If you’re wondering “when will my Huawei phone get Android 9 Pie?” we’re here to help. Google released the Android Pie update back in August with tons of new features, and it’s about to hit multiple Huawei phones very soon. We’ll provide information about what to expect, what’s new, betas, and when the update might arrive. Including Honor Android 9 updates.
While Huawei didn’t participate in the Android P Dev Preview we’re expecting Android Pie updates faster than usual. Plus, Huawei recently shared its upgrade plans and made a huge announcement on Twitter. Here’s what you need to know and what Huawei Android Pie updates are available now.
Will My Huawei Phone Get Android Pie?
While we’ve heard from several manufacturers like OnePlus, LG, and Motorola regarding Android 9 Pie updates, Huawei isn’t saying much. Until they make a more official announcement, we don’t know what devices will get the update, or when. For now, all we know is that while the P20 and a few devices already have Pie, the phones below are getting it next.
- Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Porsche Design
- Mate RS
- Huawei P20, P20 Pro
- Honor Play
- Honor 10, Honor View 10
And while this list is relatively small, it’s only the beginning. Again, these are under internal testing already, beta programs, and some even arrived in November. Huawei officially confirmed a global release of Android 9 Pie for all of those phones is coming “very soon” if it hasn’t already.
Next, look for Android 9 Pie updates for the Honor 10, Honor V10 and the Honor Play in the coming weeks, or early 2019. Fido recently hinted at the P20 update. We’re already seeing Android Pie for the Huawei MediaPad M5, too.
Huawei Android Pie Update Release Date
As we’ve seen in prior years, Huawei is pretty quick to software updates. The first one so far is the Huawei Mate 10 Pro Android Pie release in Europe as of September 30th. All other devices are still a complete mystery. We know a bunch of phones will get a slice of Pie before the end of the year, but most will arrive in 2019.
Basically, high-end devices like the P20 Pro or Mate 10 Pro are first on the list to software upgrades. Then, they’ll slowly work down internal lists to other popular phones like the Honor 8. The next update will likely be the Huawei P20 Pro before the end of November.
Google recently added something known as Project Treble to Android, which should help manufacturers like Huawei release updates faster than prior years. This could be the first sign of it. So while we’re expecting fast updates, don’t be surprised if some arrive in late 2018 or early 2019.
Huawei Android 9 Pie Beta
Right now we have no information regarding a potential Android P or Android 9 Pie beta for Huawei smartphones. Well, aside from the fact that they’re internally testing the devices we mentioned earlier and started a few betas in September. That said, we believe both Huawei and Honor will release beta versions for its most popular devices.
We saw a small beta program for devices like the P20 Pro and Mate 10, but most of them weren’t available to the public. At some point, we could see Huawei open access to regular customers but we’ll have to wait and see.
What’s New in Android 9 Pie
Android 9 Pie is Google’s best, fastest, smartest version of Android yet. Whether that’s tools to make life easier like auto-fill, or AI to preserve battery life. New features that you can use to do more with your phone. Users will enjoy bundled and smarter notifications, auto-fill improvements, and tons of “smart” features and controls. Not to mention new gesture navigation, digital wellbeing options, Google Assistant improvements, themes, dark modes, and support for the notch on a bunch of Huawei phones. That’s on top of the usual performance and battery life changes.
As you know, Huawei puts a skin over stock Android, like Samsung. And while that skin adds extra features or controls, it also slows down the update process. That’s because they have to blend both versions into one. Project Treble will help alleviate that slow process, but not until next year. So, expect a lot of these features and a few new ones once Huawei gets around to it. That’s on top of the usual software and performance improvements, bug fixes, and new or exciting features from Huawei.
Final Thoughts & What’s Next
In closing, we want to remind Huawei owners that this will likely be a slow process, especially if you have a device in the United States. Google pushes the software out, then manufacturers have to get it ready for multiple devices. And while Huawei is surprisingly rolling EMUI 9 out to multiple devices all at once, we still don’t have an exact date. Meaning that while some of you will get Android 9 Pie in 2018, others will be waiting until 2019.
And while that’s both good and bad news, we want to set expectations for owners. We’re hoping Huawei shares more information or opens beta programs for more people in the United States and around the globe. As they do, we’ll let you know all the details right here.
If you have a phone that isn’t on the list above, don’t worry, as we expect to learn more in the first few months of 2019.
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