PSA: We do understand the recent Huawei ban episode must have raised firmware update-related concerns for you as a Huawei/Honor phone user. While the final picture is still unclear, at least for another 3 months, Google will be working with Huawei. That means, the scheduled updates in the coming 90 days (starting May 20th) should be releasing as planned. But what after that, well, that depends on Huawei’s fate in the US.

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Huawei and their sub brand Honor have been quite transparent in sharing the schedule for Android 9.0 Pie’s (EMUI 9.0) roll out on compatible phones. The Chinese OEM has been actively addressing user queries and updating device owners about the change in plan through social media channel Twitter.

Take for example Honor 9N and 9 Lite, Pie roll out for which was earlier expected to happen by the end of June. But now, the company seems to have preponed Pie’s arrival on both devices. Going by their latest statements on the matter, the updates may be pushed out in May end instead on June.

Android 9.0 Pie logo

Here’s what Honor India recently said while reverting back to a Honor 9N user inquiring about Android Pie/EMUI 9.0 on Twitter:

our software team has confirmed the compatibility of device with Android Pie and expected to be released the final version of Android Pie in batches tentatively by the end of May’19

Huawei India’s response to a Honor 9N user

They said something similar while responding to a Honor 9 Lite user.

Huawei India’s response to a Honor 9 Lite user

So the wait for Honor 9N and 9 Lite users will hopefully end sometime by the end of this month.

Moving on, while Honor 8X already got to taste the much-awaited Pie a couple of months back, users of its predecessor Honor 7X are still waiting for Pie to land on their units.

For a quick refresher, powered by HiSilicon Kirin 659, Honor 7X was released in 2017. The phone originally came boxed with Android Nougat, EMUI 5.1, and was bumped to Android Oreo 8.1 last year. Since then, curious device owners have been inquiring when are they going to get Pie.

Honor 7X

While the company has been sharing a clear time frame regarding Pie’s arrival on other phones, in case of 7X they’ve been giving conflicting statements. Just last month, while reverting back to one of the users, Honor India said device compatibility has been confirmed.


However, a day later, to another user they informed the update is still under evaluation.


Cut to now, the company has given a clear time frame regarding the update’s arrival. Honor India recently informed a couple of 7X users that the Pie update is likely to roll out in batches by the end of July. Here’s what they said:

we expect to release the final version of EMUI 9.0 in batches tentatively by end of July 2019

Following are their complete statements/tweets:

Honor India’s recent statement regarding Pie’s roll out on Honor 7X

Along with that, to the same 7X inquirer, they also informed that beta enrollment for EMUI 9.0/ Android 9.0 Pie will begin soon. Here’s what they said:

BETA Version for EMUI 9.0 will be released shortly

Honor India shared information regarding Pie beta Program on 7X

So the clock’s ticking as we are already approaching the mid of May and Pie is likely to arrive on Honor 7X simetime by the end of this month. Here’s hoping the company lives up to their word and delivers EMUI 9.0/Android Pie on Honor 7X soon.

Rest assured, we are keeping a close tab on the matter and will update the story as and when the promised update gets live.

Update 1 (May 13)

Those of you who want to enroll in the beta test that begins on May 23, here is the link to download Beta.apk and join BETA Program (for Indian users only).

Update 2 (June 10)

Sticking to their words, the company has repeated that Honor 7X will get EMUI 9.0/Android Pie by July end.

Honor 7X Android Pie is expected to be released by the end of Jul’19.

Update 3 (June 19)

Honor 7X (also known as Huawei Mate SE in the US) is reportedly getting the pre-release beta update of EMUI 9.1, which is based on Android 9.0 Pie.


Take a look at this article for more info.

Update 4 (July 19)

Honor India has now updated that EMUI 9.1 for Honor 7X device is planned to be rolled out on July 30.

We would like to inform you that our software team has confirmed the compatibility of device with EMUI 9.1 and we will start rolling out the update in small batches tentatively by 30-Jul-19.

Update 5 (July 30)

EMUI 9.1 is now rolling out on Honor 7X. Complete story here.

NOTE 1: Though Android 9.0 Pie-based EMUI 9.0 has been preponed for both Honor 9N and 9 Lite, the same has been delayed for Huawei P20 Lite. While other devices from P20 series, P20 and P20 Pro were bumped to EMUI 9.0 in December last year, their lighter kin P20 Lite users were left longing.

EMUI 9.0/Android 9.0 Pie on Huawei phones

Back in April, Huawei India said EMUI 9 should be landing anytime on P20 Lite as the company plans to release it by month end.

Android Pie and expected to be released the final version of Android Pie in batches tentatively by end of Apr’19.

April ended and the update was no where to be seen. As for the latest development on the matter, a few days back, the company informed that Pie update for P20 Lite has been delayed and will be rolled out in June instead. Here’s what Huawei India said regarding the matter:

We regret to inform you that there is no beta program available for Huawei P20 Lite device. Meanwhile, expected to be released the final version of Android Pie tentatively by end of June 2019



NOTE 2: For more news and stories related to Huawei/Honor phones, interested users may head here.


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