While Huawei is set to announce a probable Nova 3 successor this month, the Huawei Nova 3 itself is getting EMUI 9.0 with Android Pie. The handset that was announced in July this year has been under testing for Android Pie since some time. However, it seems Huawei is now ready to seed the update via OTA to some regions. Do note that not all variants are receiving the update and a post on Reddit shows the Chinese variant has received the update.
Furthermore, Huawei has also released a timeline for other handsets that are progressing on EMUI 9.0 with Android Pie. Below are the devices.
- Nova 2s has released a beta version on November 20th
- Nova 3i started beta recruitment on November 28th
- Nova 3e expects to launch beta recruitment in January
- Maimang 7 has launched a beta survey on November 28
Speaking about the Nova 3 update, it weighs around 4.7GB in size and comes with build number PAR-AL00 184.108.40.206. That’s quite a big update and if any Chinese user wishes to update their Nova 3, he/she should probably check for adequate internal storage before downloading the OTA. However, users might want to consider updating in the first place because there’s a big change in the update.
With regards to the features, the changelog mentions that EMUI 9.0 removes support for third-party launchers which means users will be stuck with EMUI after the update. That’s a pretty disappointing move if you’re into third-party launchers like Nova. Other than that, the update spruces up the battery life, animations and even face unlock is faster than before. The new HiVision feature that detects food and calories was also found to be very accurate by the Reddit user who posted the changelog.