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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 P50 receiving new selfie and rear camera improvements

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Huawei P50 is known for its monstrous camera system that includes two large camera rings consisting of different lenses with various new capabilities. The camera system is largely enhanced with features and provides you with high-quality images with large pixel counts. Therefore, the Huawei P50 camera continues to get new improvements with the latest updates.

In the latest edition, Huawei has started to push a new software update for the Huawei P50 that brings important optimizations for the rear and front camera systems. This new update comes with HarmonyOS 2.0.1.166 and has an updated package size of 676MB.

According to the changelog, this new Huawei P50 camera update optimize

Camera:

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  • Optimize the photo effects in scenes such as AI Master Photographer.
  • Optimize the video shooting experience in some situations.

System:

  • Optimize system stability and the fluency of some scene operations.
  • Optimize the vibration effect in some situations.

Huawei P50 camera update

Last Update:

Last week, the Huawei P50 began receiving a new software update HarmonyOS 2.0.10.165 upgrading from 2.0.1.163. This update brought two update packages including the following:

Update Package 1:

  • Camera: Optimized AI photography photographic effect under masters such as the video shooting experience in some situations
  • System: Optimize system stability, operational fluency, and vibration effect in some situations

Update Package 2: 

  • This update optimizes the audio effects of some situations.

Huawei P50 is designed with a 6.5-inch OLED display producing 2700 x 1224p resolution. Furthermore, it offers 1.07 billion colors, a 90Hz refresh rate, a 1440Hz high frame rate, and a 300Hz touch sampling rate.

Moving to the hardware, the system is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 888 processor shipped with the HarmonyOS 2.1. In addition, the smartphone features a 4100mAH battery that supports 66W SuperCharge. However, its main highlight is the camera design and proficiency. It 13MP selfie camera alongside a rear triple camera system that includes

  • 50MP True Chroma Camera (Color, f/1.8 aperture)
  • 13MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2 aperture)
  • 12MP telephoto (f/3.4 aperture, OIS) with AF support

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Huawei P40 Series October 2021 update adds battery improvements and more [HarmonyOS]

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Huawei has started to rollout October 2021 update for P40 series devices. This update brings a bunch of new features including cross-device task center for the Huawei P40 consumers running the HarmonyOS operating system in China.

The Huawei P40 series October 2021 update package comes with the HarmonyOS version 2.0.0.209 and you must have to download an OTA package of over 1GB. Thereafter you can enjoy the latest features of this software upgrade.

This latest software version comes with new improvements for the service center, adds cross-device task manager, Celia keyboard, as well as improvement for the system stability to provide a seamless user experience across all of the devices.

Please note that this update is rolling out in batches and will be received gradually by the Huawei P40 series owners in China. On the other hand, the global P40 models are still running EMUI 11.

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Huawei P40 series adapted models:

  • P40 4G – ANA-AL00
  • P40 5G – ANA-AN00
  • P40 5G – ANA-TN00
  • P40 Pro 5G – ELS-AN00
  • P40 Pro 5G – ELS-TN00
  • P40 Pro+ 5G – ELS-AN10

Huawei P40 October 2021 update

Huawei P40 HarmonyOS 2.0.0.209 update changelog:

Service Center:

In the service center (swipe up from the edge of the left or bottom right corner of the screen to enter), a scene-based service combination is added on the “Discovery” tab. When added to the desktop, it can automatically adapt to a Service Widget and get similar services with one click.

Task Center:

Added cross-device task center feature. In the task center (you can enter from the bottom of the screen by swiping for a short pause), you can view and use the historical tasks of the same WLAN network and Huawei ID device (requires support for the task center), and transfer tasks to each other, etc. Management operations.

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Service Widget:

Added a Service widget for portrait clustering (up-slide gallery application icon, can be added to the desktop), you can rotate the photos of the selected person, click on the avatar to change the person, click on the photo to jump to the clustering album of the person.

Input:

Added a quick download icon for Celia Keyboard application (click to download and use), Celia smart keyboard can bring you a simple and safe input experience

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Smart Voice:

Optimize AI voice feature, wake up more sensitively

System:

Care for the elders, optimize basic experiences such as touch and volume, and add desktop icon magnification function. Optimize system power consumption in some scenarios.

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New Rope Skipping mode coming for Huawei Watch Fit with new update

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The Huawei Watch Fit series, which comes pre-installed with 96 exercises modes is getting a new rope skipping mode with the latest update. It’ll help the users in keeping track of their skipping counts without wasting a single breath on them.

To be mention, the recently launched Huawei Watch Fit New series has been compensated with the same feature last week. Now, it’s rolled out for the older series in the mainland. Huawei will gradually expand the new feature for global users soon.

According to the information, Huawei has initiated the 1.0.6.2 firmware that contains an update package size of 18.26MB. Speaking of the update log, it has added the rope skipping mode for the Huawei Watch Fit lineup and optimizes the system’s stability in addition.

Huawei Watch Fit Rope Skipping

How to Activate Rope Skipping Mode:

After installing the 1.0.6.2 version update, the users can find this new feature in the exercise interface. You just have to swipe up and down, then you can see this skipping count feature. You just have to set your goals and only focus on your skipping strategy, posture, and breathing. No need to divert your focus on the numbers, as you complete your goal, the smartwatch will automatically notify you.

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Watch Fit Rope Skipping

 

How to Download New Update:

You need to connect your smartwatch and smartphone and then open the Huawei Health App. Afterward, tap on the Device option and then select your device name (Huawei Watch Fit). Now, you have to select the latest firmware and follow the further procedure. You can repeat the same steps to install other updates as well.

Besides, there are some points you need to remember while installing this update-

  • Keep battery more than 20% of battery level in your smartphone and smartwatch
  • Make sure a stable connection between both devices
  • Don’t disturb the installation process in between
  • Use the latest version on Huawei Health App

(Souce: Ithome)

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