Android Oreo with EMUI 8.0 Now Available for the Chinese Huawei Mate 9
Over the past several months, we’ve seen quite a few OEMs roll out Android Oreo to their devices. It’s a pretty exclusive club at the moment, but it seems like more devices every day are getting Google’s latest and greatest. Case in point: A stable version of Android Oreo, based on EMUI 8.0, is now available for the Huawei Mate 9.
The Oreo update for the Mate 9 has been available in beta since since October, but it’s only recently gone public. The stable Oreo update is available for all four Chinese models of the Mate 9: The Mate 9 (MHA-AL00) Mate 9 Netcom Version (MHA-TL00), Mate 9 Pro (LON-AL00), and Mate 9 Porsche Edition. Keep in mind, though, that the update it’s not available over-the-air (OTA) at the moment — you’ll have to sideload it. Specifically, you’ll have to manually download it from the Mate 9’s Huawei Mobile Services application.
After updating, Mate 9 owners can look forward Oreo features such as picture-in-picture mode, password and username autofill, and battery-saving background task limits, along with EMUI 8.0 goodies like Smart Resolution, dual Bluetooth device connectivity, a Samsung DeX-like PC mode, Dynamic Wallpaper, navigation bar customizations, and more.
Unfortunately, folks carrying international variants of the Huawei Mate 9 will likely have to wait — the Oreo update’s not available outside of China. But given that Huawei promised to upgrade the entire Mate 9 lineup to Oreo before the end of the year, there’s a good chance it’ll roll out sooner than later.