Latest: Mate 9 Oreo firmware leak has revealed some of the features of the EMUI 6.0. Find them in the Mate 9’s update section below.
Huawei can make smartphones like Samsung, and it makes it own very capable processors too like Samsung. Moreover, only Huawei has a portfolio of Android devices that can challenge that of Samsung. But can Huawei also match the best performing OEM on Android on the software front too, with a timely release of Android 8.0 Oreo update? Well, if you look at Nougat rollout, Huawei actually did better than Samsung, even though by a slight but fair margin.
Which is why we are so hopeful of Huawei coming good with Android 8.0 too. Let’s have a look at Huawei Oreo update list, and expected release date for its eligible devices.
Huawei Android 8.0 Update List
Here’s a comprehensive Huawei Android Oreo 8.0 Release Date for devices that the company has launched recently.
|Device||Oreo Update||Expected Release Date|
|Huawei Enjoy 6||Not expected||—|
|Huawei Enjoy 6s||Not expected||—|
|Huawei G9 Plus||Not expected||—|
|Huawei Honor 5A||Not expected||—|
|Huawei Honor 5c||Not expected||—|
|Huawei Honor 6A||Not expected||—|
|Huawei Honor 6X||Not expected||—|
|Huawei Honor 8||Expected||Q2 2018|
|Huawei Honor 8 Pro||Expected||Q2 2018|
|Huawei Honor 9||Expected||January 2018|
|Huawei Honor Holly 2 Plus||Not expected||—|
|Huawei Honor Holly 3||Not expected||—|
|Huawei Honor Magic||Expected||Q1 2018|
|Huawei Honor Note 8||Not expected||—|
|Huawei Honor V8||Expected||Q2 2018|
|Huawei Honor V9 Play||Expected||Q1 2018|
|Huawei Mate 9||Expected||December 2017|
|Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design||Expected||December 2017|
|Huawei Mate 9 Pro||Expected||December 2017|
|Huawei Nova||Not expected||—|
|Huawei Nova 2||Expected||Q2 2018|
|Huawei Nova 2 plus||Expected||Q2 2018|
|Huawei Nova Plus||Not expected||—|
|Huawei P10||Expected||December 2017|
|Huawei P10 Lite||Expected||December 2017|
|Huawei P10 Plus||Expected||December 2017|
|Huawei P8 Lite (2017)||Expected||Q2 2018|
|Huawei P9||Expected||Q2 2018|
|Huawei P9 lite||Expected||Q2 2018|
|Huawei P9 lite mini||Expected||Q2 2018|
|Huawei P9 Plus||Expected||Q2 2018|
|Huawei Y3 (2017)||Not expected||—|
|Huawei Y3II||Not expected||—|
|Huawei Y5 (2017)||Not expected||—|
|Huawei Y5II||Not expected||—|
|Huawei Y6 (2017)||Not expected||—|
|Huawei Y6II Compact||Not expected||—|
|Huawei Y7||Expected||Q2 2018|
|Huawei Y7 Prime||Not expected||—|
Huawei Mate 9 Oreo update
Expected release date: December 2017
Released with Android 7.0, the Android 8.0 update for Mate 9 will be the first major update Huawei would push to the device in true sense. We’re not counting 7.1.1 as the major update here, for obvious reasons.
Huawei has a Mate 9 successor in the works, suitably dubbed as Mate 10, which will launch on October 16, 2017 with Android 8.0 pre-installed. This also means that, at this moment, Huawei already have a Oreo build ready with them, all tweaked up with EMUI 6.0 (Nougat has EMUI 5.0), ready to be adjusted for other devices, like the Mate 9.
This basically means that Huawei won’t have to work from ground-up to come up with an Android 8.0 build for Mate 9, which makes it easy for them to release the OTA in near future, We won’t be surprised to see the Mate 9 Oreo OTA becoming available by October-end to mid-November.
A successful launch of Mate 9 Android 8.0 beta update would be followed up release of stable Oreo download, once the bugs and issues brought up by users in the beta version of the 8.0 update are fixed. Hence, we can expect the Mate 9 to receive its official update by mid-December 2017.
We expect Huawei to begin the Oreo rollout in China first. So much that all the testing builds under the beta channel would be coming out in China only, and only when a stable build is released in Huawei’s homeland, Mate 9 users in other countries would see the Oreo update notification.
Huawei Mate 9 Pro Oreo (also Mate 9 Porsche edition)
BTW, this is not only about the standard Mate 9 with flat-screen, this also applies to Huawei Mate 9 Pro, and Huawei Mate 9 Porsche edition.
Huawei Mate 9 Lite Oreo
About Huawei mate 9 Lite though, well, that’s another ball game. The Mate 9 lite users would have to wait until the end of Q1 2018 we guess, before the Android 8.0 update arrives for their device.
Update [October 02, 2017]: Big news! An Android 8.0 update for the Mate 9 has seemingly leaked out. Check out the screenshots from the leaked Mate 9 Oreo software build here. It’s not available download yet, but even if it does, we highly doubt it will have the type of stability to make you install it. Though, with this news, it seems the Mate 9 Oreo beta isn’t very far. Let’s hope Huawei announces the Android 8.0 Oreo beta registration program within weeks now.
Update [October 07, 2017]: A thorough analysis of the Mate 9 Oreo update that was leaked few days ago revealed some new features we can expect on with the 8.0.0 update. It was revealed that Oreo update update from Huawei comes with EMUI 6.0, which has a new option called ‘Screen resolution‘ in Settings app that would let you choose the resolution of the device — you can lower it to to preserve battery juice and thus increase battery life. There was a similar option called smart resolution available, but this new option lets you decide the resolution rather than let system adjust it automatically.
More changes brought by EMUI 6.0 include addition of extra button on the navigation bar, tapping on which lets you hide the bar, which would stay hidden and give you full display for use until you bring it back up by swiping from under the display. Huawei is also bringing some more gestures with the Oreo, and it’s been labeled as Navigation Dock, enabling which gets you a floating button, swiping on which does things we use navigation bar. So, you can get rid of the navigation bar, and just swipe up from the dock button to reach home screen, swipe down for notification panel, while swipe left or right to get to Overview screen (recent apps). Nice!
There is also support for Project Treble, as well as substratum themes (without root, in case you’re wondering). Well, if this has got you excited about the EMUI 6.0 and Huawei Oreo rollout for your device, you are not alone as our hands are itching too to try this one.
Read: Android 8.0 update list
Huawei P10 Oreo update
Expected release date: December 2017
Last year, Huawei was quick to release the 7.0 OTA for its P9 sets. On the same lines, we think Huawei won’t waste much time before it’s able to bring to its users all features Oreo offers. While there is good possibility of Huawei giving the Oreo treatment to Mate 9 first, it cannot be deemed a given.
It’s very much possible that an EMUI 6.0 build running atop the Android 8.0 code becomes available for the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus alongside Mate 9 8.0 OTA, or even weeks before it. In that case, think of Mate 9’s Oreo update hitting some sort of delay, rather than P10 getting its Oreo treat earlier than mid-December timeline we’ve marked for the Mate 9.
All in all, things will become a lot clearer once Huawei starts its beta registration program for its EMUI 6.0 update, which would run Oreo underneath its puckish exterior we call custom skin. We expect Huawei would come out with dates too for each of its flagship device as to when the registration starts, including details on first batch, second and third one, with more users added to Oreo beta program under each successive beta testing, in typical Huawei fashion.
One can safely bet on China being the first country where Huawei would launch its Oreo beta program, and makes beta builds available as an OTA for download.
Huawei P10 Plus Oreo
Well, the big brother of the P10, the Huawei P10 Plus should get the Android 8.0 by the same time Huawei has one ready for the P10. The launch should be simultaneous for both these Huawei sets, so everything we said above for the p10 also applies to the P10 Plus, who shall have its own registration program to beta Oreo launch to stable release of the 8.0 software running side-by-side.
Honor 9 Oreo update
Expected release date: January 2018
The Honor 9 is a definite candidate for Android Oreo. The device should receive it soon after Huawei is finished rolling out 8.0 for the Mate 9 and Huawei P10 sets.
A beta Oreo update could arrive for the Honor 9 sometime in November, which could take a month of testing.
Once Oreo beta update is fixed with whatever issues that are found in testing, Huawei would roll out the status version of its Oreo update for all users worldwide, sometime in January 2018.
Honor 8 Oreo update
Expected release date: early Q2 2018
Huawei wasn’t very quick to roll out 7.0 for the Honor 8, but unlike Samsung, it wasn’t very late to the party either.
Expect Huawei to release the Honor 8 Oreo in W2 2018, although it should be in the month of April 2018 itself, and not at the far end of the quarter.
Honor 8 Pro Oreo
The Honor 8 pro is powered by a different processor than the Honor 8, and this required a new job on the EMUI 6.0 powered Oreo update that Huawei would release for the device. Its Oreo launch timing should be around the same time as Honor 8, give or take 2-3 weeks.
Honor 8 Lite Oreo
Expect the Android 8.0 support to arrive first on Honor 8 and 8 Pro, followed by Honor 8 Lite, which could see its Android 8.0 release along with Nova series of handsets.
Huawei Nova 2
Expected release date: Q2 2018
Huawei mid-range offerings in Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus are quite popular in some regions of the earth.
We expect Huawei to start rolling out the Nova 2 Oreo update sometime in Q2 2018. We don’t think Huawei would have a beta program for Nova 2, as by that time they would have successfully released the EMUI 6.0-cum-Oreo update for a bunch of devices, mostly those mentioned above.
So, Huawei would already have already fixed the small bugs that could be the part of initial Oreo releases, and would be able to roll out the Android 8.0 for Nova 2 under stable channel directly. That is helpful to users too, who can be confused by true release of the update when it only hits beta release for selected users.
Huawei Nova 2 Plus Oreo
The Nova 2 Plus should get its 8.0 OS software in Q2 2018 too. That may seem late, but given the large portfolio of devices Huawei operates, it’s easy to imagine that this is fair timing. Take Samsung for example, whose Galaxy J, A and C series sets are still on the process of receiving Nougat update, even when Oreo is out, and Nougat is good 14 months old now.
Huawei Nova 2 Lite Oreo
Expect the Nova 2 Lite Android smartphones around the world get a taste of Android 8.0 update sometime in Q2 2018-end, or early Q3 2018.
Huawei P9 Oreo update
Expected release date: Q2 2018
Huawei P9 was one of the few devices among the hundreds of Android devices to be given the 7.0 OTA. Though, an year’s time changes a lot of things, and with the launch of Huawei P10 and P10 Plus, the P9 series will take a step back in terms of fastest Android OS release.
The Android 8.0 support for Huawei P9 shall arrive, but it won’t be that soon. Huawei has a bunch of devices under its Oreo roadmap it would prefer to rollout the 8.0 OTA for, like the Mate 9, P10 and P10 Plus, Honor 9, etc.
By the time Huawei is able to prepare and release an 8.0 build for the P9, we think it would be April-May 2018. So, a Q2 2018 timing seems appropriate guess at this moment, until Huawei reveals its Oreo plans officially, which would give a far better picture.
Huawei P9 Plus Oreo
P9 Plus users would have to wait for the Oreo support too. There are good number of devices ahead in the line leading the Huawei Oreo update roadmap, and as such, the 8.0 for P9 Plus would take some time. As said above for the P9, expect Huawei to release the Android 8.0 for P9 Plus in early Q2 2018.
Huawei P9 lite and Huawei P9 Lite Mini Oreo
We have to wait for an official confirmation from Huawei confirming that they plan to release the Android 8.0 for P9 Lite and P9 Lite Mini. Because these are low-end devices, which usually get only one major software upgrade which these two have already had in Nougat, chances are more than not that both the P9 Lite and P9 Lite Mini won’t receive Oreo update.
Huawei P8 Oreo update
Expected release date: Not eligible
Huawei did well to upgrade the software on Huawei P8 to Android 7.0 Nougat in timely manner, but when it comes to Oreo for P8, time has run out for the device.
We really do not expect Huawei, or any other OEM for that matter, to upgrade any of its 2015 launch to Oreo.
Unless Huawei specifically confirms that they plan to release the Android 8.0 for P8, we think the P8 users will have to live with Nougat as their last Android OS upgrade.
Huawei P8 Lite Oreo
P8 Lite too is a 2015 launch, and thus, like the P8 itself, not a candidate for Oreo.
Huawei Honor 7X Oreo update
Expected release date: Q2 2018
The company is set to announce its Honor 7X handset in China on October 11. The device is expected to launch with Android 7.1.1 pre-installed, which is alright even though we know that they plan to release the Mate 10 (flagship device) on October 16 with Android 8.0 on-board.
Though, expect Huawei to provide timely Android 8.0 upgrade to Honor 7X. As the Honor 7X is a low-end device in the Huawei’s portfolio, its Oreo wouldn’t be prioritized like that of Mate 9, P10, Honor 8, etc.
In spite of that, though, the Honor 7X should get its Android version upped to 8.0.0 sometime in Q2 2018.
Huawei Honor 6X Oreo update
Expected release date: Not eligible/ Q3 2018.
Launched with Android 6.0.1 on-board, the Honor 6X received its first major update in Android 7.0. Some brutal truth be spoken, Android devices in the price range where Honor 6X sells, do not generally receive two major Android OS updates.
Hence, we wouldn’t be surprised if Huawei doesn’t release the Android 8.0 for Honor 6X. But in case they do, it would be one awesome job.
Releasing Oreo for Honor 6X would also give prospective buyers of Honor 7X confidence that their purchase would also see a day in Android P, which should be released by Google in October 2018.
In case Huawei releases the Oreo for Honor 6X, expect it to hit your 6X sets sometime in Q3 2018.
Huawei Y3, Y5 and Y7 Oreo
The Huawei Y series that comprises the Y3, y5 and y7 handsets is one meant for the budget smartphone market. Android devices, not just from Huawei but any other Android OEM actually, do not see much Android OS love that involves jump in version.
The above is exactly why we are not sure the Y3 and Y5 and y7 sets are eligible for the Oreo update. At best, we think only the Y7 2017 edition could see an upgrade to Android 8.0. Yes, we don’t think even all 2017 edition in the Y series would get 8.0 support – in our books, the Y3 2017 and Y5 2017 stand very low chances of getting an official Android 8.0 OTA from Huawei.
All in all, while Huawei y7 2017 could be bestowed with Oreo, the Y3 2017, Y3 II, Y5 2017, Y5 II, Y6, Y6 II Compact, Y7 Prime etc. don’t look eligible for the Android 8.0.
How Oreo update would be released by Huawei
Huawei uses the beta program too for its major Android releases. So, expect the company to announce its Oreo beta registration program once they are done with Mate 10 release, which is where their minds should be fixated at the moment, as the device’s release is only few weeks away now.
They should be releasing the Oreo update in China first, which could easily be the only country where they announce the beta program too. Only for devices like Nova 2 Lite, or Huawei P9 Lite, and etc. devices, which are specific to country from the day they were launched, they could initiate the beta program in those particular countries. All major Android devices from Huawei could see their first Oreo rollout coming out live in China.
Huawei EMUI 6.0 update: What is it?
EMUI is the name of Huawei custom skin. Like Samsung’s is TouchWiz, okay, it’s called Samsung Experience now, or Xiaomi’s MIUI, Huawei calls it customization over stock Android that Google develops (and uses on Pixel sets), EMUI.
With Nougat, EMUI reached its version 5.0, which was a big improvement over the EMUI 4.0, and was lauded for its cut-down on extra stuff that was not required, and going down easy on aesthetics and usage.
The EMUI 6.0, which is Huawei’s design fork over Android 8.0 Oreo, is expected to launch with Mate 10. We expect Huawei to further slim down on customization and make its EMUI skin even easy to get used to, rather than bogging down users with not-so-required features that come into way rather than make way for easier use of the device.
New features in EMUI 6.0?
Huawei hasn’t previewed its EMUI 6.0 yet, but with the launch of Mate 10 – scheduled for October 16 – that should happen soon.
Keep watching this space for more about EMUI 6.0.
Do let us know what you think about Huawei’s software performance?
Which Huawei device do you own, and how much time you think Huawei would take to bring Android 8.0 for your device.