Huawei debuts Android 9 Pie beta program for 9 smartphones

Huawei debuts Android 9 Pie beta program for 9 smartphones
Huawei promised to release Android 9 Pie updates for some of its high-end smartphones starting next week, but before doing that, the Chinese handset maker plans to test out these updates.

 According to Huawei, its new EMUI 9.0 interface based on Android 9 Pie will be officially unveiled later this week at IFA 2018. Also, the first smartphones to receive the update in September will be the Huawei P20 series, which consists of the P20, P20 Pro, and P20 Lite. The Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, and Mate 10 Lite will be next to get the update soon after the P20 series.

The rest of the phones that will receive Android 9 Pie update haven't been mentioned by Huawei, but the latest announcement reveals several others that are likely to get it at some point.

The handset maker kicked off an Android 9 Pie beta program for the following smartphones: Huawei Mate 10, Huawei Mate10 Porsche Design, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design, Huawei P20, Huawei P20 Pro, Honor 10, Honor V10, and Honor Play.

The beta testing program is limited to 1,500 participants and will only be launched in China where we expect the updates to be initially released. We believe this is just the first wave of phones to get Android 9 Pie updates, so we expect other Huawei and Honor smartphones to get it later on.

source: Weibo via AndroidPure

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17 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 1064; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

My mate 10 pro is ready.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Sucks that this is only in China, but I can understand why. Looking forward to receiving the final Android 9 version with EMUI 9.0 on my forthcoming Huawei Mate 10 Pro. I'll be receiving it today.

3. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Meanwhile, Note 9 will have the latest OS next year. Poor Sammy, can’t have the latest OS with their latest devices.

4. yalokiy

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

So much whine about samsung trolls and fanboys not giving ordinary users a breath on phonearena, but here you come.. Not a word about samsung in this article, yet you have to bash it here.

6. Venom

Posts: 3547; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Unfortunately so he isn't wrong. Samsung has to do better with their software updates if they are going to go the $1k route.

7. yalokiy

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

That's not the point. When somebody bashes apple in a non-apple article it's bad, but when somebody bashes samsung in a non-samsung article it's ok.

11. Venom

Posts: 3547; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I never said it was ok. I just said that what he said wasn't wrong.

5. Venom

Posts: 3547; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

That's rather unfortunate. I'm not sure why Samsung is lagging behind with updates. My Essential phone that I just ordered on sale is already on Pie. OEMs need to step up and do better with updates. Some are just now updating their devices to Marshmallow and it's a year old. Just unacceptable.

8. yalokiy

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

So you compare a company with just one phone that uses stock featureless android, a company that is NOT working on a new device, but just releasing updates to the only one (and yet their first pie release is full of bugs) to a company that supports hundreds of devices in different regions with ROM that has loads of additional features. It's fun living on the edge, but those android one devices (e.g. mi a1) and pixels with always the fastest updates have much more issues than the others. You don't have far to go to see this, just read phonearena news everyday. I would rather get less often but tested for months updates that are proved to be stable, than get poorly tested monthly updates with unexpected bugs on every corner.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree with you about the issues that both the Pixel line and the Essential Phone have been having. Essential Phone has been one totally botched launch, and the Pixel line has been one big beta release. First with the updates, and first with the plethora of issues.

13. Venom

Posts: 3547; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

The saying "it's best to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open your mouth and remove all doubt" definitely applies to you.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the guy that'a looking real stupid with his month open, lol.

12. Venom

Posts: 3547; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Let me clarify my point. When I say updates, I mean Android updates AND security updates. Yes, stuff happens and that's just the fact of the matter in the tech industry. Regardless which way it goes, you won't be able to please everyone. And yes, I am going to use that company that has one device to upgrade because it is unacceptable for OEMs to release expensive devices, but refuse to keep them updated. Even if they are testing version updates, security updates should not be something that lags behind. I have an unlocked 128gb S9+ that has yet to see either the July or August security update and that's unacceptable. Don't make excuses.

17. yalokiy

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Thanks for clarifying. Actually, I do agree that security updates should be monthly, or at least once in two months. Strangely, some branded models receive security updates much more often than unlocked versions.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, don't you mean Oreo? Marshmallow is almost three years old.

14. Venom

Posts: 3547; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Lol, so you agree despite the obvious mistake?

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, I'm just pointing out your lack of knowledge.

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