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 the 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 Eligibility||Expected Release Date|
|Honor Honor 7X||Eligible||Q1 2018|
|Huawei Honor 8||Not eligible||NA|
|Huawei Honor 8 Lite||Eligible||Q1 2018|
|Huawei Honor 8 Pro||Eligible||Released (India only)|
|Huawei Honor 9 Lite||Eligible||Q1 2018|
|Huawei Honor 9i||Eligible||Q1 2018|
|Huawei Honor 9 and V9||Eligible||Released (China only)|
|Huawei Honor Magic||Eligible||Q1 2018|
|Huawei Honor V8||Eligible||Q1 2018|
|Huawei Honor V9 Play||Eligible||Q1 2018|
|Huawei Honor View 10||Pre-installed||NA|
|Huawei Honor V10||Eligible||Q1 2018|
|Huawei Mate 9||Eligible||Released (China and the US)|
|Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design||Eligible||Released (China only)|
|Huawei Mate 9 Pro||Eligible||Released (China only)|
|Huawei Mate 10||Pre-installed||NA|
|Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design||Pre-installed||NA|
|Huawei Mate 10 Pro||Pre-installed||NA|
|Huawei Mate 10 Lite||Pre-installed||NA|
|Huawei nova 2||Eligible||Q2 2018|
|Huawei nova 2 plus||Eligible||Q2 2018|
|Huawei P10 Lite||Eligible||Q1 2018|
|Huawei P10 Plus||Eligible||Released|
|Huawei P8 Lite (2017)||Eligible||Q2 2018|
|Huawei P9||Eligible||Q2 2018|
|Huawei P9 lite||Eligible||Q2 2018|
|Huawei P9 lite mini||Eligible||Q2 2018|
|Huawei P9 Plus||Eligible||Q2 2018|
|Huawei Y7||Eligible||Q2 2018|
|Huawei Enjoy 6||Not eligible||—|
|Huawei Enjoy 6s||Not eligible||—|
|Huawei G9 Plus||Not eligible||—|
|Huawei Honor 5A||Not eligible||—|
|Huawei Honor 5c||Not eligible||—|
|Huawei Honor 6A||Not eligible||—|
|Huawei Honor 6X||Not eligible||—|
|Huawei Honor Holly 2 Plus||Not eligible||—|
|Huawei Honor Holly 3||Not eligible||—|
|Huawei Honor Note 8||Not eligible||—|
|Huawei nova||Not eligible||—|
|Huawei nova plus||Not eligible||—|
|Huawei Y3 (2017)||Not eligible||—|
|Huawei Y3II||Not eligible||—|
|Huawei Y5 (2017)||Not eligible||—|
|Huawei Y5II||Not eligible||—|
|Huawei Y6 (2017)||Not eligible||—|
|Huawei Y6II Compact||Not eligible||—|
|Huawei Y7 Prime||Not eligible||—|
Huawei Mate 9 Oreo update
Released on December 07, 2017, in China. Released in the US on 31st January 2018.
Update [January 31, 2018]: A report from Droid-Life reveals that the Oreo update is now available in the US for Huawei Mate 9 users. The OTA is rolling out as version B360, and brings the EMUI 8.0 upgrade with it, too. The model no. of the Mate 9 handsets that are eligible for this update is MHA-L29C675.
Update [December 09, 2017]: Huawei has released the Oreo update for the public in its home country, China, for the Mate 9 sets and that includes Mate 9, Mate 9 Pro, and 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.
Read: Android 8.0 update list
Honor 7X Oreo update
Expected release date: February 2018
Huawei recently confirmed that they plan to roll out Oreo update for the Honor 7X. And that’s not the only interesting update they have in plans for the device: They would soon release an OTA update carrying the ‘Face Unlock’ feature, that would allow 7X users to unlock the device using their Face as the ID.
Huawei P10 Oreo and P10 Plus Oreo update
Released as a beta on January 08, 2017, in Europe. Already available in China.
Update [January 08, 2018]: Huawei P10 users in Europe has a beta Oreo update available now.
Honor 9 and Honor 9i Oreo update
Released on December 07, 2017, in China. Global release expected in January 2018.
Update [January 13, 2018]: Oreo for the Honor 9i has been confirmed by Huawei. It should be released sometime in Q1 2018.
Honor 8 Oreo update
Expected release date: Not eligible, apparently!
Update [January 16, 2018]: There is a bummer! Honor India today denied the Honor 8 users a deserved Android Oreo update. They didn’t give us a lot of info on the why side of this, because the below is all they said:
we can understand your concern. However, we regret to inform you that Honor 8 is not compatible for Android Oreo update due to hardware and software limitations. We always work for our customers and we are really glad to have you as an Honor customer. Inconvenience is regretted.
— Honor India (@HiHonorIndia) January 15, 2018
So, there must be some sort of hardware inside the Honor 8 that’s causing the issue, which could be its incompatibility in the Oreo code. Let’s see how this turns out to be because we are sure many Honor 8 users would get furious because of this, one being us among them.
Note: Though, Huawei would push out EMUI 8.0 based on Android 7.1.1 for the device so that users get the new features from Huawei that are part of the EMUI 8.0 OS that usually comes with Android 8.0 update.
Update [January 05, 2018]: The rollout of the Honor 8 Pro Oreo update has begun at least in one country, India, as confirmed by the users.
Update [December 11, 2017]: Huawei has confirmed that they would release the Android Oreo for their Honor 8 and Honor 8 Pro, two amazing devices that made the mid-range segment of Android phone very attractive this year. Sure, we expected Huawei to give us Oreo on these handsets anyway, but it’s good to hear it officially.
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
Oreo update for the Honor 8 Pro has been confirmed by the company. It should arrive in Q3 2018.
Honor 8 Lite Oreo
Oreo update for the Honor 8 Lite has been confirmed by the company. It should arrive in Q3 2018.
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.
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 in 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 roll out 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 a 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 a timely manner, but when it comes to Oreo for P8, the 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 onboard, 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 a 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 a 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 the 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.