Huawei P9 Leads Race To Early Android Nougat

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Quick Android version updates are a big deal to a lot of people, and it might be too for those using Chinese phones, except that they typically receive the updates later than everyone else. For the Huawei P9, the tables could turn this time around.

A beta Android 7.0 Nougat ROM for the new Huawei flagship has made its way out and those who have flashed it say that though it comes with the EMUI 5.0 interface from Huawei, it isn’t a whole new system.

What that means is that users wouldn’t need to backup their stock system image and all of their data before installing the Android 7.0 beta for their P9.

But first, users must make sure that they have root access to their device with an unlocked bootloader, and they must install the beta using the Dload tool from Huawei.

This update has been crafted from the Android N AOSP code, or the most basic platform for the system released by Google upon which OEMs build their own custom skins.

If Huawei P9 users have this in place within their device, then it wouldn’t take a lot of work for Huawei to shoehorn the finalized Android 7.0 into its own EMUI system when it’s launched in October, which means a quicker seeding of the non-beta update to users.