Huawei Y9 Pie news and more: Android 9 beta arrives for both variants in China; Feb patch released for 2018 edition

Huawei Y9 2018

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March 15, 2019: A few days ago, the Y9 2019 received its first Android 9 beta update and today, the same is true for the 2018 edition, which is receiving EMUI 9.0.1.103. The update is targeting models FLA-AL10, FLA-AL20 and FLA-TL10 of the Y9 2018, which goes by the name Huawei Enjoy 8 Plus in China.

You must have submitted your registration into the beta program and have at least EMUI 8.0.0.181 installed on your device in order to qualify for the latest Pie beta.

March 11, 2019: Huawei is rolling out a new EMUI 8.0.0.181 update to the 2018 edition of the Y9 that installs a new Android security patch for February 2019. This device is also expected to get Android Pie, but for now, you’ll have to make do with Oreo.

The rollout has been confirmed for models FLA-AL10, FLA-AL20 and FLA-TL10. In order to receive the OTA download notification, your device must be installed with at least EMUI 8.0.0.175 or 8.0.0.178.

March 09, 2019: Nearly a month ago, Huawei started enrolling Y9 2019 users into Android 9 Pie beta program in China, where the device is known as Huawei Enjoy 9 Plus. Today, the first EMUI 9.0 based beta update is rolling out to successful applicants. You must be on EMUI 8.2.0.185 to receive the latest Pie beta, which is arriving as EMUI 9.0.1.157.

Also, the update is limited to Y9 2019 variants with model numbers JKM-AL00, JKM-AL00a, JKM-AL00b, and JKM-TL00.


Original article below:

Huawei’s budget Y series is quite popular and it grew even bigger in 2018 with the addition of the Huawei Y9 2018. This device also goes by the name Huawei Enjoy 8 Plus in China and has received a successor in the shape of Huawei Y9 2019.

On this page, we bring you all the latest news about the Huawei Y9 2018 and Y9 2019 software updates, both minor and major, alongside their changelogs and release dates. This page will also (occasionally) cover unofficial software updates for the Y9 series and to ensure only the latest info is available, we’ll keep on updating the post whenever new software updates show up.

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Software update timeline

Huawei Y9 2019

Date Software version Changelog
07 Mar 2019 9.0.1.157 | Android 9 Installs EMUI 9.0 beta based on Android 9 Pie in China for models JKM-AL00, JKM-AL00a, JKM-AL00b, and JKM-TL00. This is the first public beta
20 Feb 2019 9.0.1.155 | Android 9 A second Android Pie internal beta build with new Android security patch and bug fixes
17 Jan 2019 9.0.1.63 | Android 9.0 Installs EMUI 9 beta based on Android 9 Pie for models JKM-AL00, JKM-AL00a, JKM-AL00b, and JKM-TL00. The update is available for a limited set of units

Huawei Y9 2018

Date EMUI & Android OS version Changelog
15 Mar 2019 9.0.1.103 | Android 9 Installs the first public beta version of Android 9 Pie to the Chinese variants of the phone
11 Mar 2019 8.0.0.181 | Android 8.0 February 2019 security patch
13 Feb 2019 9.0.1.42 | Android 9 Installs first EMUI 9.0 beta based on Android 9 Pie for models FLA-AL10, FLA-AL20, and FLA-TL10 in China
29 Jan 2019 EMUI 9.0 | Android 9.0 Android 9 Pie beta testing is  now open for registration in China, where the Y9 2018 goes by the name Huawei Enjoy 8 Plus
21 Dec 2018 8.0.0.175 | Android 8.0 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 8.0.0.172 | Android 8.0 September 2018 security patch, Adds support for WeChat fingerprint payment, Adds Gestures to the system navigation options, Adds fun GIF effects and text stickers to Camera in AR lens mode, and users can now select a sound source (microphone, system, or none) for recording.
19 July 2018 8.0.0.168 | Android 8.0 Adds support for Huawei GPU Turbo acceleration technology, Adds Maintenance mode to HiCare, Automatically keeps photos deleted in third-party apps in Recently deleted, and more

Huawei Y9 Android 9 Pie update

  • Both 2018 and 2019 models are eligible for an update to Android 9 Pie
  • Beta testing ongoing in China

Huawei Y9 2018 is the first of its kind and it comes preinstalled with Android 8.0 Oreo – and so does its successor, the Y9 2019. This means that in addition to coming with Google’s Project Treble support, the duo is also likely to receive an update to Android 9 Pie quite early.

Well, it’s happening as the two are already eligible to try EMUI 9.0 beta, but only for their Chinese variants. In China, the Y9 2018 is known as Huawei Enjoy 8 Plus while the Y9 2019 goes by the name Enjoy 9 Plus.

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It remains to be seen how Project Treble will aid Huawei Y9 duo, but given how effective this initiative turns out heavily depends on the smartphone vendor’s willingness to roll out swift updates coupled with the fact that the Y9 2018 and Y9 2019 are budget devices could see us wait until Q2 or maybe Q3 2019 for Android 9 Pie update to arrive.

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