Huawei P9 and Huawei Mate 8 will be the first devices from the Chinese manufacturer to receive the latest update to Android 7.0 Nougat, the company has confirmed.
This confirmation comes after a string of speculations hit the web, with claims that the two flagships will be receiving Android 7.0 Nougat before the end of this year, especially since the company already has a device in the market that is based on the new OS – the Huawei Mate 9. Well, sorry for those who bought this idea, but Huawei has released a schedule that confirms the release date of the OS to its high-end Huawei P9 and Huawei Mate 8 handsets.
Apparently, those using these two phones will have to be patient until Q1 2017 before they can get a treat of Android 7.0 Nougat on their phones. One problem here is that the tech giant has not specified a date for this rollout, opting to remain cautious about the situation. As you all know, Q1 2017 will not end until March 2017, which means it is anywhere between January and March.
Surprisingly, Huawei P9 and Huawei Mate 8 will be the only devices to receive Android 7.0 Nougat update during this period. But it won’t be long before the likes of Huawei P9 Plus, Huawei P9 Lite and the Huawei Nova and Nova Plus start getting the same treat following the former’s update. The Chinese OEM notes that the new Android 7.0 Nougat will come as an EMUI 5.0 update, which is the company’s custom UI.
Apart from upping the OS version to Android 7.0 Nougat, the new EMUI 5.0 will also equip the updated devices with better security features alongside an efficient and user-friendly experience. The latter feature will see users of Huawei phones need only two or three taps to reach more than 90% of core services on the phone, something that might take the current version more than four taps.
Even though Huawei has confirmed Android 7.0 Nougat will be coming to the P9 series, the Mate 8 as well as Nova and Nova Plus, there is no word on whether or not last year’s Huawei P8 and Mate S will also make the cut. However, don’t be surprised if a separate update for these two came in somewhere along the way, probably in Q2 2016 or beyond. For now, enthusiastic Huawei P9 and Mate 8 users can jump to the new Android Nougat beta but be warned that this version is not stable and as such, you might experience bugs when using it.