Huawei P Smart(+) Pie update news: Android 9 beta rolling out in China; Feb patch rolling out for stable version

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March 15, 2019: A new EMUI 8.0.0.185 update is rolling out to the Chinese variant of the Huawei P Smart with model numbers FIG-AL00, FIG-AL10, FIG-TL00, and FIG-TL10. The airborne update is staggered, which means some units will receive the OTA download notification ahead of others.

We also expect the global P Smart to get this update with February 2019 patches pretty soon, although it might come with a slightly different EMUI version.

For those already trialing EMUI 9.0 beta on the P Smart in China, there is also a new update to version 9.0.1.103, which installs a bunch of bug fixes and optimizations. The changelog is in Chinese, but we were able to translate it, as seen in the screengrabs below.

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January 29, 2019: If you own a variant of the Huawei P Smart with any of the model numbers FIG-AL00, FIG-AL10, FIG-TL00, and FIG-TL10, you can submit your interest to join EMUI 9.0 beta program that grants you early access to Android 9 Pie. These model numbers are for Chinese variants, where the device goes by the name Huawei Enjoy 7S.

We don’t know when the global availability of Pie will begin for the P Smart, but with what’s happening in China, we could see the OS arrive in its stable form in early Q2 2019, if not late Q1, although the latter is unlikely.

There are only 2000 slots available and to qualify, your device must be using EMUI 8.0.0.180, so be sure to double check this before submitting your registration.


Original article below:

Huawei P Smart was unveiled towards the end of 2017 in China, where it goes by the name Huawei Enjoy 7S. It took the company up to August 2018 to bring the Huawei P Smart+, a superior variant of the late 2017 release. This device sells in India and other markets as Huawei Nova 3i.

These devices, like other midrange phones from Huawei, are bound to receive regular software updates from the company to keep them performing to the best levels and on this page, we keep track of these updates, be it the smaller, monthly improvements or the major Android OS upgrades.

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Software update timeline

Huawei P Smart

Date EMUI & Android version (FIG) Changelog
15 Mar 2019 9.0.1.103 | Android 9 Installs Android 9 Pie beta with a new desktop mode, fixes for double-tap to wake screen bug, and general system optimizations
11 Mar 2019 8.0.0.185 | Android 8.0 February 2019 security update for models FIG-AL00, FIG-AL10, FIG-TL00, and FIG-TL10
22 Feb 2019 8.0.0.182 | Android 8.0 January 2019 security patch in China
29 Jan 2019 EMUI 9.0 | Android 9.0 Huawei begins registration into EMUI 9.0 beta program that brings Android 9 Pie to the Chinese variants FIG-AL00, FIG-AL10, FIG-TL00, and FIG-TL10
25 Dec 2018 8.0.0.180 December 2018 security patch, Users can now press the power button five times in a row to activate Emergency SOS, Fixes the issue where Find My Phone would occasionally fail at night, Prompts the user when a recording has been finished successfully and improves launch speed of mainstream apps
28 Sep 2018 8.0.0.178 | Android 8.0 September 2018 security update

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Date Software version (INE) Changelog
26 Jan 2019 9.0.1.150 | Android 9.0 The fourth Android 9 Pie beta in China. Improves calling quality and stability, optimization of text display along the edges, bug fixes for Taobao interface, fixes an issue in which exceptions are displayed in some cases, and multi-task interface split-screen buttons do not display under certain scenes
20 Dec 2018 8.2.0.131 | Android 8.1 EMUI 8.2.0.131 (C652CUSTC652D1) OTA with December 2018 security update
11 Dec 2018 9.0.1.59 | Android 9.0 Installs the first EMUI 9.0 beta based on Android 9 Pie in China
04 Dec 2018 EMUI 9.0 | Android 9.0 Huawei opens registration into EMUI 9.0 beta program that installs Android 9 Pie to the Chinese variant
16 Nov 2018 8.2.0.130 | Android 8.1 Installs EMUI 8.2.0.130 (C652CUSTC652D1) with November 2018 security patch

Android 9 Pie update

  • Both Huawei P Smart and P Smart+ are eligible for Pie update
  • Android 9 beta available for P Smart+ in China
  • Beta registration for P Smart ongoing

Huawei P Smart and P Smart+ come preinstalled with Android Oreo and thus eligible for an update to Android 9 Pie. The newer P Smart+ got the nod in early December 2018, where the Chinese variant of the device got EMUI 9.0 beta. As for the P Smart, the wait had to wait until late January 2019 for the beta registration to begin, with the OS expected to arrive in early Q2 2019.

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