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
|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||184.108.40.206 | Android 9 Pie||Stable Android 9 Pie update with EMUI 9.0, for China only|
|13 Oct 2018||EMUI 220.127.116.11 | 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 18.104.22.1685 | Android 9.0||Installs Android 9 Pie beta on Indian variant (C675)|
|30 Sep 2018||EMUI 22.214.171.124 | Android 8.1||Full-screen navigation gestures, WeChat fingerprint payments, and more|
|14 Sep 2018||EMUI 126.96.36.1992 | Android 9||Android 9 Pie update (beta) released in Europe|
|12 Sep 2018||EMUI 188.8.131.52 | Android 8.1||Full-screen navigation gestures|
|10 Sep 2018||EMUI 184.108.40.206 | Android 8.1||September 2018 security patch, fixes for call recording issue, and installed 4D smart shock feature|
|24 Aug 2018||EMUI 220.127.116.11 | 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 18.104.22.168
- 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 22.214.171.124, 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 126.96.36.199.
Update [October 27, 2018]: EMUI 9 beta based on Android 9 Pie is now available in India as version 188.8.131.52 (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.
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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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