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Huawei Outlines Android 7.0 Nougat Plans: 6 Devices To Get Update In Q1 2017

2 December 2016, 2:07 am EST By Carl Velasco Tech Times
Huawei is set to officially release Android 7.0 Nougat to six of its smartphones beginning Q1 2017. Among the phones included in the update are the Huawei Mate 8, P9, P9 Plus, P9 lite, nova and nova Plus.  ( David Ramos | Getty Images )

Huawei has laid out an Android 7.0 Nougat roadmap for six of its smartphones, with the software update to arrive with version 5.0 of its custom Android UI named EMUI. The software update is expected to be pushed out in the first quarter of 2017.

Which Huawei Phones Are Getting Nougat?

The Huawei Mate 8 and P9 will be the first two smartphones to receive Nougat, followed by the P9 Plus, P9 lite, Nova and Nova Plus.

Some Huawei P9 users, however, have already updated their phones to a beta build of Nougat since it first circulated online back late July. The Q1 release will most probably swat away any bugs found on the software update during its beta testing period.

What's New In EMUI 5.0?

Huawei claims that the fifth version of its proprietary Android skin will be more efficient, secure and user-friendly, GSM Arena reported. The new software reportedly decreases the amount of legwork involved in doing a specific test within the software. Users will now be able to access 90 percent of the system's features in just two or three taps.

Most of the apps in EMUI 5.0 have also been given a major cosmetic overhaul, with stock apps looking and functioning in a way that complements the Android ecosystem more properly. There's also a new notification panel with more customization options and more icons shown at once as opposed to the grid-like look of the previous EMUI design.

EMUI 5.0 will also give users the option to pick between a standard homescreen layout or an app drawer. Multiple profiles will also run parallel on the system, eliminating the need for users to switch phones.

Owners of the Huawei P9, P9 Plus, P9 lite or Mate 8 will also be eligible for an upcoming beta test, likely set in place in order to discover potential bugs and performance issues on the new software before the it officially releases the stable build.

Huawei hasn't exactly been a leading figure on the software update front, and previous iterations of the EMUI didn't exactly offer the dandiest Android trim out of major players with beautiful custom Android skins. Hopefully, Huawei's Nougat plans for six of its smartphones follow through like clockwork so users are treated to a strong Nougat-powered Huawei lineup loaded with the very snazzy EMUI 5.0.

For those who have already tried EMUI 5.0? How has the software experience been so far? Also, is your Huawei phone included in the Nougat waiting list? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below!

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