Honor Play Pie update: Android 9 based EMUI 9 OTA now available; AR gesture rolling out as

Honor Play Android 9 Pie

Huawei Honor Play is one of the most popular phones because it’s an affordable, yet highly capable smartphone, an approach that has propelled the Honor series into one very popular smartphone brand. Due to its popularity, everyone wants to know what Huawei has in store with respect to the Honor Play’s software updates, be it major or minor updates – something this post is here to tackle.

So, without further ado, let’s dig in.


Honor Play update timeline

Date Software version Changelog
14 Nov 2018 8.2.140 | Android 8.1 Oreo Brings support for animations through hand gestures for the AR gesture support for the AR lens feature in the camera app, October security fixes
10 Nov 2018 | Android 9 Pie Stable Android 9 Pie update with EMUI 9.0, for China only
13 Oct 2018 EMUI | Android 9.0 Installs Android 9 Pie beta on Asian-Pacific (C636), Middle East (C185), and European (C432) variants; OTA began rolling out in India on 27 October 2018
13 Oct 2018 EMUI | Android 9.0 Installs Android 9 Pie beta on Indian variant (C675)
30 Sep 2018 EMUI | Android 8.1 Full-screen navigation gestures, WeChat fingerprint payments, and more
14 Sep 2018 EMUI | Android 9 Android 9 Pie update (beta) released in Europe
12 Sep 2018 EMUI | Android 8.1 Full-screen navigation gestures
10 Sep 2018 EMUI | Android 8.1 September 2018 security patch, fixes for call recording issue, and installed 4D smart shock feature
24 Aug 2018 EMUI | Android 8.1 Added GPU Turbo technology and August 2018 security patch

Honor Play Android 9 Pie update

  • Android 9 Pie stable available in China as
  • Pie beta now rolling in India and Europe

Update [Nov 14]: A new OTA update based on Android 8.1 Oreo is now available for the Honor Play handsets in India (at least) that brings AR gesture support for AR lens feature in the camera app, thus enabling the animations based on the hand gestures. Available as software version, the update also brings the October security fixes.


Update [Nov 13]: At the beginning of November, Huawei started rolling out the stable EMUI 9 update based on Android 9 Pie to Honor Play in China and as of November 10th, the wider rollout of the OS in the country is ongoing. The update has software version EMUI

Update [October 27, 2018]: EMUI 9 beta based on Android 9 Pie is now available in India as version (C675E3R1P9log). The OTA update weighs a massive 3.09GB, so be sure that you have a stable Wi-Fi connection.


Huawei Honor Play is already eligible for an update to Android 9 Pie, but this is currently still in beta. In mid-September, a false alarm triggered joy in the Honor Play camp as we mistakenly thought Huawei had kicked off the official stable rollout, only to realize that it was just another beta update. Nonetheless, we expect the stable update to Pie to arrive somewhere in November or early December 2018.



GPU Turbo

Honor Play users in China are receiving the second iteration of GPU Turbo technology that comes with optimizations for 8 new games and improves system response by over 25%. The new EMUI 9 update also installs a Digital Balance app that mimics the Digital Wellbeing feature by Google and HiVision that also mimics another of Google’s features, the Google Lens.


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Sharing a love-hate relationship with Biotechnology in college, Husain moved on to his true calling of being a tech geek through and through. While briefly being persuaded by the iPhone, he made it back to the Android camp with the OnePlus One and has been a loyal comrade since.