Huawei P20 will be first to get EMUI 9-based Android Pie update
But you could get Android Pie now if you had an unlocked bootloader
Huawei still continues to do a pretty good job with software support for their flagship devices. The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro already came with the latest version of Android. Now, they have released their plans for upgrading these devices, including the lite version to Android Pie. The world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer told MyBroadband, the biggest tech site in South Africa, that the company will release updates for the devices from next month, starting with Huawei P20.
According to MyBroadband, the company will release Android Pie-based EMUI 9 at IFA in September. This strengthens our previous claim that the Mate 20 comes with EMUI 9 and Android 9 Pie, which will be released after Huawei announces the new version of the system. Huawei also mentioned working on developing “stable and powerful software” for its devices that users will receive as updates after the EMUI 9 upgrade. Huawei still hasn’t confirmed exactly which of their smartphones will receive Android 9.
It’s sad that the company decided to prevent users from unlocking the bootloaders, as Android Pie’s ported ROMs are already available for a handful of devices, including Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and this experimental Treble ROM for the Huawei P8 lite 2017. Had they allowed users to unlock bootloaders on their own devices, many of them would already be running Android 9. But we’ve already talked about their decision many times.
Android 9 Pie comes with features like gesture navigation, system-wide notch and display cutout support, very handy auto-rotation lock in the navigation bar, and many more goodies. It’s a great release and EMUI 9 should add a lot of other great features.