The Huawei Mate 9 is receiving an Pie beta in China now
In a move that may have been influenced by media and user pressure, Huawei has publicly counted the approximately 2-year-old P10 and Mate 9 lines into its plans for upgrades to Android 9.0 (Pie). A report emanating from China indicates that these plans are now underway, as Mate 9 users in this country have received a relevant beta update.
This new OS version for the Mate 9 is known as EMUI 220.127.116.11. In addition to many new Pie-related feasture, it also brings Huawei HiVision to this phablet. It is a proprietary variation on Google Lens, which identifies well-known images and people from visual media through the Mate 9's main camera. Like Lens, it may also offer additional insight, such as how many calories are likely to be in a given food product.
This latest beta for the 2016 flagship also adds Huawei Share (a wireless printing app) and a UI refresh to the device. It is interspersed with features that imitate the Digital Wellbeing suite found in Pixel phones. This update also precedes Huawei's original target for a stable Pie update in the Mate 9, which is scheduled for March 2019. Hopefully, it will be followed by further roll-outs of the same OS for more Mate 9 users worldwide, as well as those of the P10 series.