we found it to be a bit lackluster when we reviewed it back in October. One of our main cons with the handset had to do with the software it was running - that being EMUI 4.1 based off of Android Marshmallow. EMUI 4.1 is definitely one of our least favorite Android skins out there, but Huawei looks to be refining the Nova's overall software experience in the near future. Huawei Nova units in China can now be enrolled in the company's software beta program that will allow them to be updated to EMUI 5.0 that's based off of Android 7.0 Nougat.The Huawei Nova is a good, if somewhat boring midranger that was released this year, and although it isn't necessarily a bad purchase,
Huawei's update to Android Nougat 7.0/EMUI 5.0 on the Mate 9 resolved a lot of the major pain points we've had with Huawei's custom software skin in the past, and although we aren't sure if the update for the Nova will be exactly like the one on the Mate 9, we certainly hope that this is the case. It might not be perfect, but it's definitely Huawei's best take on Android yet.
The firmware version for the Nougat update on the Nova is B321, and although it's currently limited to China, it'll hopefully make its way over to other countries sometime soon.