[Update: P10 too] Huawei Mate 9 and Huawei P10 Plus are receiving Android Oreo OTA updates

Over the years, Huawei has earned a bad reputation when it comes to timely software updates, but this is no more, at least based on the latest exploits.

At some point, the idea of software updates for a good number of Huawei devices was out of the picture, but of course, this wasn’t true for high-end devices in the Mate and P series.

This year, the Huawei Mate 10 was only the third device to come preinstalled with Android Oreo out of the box following the launch of the Sony Xperia XZ1 and Google Pixel 2 families. This, in itself, was a surprise for many out there and as it stands, the Chinese OEM is not yet done surprising its customers.

Following in the footsteps of OnePlus and HMD Global, Huawei has started rolling out Android Oreo OTA updates to the 2016 Huawei Mate 9 family as well as this year’s Huawei P10. So far, the update has been confirmed for those using the standard Mate 9, Mate 9 Pro and Mate 9 Porsche Design, but only those using the Huawei P10 Plus can confirm to have received the same treat. Even though the standard P10 isn’t mentioned, it won’t be long before it starts getting the same treat.

Another setback with the current release of Oreo OTA for Huawei Mate 9 and Huawei P10 Plus is that the update is currently rolling out in the home country of China, with no word on when other markets will start receiving the same OS. Nonetheless, the fact that it’s out means that other regions will get it in the coming weeks, probably before the end of this month.

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In addition to installing Android Oreo, users of the Mate 9 and P10 families will also get a new EMUI 8.0 skin alongside a bunch of in-house features from the company. For instance, you’ll get improved smart features and better security in the shape of HiVoice, HiTouch, PrivateSpace, HiBoard, TrustSpace and new ways of interacting with the devices.

Note that in order to get the latest updates to Android Oreo on either device, you must be running the latest software version prior to Oreo. In short, you can’t skip from an older build to the latest version, rather, the device will first install the previous update before allowing you to download and install Oreo. Of course, these are huge software updates so if and when they come your way, make sure you have a stable Wi-Fi connection before downloading the files.

While this doesn’t guarantee you the update, you may want to manually check for the availability of the files in your region by heading to your Huawei Mate 9 or P10 Plus Settings. Alternatively, you can simply sit back and wait for the OTA notification, which as noted earlier, it won’t take long before coming your way.

What do you like about the new Android Oreo update on your Huawei Mate 9 or P10/P10 Plus? Let us know in your comments below.

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