Owners of the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro get a Christmas present from the Chinese manufacturer. Both devices can now get started with an Android 9.0 (Pie) update.
Huawei P20 Android Pie update
An Android 9.0 (Pie) update is now available in the Netherlands for both the Huawei P20 and the P20 Pro, so several readers report us. Whether and when the cheaper Huawei P20 Lite is updated is still unknown. Earlier this month, Huawei released an update for the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro.
You will automatically receive a notification as soon as the new software is available for your smartphone. You can also check manually. You do this by opening the settings and searching for ‘Software update’. Select this option and choose ‘Check for updates’. Because providers also test the update first, it can take several days for your phone to turn.
Note: the update is about 4GB in size. Make sure you have enough storage space before you try to install it. Only download the update over a Wi-Fi connection, unless you have an unlimited data bundle. During the update your personal data will be retained, but it does not hurt to make a backup in advance.
What is new in Android Pie?
Android Pie introduces, among other things, improved, richer notifications. You can also replace the menu bar at the bottom with a new gesture control. Then you swipe up, for example, to go to your homescreen, instead of pressing a home button. Google also relies on artificial intelligence, among other things to improve the battery life. AI is also used in ‘Adaptive Brightness’, which automatically adjusts brightness to your preferences.
What is custom ROM?
ROM is short for Read-Only Memory. It has many versions just like Windows OS does; no matter it is stock ROMs from companies, or custom ROM from third party. This new custom ROM can bring you the latest version of Android before your manufacturer. Anyhow, flashing a new ROM means installing a new operating system to your Android.
The new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes with many new features :
- Mobile payments (Android Pay) feature.
- Better RAM Management.
- Fingerprint support.- A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins.
- It has a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience.
- Support for 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86, and MIPS-based cores.
- OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance.
- Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device.
- More intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication.
- See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen.
- New devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices.
- SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware.
- State of the art video technology with support for HEVC main profile to allow for UHD 4K 10-bit video playback, tunneled hardware video decoding to save power and improved HLS support for streaming.
- and other cool features.
Note: If there is more than one download option, that likely means that you need to download and install the Bug Fix Update for your smartphone or tablet device before you can actually update to 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Step 1:Before you go trying to update your device, you should check which version of Android you are running. You might already be on the latest version. It's easy to check so follow this guide up to step four. This screen will have a section called 'Android version'. If it doesn't, click 'Software information' to find out.
Step 2:Scroll down the Settings menu and click on 'About Phone' or 'About Tablet'. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the 'general' section.
Refer to Android developer page to choose which version of Android your phone or tablet is running. I.e, 4.0.4 corresponds to Ice Cream Sandwich, an old version of Android that was released in 2013.
Step 3:Note: Your phone or tablet may require a Wi-Fi connection to search for an update. We suggest you to download the software Droid Over Wi-Fi because the file size can be large.
Choose and click the "Software Update" option. Next it will search available update for your phone or tablet. If update is available, you will be asked if you want to install it. Select "yes" and it will install the new operating system in your device. If you want to install it later, you can download the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow file first. Download Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.zip