Huawei P20 Pie update: EMUI 9.0.0.181 available with new AI functions, Jan 2019 patches, bug fixes and more

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January 17, 2019: According to a report by The Mobile Indian, Huawei is rolling out a new update to the P20 Pro that brings support for Widevine L1 technology needed to stream HD and HDR content from Netflix.

January 15, 2019: Huawei is rolling out a new update to its 2018 flagship P20 and P20 Pro handsets in China. The EMUI 9.0.0.181 update is rolling out over the air and while the changelog is in Chinese, we can still gather a few things here and there. Top of the list is the new Android security patch for January 2019 alongside 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 as well as plenty of other bug fixes and performance optimizations.

The update is rolling out for models EML-AL00 and EML-TL00 for the P20 and models CLT-AL00, CLT-AL01, CLT-AL00l, CLT-TL00, and CLT-TL01 for the P20 Pro. Its airborne, which means it may take a few days before it arrives on all units, so be patient. Also, it will require even more patience for those using either phone globally, but the update will for sure arrive.


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Huawei P20, P20 Pro and P20 Lite were announced in March this year, but of course, none from the trio will be available in the U.S. this time around, at least via official channels. Despite this, the Huawei P20 series is still a very popular family of handsets in other parts of the world. It is these markets that we are looking to cater for with this Huawei P20 update post, where you’ll find all that you need to know in regards to the trio’s software update news.

Software update timeline

To make following Huawei P20 series software update news easier, we have created a section for each handset with a table containing all details of the update, including the date, software version, download link (where possible), and the full changelog.

Huawei P20 update timeline

Date EMUI version & Android OS Changelog
15 Jan 2019 9.0.0.181 | 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
17 Dec 2018 9.0.0.167 | Android 9.0 December 2018 security patch
10 Nov 2018 9.0.0.125 | Android 9.0 Installs stable Android 9 Pie update in China
03 Oct 2018 9.0.0.108 | Android 9.0 Installs another Android 9 Pie beta update
21 Sep 2018 9.0.0.106 | Android 9.0 Another Android 9 Pie beta
08 Sep 2018 8.1.0.133 | Android 8.1 Installs September 2018 patch
15 June 2018 8.1.0.130 | Android 8.1 Installs June 2018 patch
31 May 2018 8.1.0.129 | Android 8.1 Installs May 2018 patch, Relocates HiCare from the Tools folder to home screen, Optimizes UI display in certain apps, Fixes issues where no sound could be heard when an incoming call is transferred from a fixed line to a mobile phone, renaming a newly taken photo would fail and Optimizes the group message feature.
11 May 2018 8.1.0.128 | Android 8.1 Installs March 2018 patch, Fixes an issue with the Translator app, and Optimizes the display of the status bar in certain scenarios.

Huawei P20 Pro update timeline

Date EMUI version & Android OS Changelog
15 Jan 2019 9.0.0.181 | 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
17 Dec 2018 9.0.0.167 | Android 9.0 December 2018 security patch
10 Nov 2018 9.0.0.125 | Android 9.0 Installs stable Android 9 Pie update in China
03 Oct 2018 9.0.0.108 | Android 9 Installs another Android 9 Pie beta update
21 Sep 2018 9.0.0.106 | Android 9 Another Android 9 Pie beta
10 Sep 2018 8.1.0.134 | Android 8.1 September 2018 security patch
22 Aug 2018 8.1.0.152(C432) | Android 8.1 July 2018 security patch, adds Huawei GPU Turbo technology, Game Suite app, bug fixes and performance improvements
14 June 2018 8.1.0.131 | Android 8.1 Installs June 2018 patch, optimizes power consumption, improves system performance and stability to smoothen, optimizes the wallpaper display, and fixes the issue with receiving calls using Google Assistant, and more
29 May 2018 8.1.0.129 | Android 8.1 Installs May 2018 patch and adds Google Smart Lock
11 May 2018 8.1.0.128 | Android 8.1 Installs March 2018 patch, Fixes an issue with the Translator app, and Optimizes the display of the status bar in certain scenarios.

Huawei P20 Lite update timeline

Date EMUI version & Android OS Changelog
10 Sep 2018 8.0.0.145 | Android 8.0 September 2018 security patch
7 June 2018 8.0.0.140 | Android 8.0 Installs June 2018 patch and adds AR Lens
24 May 2018 8.0.0.136 | Android 8.0 Improves the Face unlock success rate in dim light and the stability of Bluetooth connections
17 May 2018 8.0.0.122 | Android 8.0 Installs May 2018 patch, optimizes battery performance in high temperatures, Adds the AppGallery app, Optimizes the Bluetooth settings screen and full-screen display and power consumption and charging in certain scenarios.
21 April 2018 8.0.0.120 | Android 8.0 Installs April 2018 patch

Android 9 Pie update

  • Stable update available globally for P20 and P20 Pro
  • Update expected on P20 Lite in Q1 2019

A stable update to Android 9 Pie is now rolling out for users of the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro in China. The update is coming in as EMUI 9.0.0.125 and while the initial rollout was limited to a few handsets, the full rollout is ongoing, just as expected. For those using the Mate RS Porsche Design, the same update is also available for download over the air.

Beginning December 18, 2018, users of the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro can now download and install a stable version of Android 9 Pie wit EMUI 9.0 on top. As for the Huawei P20 Lite, we expect an update to Android 9 Pie to begin rolling out in early 2019.

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