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Huawei Watch GT 2 March 2021 update brings new system improvements

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Back in 2019, Huawei added a new device to its smartwatch series, Huawei Watch GT 2 with two variants 46mm and 42mm. Talking about its specification, it comes with a 1.2-inches OLED display, 5ATM water resistance, support Bluetooth v5.1, and GPS. Also, it offers two weeks of battery life and can store about 500 songs in its storage.

In the previous update, this wearable got support for displaying more types of data on Watch faces, 7-day weather forecast, and improves system stability to enhance the users’ experience and overall device.

Now, Huawei is pushing a new software update for its Watch GT 2 46mm variant. This update brings the optimization for system stability that helps the device to run more stable.

On the other hand, the Watch GT 2 can also be used as a remote control aside from showing time and assisting. Users can capture the pictures and also change music directly from their wrists. (learn more)

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What’s New in this update:

New Version: Huawei Watch GT 2 receiving new firmware version 1.0.11.38 with update size of 21.26MB.

Changelog: Optimizes system stability

HOW TO UPDATE WATCH GT 2:

Connect the watch to your phone using the Huawei Health app, open the app, touch Devices, touch the device name, choose Firmware update, then follow the onscreen instructions to update your watch if there are any new updates.

Points to know:

  1. The update progress in the app is just for transferring the update package, it still needs to be installed on the watch for the update to complete.
  2. The watch needs to have at least 20% battery to update.
  3. Make sure the Bluetooth connection is stable during the update. Try again if the update fails.

Read more:

Huawei Band 6 and Band 6 Pro launching soon by skipping Band 5, a new Watch FIT is also coming

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Huawei Maimang 9 and Enjoy Z all users upgrading to HarmonyOS 2

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Huawei Maimang 9 and Enjoy Z all smartphone users start upgrading over Huawei’s own HarmonyOS 2.0 operating system in China. After installation, these device users can experience the new features offered by HarmonyOS 2.

On July 21, Huawei announced the third phase of stable HarmonyOS 2 rollout for a batch of 27 devices including Maimang 9 and Enjoy Z 5G. At that time, the rollout is early stage so it is taking to reach all eligible devices.

Now, all the Maimang 9 and Enjoy Z smartphone owners running HarmonyOS 2.0 beta or EMUI 10.1 version can directly install the HarmonyOS 2.0 on their respective devices.

Huawei Enjoy Z

HarmonyOS 2.0 operating system comes with quite impressive features such as Super Device, which allows users to control multiple devices with one. App Guard prevents risky apps from being installed and helps to secure the running environment of the entire operating system and more.

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Stable HarmonyOS 2.0 version:

  • Huawei Enjoy Z smartphone users currently working with EMUI 11 version 10.1.1.214/217 can upgrade over HarmnyOS 2.0 version 2.0.0.146.
  • Huawei Maimang 9 smartphone users currently working with EMUI 11 version 10.1.1.210 can upgrade over HarmnyOS 2.0 version 2.0.0.147.

HarmonyOS 2

HarmonyOS 2.0 full changelog:

Home-screen: Swiping up on the app icon generates a service widget, which can be resized dragged to a new location, or added to your custom home screen.

Control Panel: Swiping down from the upper-right edge of the screen takes you to Control Panel. Device Control access has been added to the shortcut switches panel so that you can control all of your devices with the same ease as navigating on your phone.

Service Center: If you swipe up from the lower left or lower right corner on the screen, the system will lead to the Service Center. This is the place, where all of your collected service widgets are stored and ready to offer access to your desired services.

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Smart Folder: HarmonyOS adds support for app categorization and management. By pressing down on a standard folder displays a large folder, which offers direct access to desired apps.

HarmoynOS Fonts: HarmonyOS brings support for step-free font Weight adjustments and adjusts the size of the font itself.

Smart Home: Offers nimble, intelligent operations on household appliances, such as quickly accessing the phone’s network from the devices, controlling screenless devices, installation-free apps, and direct service access, which can be accessed by tapping your phone against the selected household appliance, or bringing your phone into the proximity to the appliance.

Smart Office: Under this label, HarmonyOS brings you the capability to transfer files on cross-device platforms without requiring a data cable with the power of Huawei Share, which increases the file transfer speed and provides faster and secure file sharing between Huawei smartphones, computers, and tablets.

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Seamless Performance: All operations, including touches and swipes, are smoother and more natural, with images and videos loading more quickly as well.

Task manager: Support task status saving infrequently used apps, meaning that even after you’ve switched to another app, you can pick up a previous task right from where you had left off.

SECURITY:

App Guard: The App Guard mode is enabled by default, to ensure that all apps subject deep scans for malicious behavior, security vulnerabilities, privacy risks, and other related behaviors while being installed. This prevents risky apps from being installed while helping safeguard the secure running environment of the entire system.

Certifications: The TEE OS security kernel has obtained the CC EAL5+ certification, indicating the highest security level for a global commercial operating system kernel. The HarmonyOS operating system has obtained CC EAL4+ security certification, China’s highest security certification.

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Collaborative Security: Add a mobile – Computer collaborative authentication feature and allows you to unlock your phone by entering the phone’s screen unlock password on your Huawei computer when your phone and computer are connected via multi-screen collaboration.

Also, check:

These 27 Huawei devices receiving stable HarmonyOS 2, Global variant awaits

 

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

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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.

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.

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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.

Changelog:

Applications:

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  • 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

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Huawei P Smart Z receives new apps and security update

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Along with June 2021 security improvements, Huawei is also sending May 2021 patches for its eligible devices. According to the latest info, the Huawei P Smart Z is now receiving May 2021 security update along with new applications.

The newest firmware for the P Smart Z can be identified with EMUI 10.0 version 10.0.253 (C431E112R1P2) and comes with an update size of 337MB. In addition to the security improvements, there is a shortcut added for downloading Huawei apps.

Moreover, the update also brings several new applications such as Petal Search, Books, Petal Maps, GameCenter Member Center, and Link Now. All these apps can be directly downloaded by tapping on their shortcuts.

Apart from these aforementioned changes, this update does not add other features to the P Smart Z. Check the instructions to download the update below.

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Huawei P Smart Z update

Things to keep in mind:

  • Take a backup of your important data beforehand to avoid any kind of data loss.
  • It is a staged rollout and may take time to reach your device.
  • Maintain enough battery and storage before installing.

HarmonyOS 2.0 for Huawei P Smart Z

Huawei is currently aiming for Chinese users for HarmonyOS 2.0 upgrade. The company has been releasing beta and stable updates for several eligible devices. Moreover, the P Smart Z phones are also eligible for this new software. However, the announcement for their beta program is yet to be made by the company.

Talking about the global users, they have been waiting for a long time to test this new software. While Huawei is soon expected to announce its plan of HM OS rollout outside China. Check more about HarmonyOS here.

What’s New:

Security

  • Integrates security patches released in May 2021 for improved system security.

Apps

  • Adds quick download shortcuts for the following apps: Petal Search, Books, Petal Maps, GameCenter Member Center, and Link Now. The apps can be downloaded by tapping the shortcuts.

How to check for updates:

Download update via Settings

Open Settings >> System & Updates >> Software updates, then tap on Check for updates option. If found any update, click Download and install. After installing reboot the device.

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Download update via Support app

Open Support app >> navigate to Service tab >> click Update. Tap on Check for update option >> if found, click Download and install. After installing reboot the device.

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