It’s always a great feeling finding out that your handset has an update waiting for it, which means that Honor 4X owners in the UK are in for a treat. @UKHonor has just announced via Twitter that the Lollipop update is now available for the Honor 4X, which means that the handset will no longer have to languish on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
The 4X Lollipop update will bump the firmware all the way up to Android 5.1.1, with EMUI version 3.1 in tow. For the moment, the Lollipop update is a manual install only, which means you must download the firmware package from the Honor site, which comes to around 1.4GB in size. My contact at Honor UK says the Lollipop update will either install, or fail, with no chance of bricking (yes, I have that in writing). So, the big question is, how do you perform the update? Well, here are the instructions that should be followed to the letter, straight from the horse’s mouth.
Before continuing, as always when updating to a new version of Android, it’s good practice to perform a full backup, with Honor UK recommending the Huawei Backup tool that can be found on your device which will backup all the apps, settings, and media from the handset. The contact said the update shouldn’t wipe the device in the process, but sometimes things can go pear-shaped, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Ensure the handset has at least 30% battery and at least 4GB of space on the SD card before continuing
Download the update from here (the Honor 4X CherryPlus L11C432B310 package)
Copy the update over to the SD card
Make a new folder on the SD card called dload, and then extract the update.app file to the newly created dload folder
Navigate to the Update section in Settings, select Local Update from the menu and then select the UPDATE.APP file you have previously extracted
The Honor 4X will then reboot into recovery and automatically find and flash the Lollipop update