Huawei Mate 9 Update: Android O in the works, spotted as internal test build

Update [April 13, 2017]: A new version of EMUI running on top of Android O was spotted on the Huawei Mate 9. Before you get your hopes up, this is an internal test build, meaning it isn’t anywhere accessible to public users, at least for now. We know it is Android O from the screenshot showing Picture-in-Picture mode. Now that Android O is already in the works, we could expect Huawei to release the update pretty early on after the official release from Google.


Update [April 06, 2017]: The Huawei Mate 9 just received a huge update as software version MHA-L29C185B172. Weighing in at 511MB, the update is being rolled out over the air and features various system level optimizations in addition to dealing with known bugs and other problems.  If you haven’t already received the update, head over to Settings » About » System update and check manually.


Huawei Mate 9 is expected to start shipping this month with Android Nougat 7.0. This is great effort from the Chinese company when many of its well-known local competitors are still loading up their latest offerings with Marshmallow. But you may still be wondering what is next as regards the Huawei Mate P9 update, and how you can expect Huawei to deal with these.

Well, as the Mate 9 already ships with Android 7.0, the next big update for the device will be Android 7.1. The developer build of Android 7.1.1 are out for Nexus devices, and we expect the company, who made Nexus device last year in Nexus 6P, giving it good insight into updates while working with Google, to come up with Huawei P9 Android 7.1 update soon.

Huawei was expected to pre-install Android 7.0 on Mate 9 as they are also ROM rolling out the 7.0 build for Honor 8, while it leaked for the Huawei P9 too.

Huawei is shipping Android 7.0 with a skinned version of its own over stock Android build, called the EMUI 5.0 (or Emotion UI 5.0), on the Mate 9. On Nougat, you get many new features like, side menu in Settings, modified quick settings panel, direct quick reply from the notification shade and many more performance enhancements.

These are all part of the Huawei Nougat build too, but may be customized in looks by Huawei to bring them in line with EMUI. Only the Nexus and Pixel devices run stock Android, while some OEMs like OnePlus and Motorola keep it stock, adding only minimal stuff of their own to the mix — which is why we’re pretty excited with OnePlus 3 Nougat update, and release of OnePlus 3T.

Huawei Mate 9 Android 7.1 update

Expected release date: February 2017.

Since the Huawei Mate 9 ships with Nougat 7.0 already, owners of the phone may not have to wait long for Android 7.1 update, that shipped with Google’s Pixel phones back in October, and is available for Nexus devices as 7.1.1.

We can optimistically expect Nougat 7.1 to be launched during Q1 2017. Most probably in February ’17.

There are loads of Nougat based updates being rolled out right now, especially in the last week. Here’s a gist to get you up date with them all.

While LG has managed to release a stable update to Nougat for the G5 and the V20 launched with Nougat, Huawei is catching up to the competition. Sony on the other hand is providing Nougat Beta for the Xperia X and Samsung has also joined the beta bandwagon for the Galaxy S7 Nougat Beta and S7 Edge Nougat Beta. We hope that by the end of December, the popular Android flagships get to see the day in Nougat, a trend which should continue in all Q1 and Q2 of 2017, given the large portfolio of Android devices.

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