Huawei reveals flagship P9 won't be receiving Android Oreo update

Huawei reveals flagship P9 won't be receiving Android Oreo update
Earlier this year, Huawei released the Android Oreo beta for a number of its previous flagship smartphones such as the Huawei Mate 8 and its Huawei P9 line. Now, though, according to an email sent out by Huawei Support UK, it appears the Chinese brand has canceled the update for the Huawei P9.

The device, which launched back in 2016 with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, has already received one major Android update to version 7.0 Nougat. Despite this, however, it seems Huawei has ultimately decided that its smartphone isn’t capable of running the latest version of the operating system, stating that the hardware limitations may lead to issues such as “system built-in function failure, device freezing, and power consumption increase.”

Considering Huawei released the Oreo beta for the device, it’s certainly surprising to see the company backtrack at such a late stage in the development. Nevertheless, it remains unclear if the Huawei P9 Plus or Huawei P9 Lite will receive the update. Taking into account the email listed hardware limitations as the main issue, though, these two devices shouldn’t be expected to receive the update either.

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Posts: 945; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Dick move from Huawei.

2. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

It came with G5, S7 and X Perf. It should have 8.0 already.

24. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They have no reason not to update it The device is definitely on par with their midrangers

3. AbhiD

Posts: 856; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

What can one even expect from a brand like Huawei/Honor ? They are amongst the worst when it's about updates. With that seriously heavy skin atop android, i wonder if even treble will be able to help them at all ! I trust Samsung more than Huawei when it's about updates for flagship devices which says a lot. Only hardware doesn't make a phone. It's HW+SW.

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

You don't seem to know much. Just my opinion.

4. Sparkxster

Posts: 1245; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Huawei needs to step up their software support. Take a page from LG and make a software upgrade center.

13. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

LG? Hah!

5. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Only OnePlus in China gives better updates.

10. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

True, but if you want regular updates with OnePlus, you need to be part of their beta program.

6. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

King updates Sony and nokia

7. Whitedot

Posts: 866; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Huawei, of course they have resources to do so but I guess they become lazy after releavent success and decided, oh well, who cares? Just buy a new phone. That is surprising after the official commitment to work harder on software.

9. toukale

Posts: 668; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Why would Huawei continue to invest resources into something that will provide them no further revenue. The only company who benefits after the hardware sale is Google, with ads, apps and services, no one else. Put yourself in Huawei and you are the Ceo, how can you justify those resources and expense? Updates all comes down to money, nothing more, nothing less.

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

You act like you support Huawei.

16. toukale

Posts: 668; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

No, I am just pointing out the obvious for those who thinks its a big conspiracy when it's all about green. Huawei is a hardware company and companies will always optimize/invest in things that will generate them more money. Anyone who expects otherwise are foolish or don't want to deal with reality

18. Whitedot

Posts: 866; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Because it's common practice. While some OEM's are total retards others maintain their device software for long time. It makes sense because gives consumers sense of security and care and benefits OEM in the long run. Surely it costs money no one is saying it's for free but it's consumer right to demand and OEM decency to fulfil they promise. Take Apple, Google, Sony, Xiaomi for updating they devices. Furthermore how can you defend someone the does not fulfill its promise? Strange point of view.

19. toukale

Posts: 668; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

@Whitedot - what promise? The only promise is the year manufacture warranty that comes standard for every device. There is no such thing as software updates promise or law. Apple is the only oem providing 5 year supports, Google only provides 2 years of software updates. If Google is only providing two years of software supports when they make money after the hardware sales in the form of ads and apps 30% cut, never mind the other guys, that is not even making any. You guys can try to close your eyes and ears to the reality and scream "bloody murder", but that is not going to change.

20. Whitedot

Posts: 866; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Promise on Oreo update. People buy less and less phones because its too expensive to upgrade every 2 years let alone 1 year upgrade cycle. That practice of minimum software updates is dying. It costs less to maintain software than blow budget on inovation, new design and top notch hardware. Mind you Google Pixel 2 provides 3 years of software updates. LG just announce they are refocusing they time and effort on software. Article just been posted on PA. There is one thing Androod OEMs have to learn from Apple which is long and timely updates. No law but when OEM makes announcement as part of the keynote or go public about software timetables and eligibility you better stick to your plan. Simple.

26. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Excellent post Whitedot. I've tried to explain all this to toukale but he's like a drunk fanboy for huawei. Not accepting anything other than what he thinks is right. Just look at his post no.8

22. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Wrong. Xiaomi supports their phones for 5 years+ and also make money from services and software. Huawei just can't be bothered. My P10 just got Oreo last month and my son's P9 has been on Nougat forever. My Mix2 will likely be updated long after I sell it.

23. Whitedot

Posts: 866; Member since: Sep 26, 2017


8. toukale

Posts: 668; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

When are people going to learn there is no incentives for android oem's to provide updates. Those guys makes money only on the hardware, when they sell you a device. Google is the one who extract all the software, apps and ads money, not even Samsung have been able to make money outside of their hardware. Apple can support ios devices for 5 years because they still make money from those devices on services and apps, something every vendor wish they could do. Google have successfully turn all those android vendors into dumb hardware vendors with no incentives to provide any future updates. Why support devices you already sold, and no way of making further revenue from those users? As a business it makes no sense to continue to supporting users past a year. Its the single biggest reason why updates on Android will always be lacking.

15. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

It's our right to get software updates. If you love these brands so much for not providing you updates then stay like that. But don't tell us they shouldn't provide us updates bcoz they don't see any incentive in doing so.

17. toukale

Posts: 668; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Lol, your right! don't make me laugh. Last I check there is no law on the books demanding such things. So keep telling yourself its your right instead of coming to terms with the whole situation.

25. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

There are laws in certain countries that tell brands to provide updates. Plus Google wants OEMs to do the same. And some brands do promise atleast 2 years of software updates but then backtrack. Lile Huawei now and Oneplus in the past with their 3 and 3t. All of this proves we must recieve 2 years of software updates. Of course, you can happy without one. But most of us won't.

27. Fellwalker

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

The incentive is that if they are bad at software updates, punters will vote with their wallet and change brand. I have a Huawei Mate 9 and whilst it is an excellent phone, I am annoyed that it has not yet got Oreo in the UK, and much worse that it is still on the November 2017 security patch level. I seen chatted with them last week and they still have no idea when they will provide the update. I will think twice before buying Huawei again.

28. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Don't think twice. I won't buy another Huawei after using a Xiaomi (Note 3 and Mix2) and Huawei P10 side by side for the last 18 months. Monthly updates and better software on the Xiaomi plus far better battery life on the Xiaomi's too.

11. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I have the same experience with my old P8 although I no longer use it now. But it seems that this is an internal policy of Huawei that only one major OS update will be given to their Flagship phones. That phone is still snappy until now compared to S6 because the update was nicely done. I think it is much better than having a lot of updates just to fix the bugs. What is important is the security patches considering that there was no significant changes from Nougat to Oreo.

21. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Well that makes me reconsider about Huawei

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