Huawei Mate RS Pie update news and more: Jan 2019 security patch rolling out as EMUI

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January 15: Huawei is rolling out a new software update to the Mate RS Porsche Design. The EMUI update has been spotted in China and even though we have the full changelog with us, it is in Chinese.

When translated, we find that the update brings the latest Android security patch for January 2019, adds support for Bone ID, a feature that lets users of the Mate RS use their voice to unlock the device as well as make payments, adds voice commands to FlyPods Pro headsets, and fixes screen playback issues where it would occasionally turn black during multitasking. In the new update, you also find AI-based features like AI Smart Scheduling for a superior gaming experience.

The new update is airborne and has started off in China, meaning it will take time before all Mate RS units get the download notification. You can try nagging the software update button in the settings menu, but there is no guaranteed success with this method. The tried and proven method is waiting for the OTA notification, which should arrive pretty soon.

Original article below:

Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design was launched alongside the P20 and P20 Pro in early 2018 and continues to receive regular software updates together with the P20 duo.

On this page, we keep track of all the software updates that Huawei will be pushing to the Mate RS handset, be it minor security patches and bug fixes or major Android OS upgrades. The page also brings you all the latest software update news, both official and unofficial, as and when we get them.


Huawei Mate RS update timeline

Model Date EMUI version & Android OS Changelog
NEO-AL00 15 Jan 2019 | Android 9.0 January 2019 security patch, Adds Bone ID feature for unlocking the device, making payments, as well as controlling FlyPods Pro headsets using voice commands, fixes screen playback issues where it would occasionally turn black during multitasking, and installs AI-based features like AI Smart Scheduling for a superior gaming experience
NEO-AL00 17 Dec 2018 | Android 9.0 December 2018 security patch
NEO-L29 12 Dec 2018 | Android 9.0 EMUI (C721E5R1P9) update installs December 2018 security patch
NEO-AL00 06 Nov 2018 | Android 9.0 Installs EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9 Pie update in China
NEO-L29 12 Oct 2018 | Android 9.0 Installs EMUI beta (SP11C721E3R1P8log) based on Android 9 Pie

Huawei Mate RS Android 9 Pie update

  • Pie update available

The Mate RS, like the devices it launched with, has already received the update to EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9 Pie in China. Being a limited edition, not much has been out here regarding the global variants Pie release date, but the device should have already received the update alongside the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro.

Huawei Mare RS Android Q update

  • Eligible for Android Q update
  • Expected in Q4 2019

Being a flagship device means that Huawei Mate RS will also receive a second major OS upgrade to Android Q. When this will happen remains unknown, but with the P20 duo expected to get the update somewhere in Q4 2019, the Mate RS should also make the switch at around the same time.

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