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Huawei P9 and P9 Plus getting new software update, preparing for HarmonyOS upgrade? [Updated]

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Update: August 17, 2021:

This update is now expanding to Huawei P9 models in China.

August 2, 2021:

Surprisingly, a new software update for its older P9 and P9 Plus smartphones. This firmware installs the January 2021 security patch and adds some new features to the device. This software for the P9 devices also brings stability to the system for a better user experience.

This update for Huawei P9 and P9 Plus installs new applications, optimizes search features on the home screen, improves system stability, adds new apps shortcuts. To be mentioned, this new firmware also improves system security with patches released in January 2021.

Both the P9 and P9 Plus are the two of Huawei’s oldest smartphones, launched way back in 2016. This flagship uses the first-ever Leica dual-camera system. The P9 lineup launched with pre-installed EMUI 4 based on Android 6. Currently, they operate on EMUI 8.0 and getting new security improvements.

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This is a bit surprising for the users as the P9 series recently completed its five years of launch. Even after, Huawei has not forgotten them and released a new security patch. It’s not just the security improvements, there are some new feature add-ons as well.

The rollout is currently limited to the Chinese user but there are a number of assumptions that we can make. One of these suggests that the P9 devices could also be preparing for the HarmonyOS 2.0. However, the device is not listed under the current HarmonyOS 2 rollout roadmap but who knows what may happen next.

Note: Software update is currently rolling out for Chinese users. While the global rollout is not yet confirmed.

Huawei P9 update changelog

What’s New:

This update for Huawei P9 and P9 Plus installs new applications, optimizes search features on the home screen, improves system stability, adds new apps shortcuts. To be mentioned, this new firmware also improves system security with patches released in January 2021.

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Changelog:

Applications:

  • Added a popular recommendation folder on the desktop to intelligently recommend popular and selected applications for you. Add a quick download icon for the Education Center and the Link Now application. Click to download and use it directly.

System:

  • Optimize the smart search function, pull down from the desktop to quickly enter, search for local or online content
  • Optimize the system stability of some scenes

Apps

  • Delete the original preset AutoNavi map and WPS applications (some models), if necessary Please go to the application market to download (if you have updated the application, it will not be deleted)

Security:

  • Integrates security patches released in January 2021.

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Things to remember 

  • Before updating, make sure your phone is not root.
  • The update will arrive via OTA.
  • It is rolling out in batches and may take time to reach your device.
  • Maintain enough battery and storage before installing.
  • Do take a backup of your important data, just in case.

How to check for updates

Download via Settings

  • Open Settings
  • Then navigate to System
  • Software update
  • Check for updates
  • If arrived, click Download and install
  • Open Support app

Download via Support app

  • Service tab
  • Then select Update
  • Click on Check for Updates
  • If arrived, then tap Download and install

Most of Deng Li's smartphones are from the Huawei ecosystem and his first Huawei phone was Ascend Mate 2 (4G). As a tech enthusiast, he keeps exploring new technologies and inspects them closely. Apart from the technology world, he takes care of his garden.

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Huawei MatePad 11 receiving stylus improvement update [Global]

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Huawei MatePad 11 is now receiving a new software update in the global market. This update installs new improvements for the performance and for the stylus user experience. Also, the latest MatePad 11 update also comes with system stability improvements.

According to Huaweiblog, The latest Huawei MatePad 11 stylus improvement update comes with HarmonyOS 2.0 version 2.0.0.191 and an update package size of 718 megabytes. The upgrade will take some time to download and install.

Huawei MatePad 11 users can get this software rollout via system Settings. There are a few things to remember including the maintenance of optimum storage to store the downloaded update package and backup important data.

Previously, the MatePad 11 global users received an August 2021 security patch, improvements for Audio effects, improvement for the display. Furthermore, the update installed a quick download shortcut for Celia Keyboard to the home screen. The app can be downloaded by tapping the shortcut. (Note: If the setting for Auto-update of apps in AppGallery is set to On or Wi-Fi only, app updates will be downloaded and installed automatically when the network connection is good.)

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Huawei MatePad 11:

Huawei MatePad 11 is powered by the Snapdragon 865 processor including 1 x Cortex-A77 Based 2.84 GHz + 3 x Cortex-A77 Based 2.4 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 Based 1.8 GHz and Adreno 650, 587 Mhz. This tab sports a 10.95-inch display with an 86 percent screen-to-body ratio, WQXGA 2560 x 1600 pixels screen resolution, and 120Hz refresh rate for a smooth UI and viewing experience.

The tablet doesn’t disappoint its consumers and brings a new 13MP (f/1.8 aperture, Autofocus) rear camera that can shoot up to 4k videos. There’s also an 8MP front-facing camera to take selfies.

Huawei MatePad 11 packs a 7250 mAh battery that supports 22.5W quick charging. Moreover, It’s one of the first Huawei tablets that comes with the HarmonyOS 2 operating system pre-installed with features such as a new user interface and better user experience as compared to the EMUI software system.

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Huawei P20 global users gets July 2021 security update

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Huawei is releasing a new software update for the global consumers of the P20 device. This latest software rollout brings July 2021 security patch and comes with EMUI 10 version 10.0.0.192. The July 2021 Huawei P20 security update is currently rolling out in Europe and may expand to more models soon. (via Huaweiblog)

Huawei P20 and P20 Pro are eligible to receive HarmonyOS 2.0 operating system upgrades in China. However, Huawei has not confirmed any such treatment for global users.

Coming back to this software update, the latest Huawei P20 series update is available to download via the following instructions. Visit, Settings > System & updates > Software update > CHECK FOR UPDATES. If an update is available for your model, click on “download and install” and the update package will be download.

However, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind while upgrading to the latest Huawei P20 July 2021 update. First, backup your important data, so you won’t lose any of it. Although, the upgrade procedure won’t erase your date but it’s recommended.

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Maintain enough storage on your device to store the update package, and keep the phone charged sufficiently, so it won’t run out of power during the installation procedure.

Huawei P20 July 2021 update

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Huawei P20:

Launched in 2018, Huawei P20 and P20 Pro sports new AI-powered photography features. The Pro model is the first smartphone in the world to come with a triple camera system. In terms of software, Huawei P20 and P20 Pro come with EMUI 8.1 and after a number of major upgrades, the software version reached EMUI 10 (Android 10).

 

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The latest rollout for the Huawei P20 lineup shows that the company still wants to keep the device study and provide better security as well as stable performance. Furthermore, this may be a step towards the global HarmonyOS opening? However, we’ll have to wait for more confirmation regarding this matter.

Until then, we’ll keep you posted.

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HarmonyOS Cross Device Task Center feature rolling out for Huawei P50 Pro

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Huawei is rolling out a new set of features for its latest flagship – Huawei P50 Pro. These new additions include the HarmonyOS cross device Task Center feature. According to the changelog, the update comes with HarmonyOS 2.0 version 2.0.0.206 and a downloadable OTA update package size of 609MB.

Initially, Huawei announced cross device task center feature at the launch of HarmonyOS 2.0 on June 2, 2021. As its name says, the task center app allows you to see and manage the task manager history of the connected device.

However, this feature is powered by the distributed HarmonyOS capabilities. Therefore, it provides you more than expected and helps you to share the current app between two different devices without even installing the app on the second device. More interestingly, you will be able to control the app from the second device, which is absolutely awesome.

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For instance, if you are running a game on your smartphone, you just need to go to the task manager of the phone and task manager view. Now, tap on the device (such as a tablet) to run the corresponding app. However, the user must first need to connect the tablet and the phone via the same WiFi network and Huawei ID.

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Similarly, another task can also be handled by the task center such as viewing documents on a tablet for a bigger view, without even installing any additional app.

Other Changes in this update:

Looking at the details, the latest Huawei P50 Pro update also brings a new situation-based service combination and added automatic service widget customizations as well as new one-click access to similar services.

It also adds a new Celia Keyboard for a better typing experience and there are also new optimizations for the camera to improve the overall photography experience.

HarmonyOS Task Center Update for Huawei P50 Pro

Expansion:

With this rollout, it’s expected that Huawei will further expand this feature on other HarmonyOS devices with an OTA update.

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