details of Huawei Android 9 Pie update release date, what to expect when the OS arrives, the devices that are guaranteed to receive the update as well as some information that those whose devices aren’t featured in the table below will relish.
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|Device||Android Pie eligibility||Expected release date|
|P20||Eligible||Q3 2018 (Beta available)|
|P20 Pro||Eligible||Q3 2018 (Beta available)|
|P20 Lite||Eligible||Q1 2019|
|P10 Plus||Eligible||Q1 2019|
|Mate 10||Eligible||Q3 2018 (Beta available)|
|Mate 10 Pro||Eligible||Q3 2018 (Beta available)|
|Mate 10 Porsche||Eligible||Q3 2018 (Beta available)|
|Mate RS Porsche||Eligible||Q3 2018 (Beta available)|
|Mate 9||Eligible||Q4 2018|
|Mate 9 Pro||Eligible||Q4 2018|
|Mate 9 Porsche||Eligible||Q4 2018|
|Honor 10||Eligible||Q4 2018 (Beta available)|
|Honor View 10 (V10)||Eligible||Q4 2018 (Beta available)|
|Honor Note 10||Eligible||Q4 2018|
|Honor 9||Eligible||Q2 2019|
|Honor 9N (9i)||Eligible||Q1 2019|
|Honor 9 Lite||Eligible||Q1 2019|
|Honor Play||Eligible||Released on 14 September|
|Honor 8X||Eligible||Q1 2019|
|Honor 8X Max||Eligible||Q1 2019|
|Honor 8 Pro||Eligible||Q2 2019|
|Nova 3||Eligible||Q4 2018|
|Nova 3i (P Smart+)||Eligible||Q1 2019|
|Nova 2S||Eligible||Q4 2018|
|P Smart||Eligible||Q1 2019|
|Y7 Prime 2018||Unknown||—|
|Y7 Pro 2018||Unknown||—|
|Y5 Prime 2018||Unknown||—|
|MediaPad M5||Eligible||Q1 2019|
Huawei rolls out two major OS upgrades to its flagship phones in the Mate and P series, something we don’t expect to change with respect to Android Pie update. To guarantee yourself an update to Pie on your Huawei device, it must be one of the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, Mate 10 Porsche Design, P20, P20 Pro or the premium Mate RS Porsche Design. In fact, all of these devices, including the Honor 10, Honor V10, and Honor Play can already access EMUI 9 based on Android Pie following its announcement at the IFA 2018.
If your device isn’t any of the above and has Android Oreo running the show out of the box, you also stand a chance of getting an update to Android Pie at some point in future, however, this might not be true for entry-level devices like the Huawei Y3, Y5 and Y7 Prime 2018, all of which are based on Oreo out of the box.
Owners of premium Huawei Honor devices such as the Honor Nova 3 and Honor Note 10 can also be sure to receive the update to Android Pie, but the same cannot be said about the likes of Honor 7A, Honor 7C, and Honor 7S, yet they have Oreo out of the box.
- Android 9 released for Honor Play on September 14
- Huawei P20 and Mate 10 sets may receive next; before Sept-end probably
- Huawei Mate 20 may come pre-installed with Android Pie
Update [September 14]: The Android 9 Pie update is now available for the Honor Play handset. The update went live in Europe earlier today as version 220.127.116.112 and comes with the EMUI 9 custom skin of the company.
Last year, Huawei was among the first to release a device powered by Android Oreo out of the box – the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. The story will be the same this year with the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, but before then, the Huawei P20 will have already received the new Android 9 Pie update.
Huawei is said to be warming up for an event at the IFA 2018 event in Berlin during which it will launch the new EMUI 9 that is based on Android Pie. Reports say the software will first be availed to the Huawei P20 before making its way to the Mate 10 series and other premium phones, but of course, the initial release will be in beta.
Speaking of which, an early Android Pie beta has already been spotted in China and so far, only four devices have been reported to receive the update – P20, P20 Pro, Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. In short, this is likely to be the order in which the OS will be rolled out to the devices, although some may have to wait until late Q4 2018.
- Android Pie feature: Feature flags
- Android Pie feature: Digital Wellbeing
- Android Pie feature: App actions
Unofficial Android Pie update
Not all Huawei phones from the recent past will be upgraded to Android Pie, but as noted at the beginning, we have some information that will be relished by those who won’t get an official upgrade to Pie. We are talking about unofficial Android Pie update thanks to custom ROMs and high on the list is LineageOS.
A good number of Huawei phones are already supported on LineageOS 15.1 that is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. With the upcoming LineageOS 16 that will be based on Android 9 Pie, we expect even more Huawei phones to get support for the custom ROM especially now that Google Project Treble has made light work of the whole process.
This also means that more Treble-inspired custom ROMs will be ready from as early as Q3 2018, probably before the official Huawei Android 9 Pie update begins rolling out to some eligible devices.
Update [August 21, 2018]: The Treble ROM GSI for Android 9 Pie is now available. If you have a Huawei or Honor device with an unlocked bootloader, running EMUI 8.0, then most probably, you can install the unofficial Android 9 update already thanks to the Android 9 Pie GSI ROM (here).