Correction: The Nougat beta build seems to currently only be for the Huawei P9. We will be on the lookout for beta builds dropped for other Huawei devices and will update the article if we come across any.
Android Nougat’s fifth developer preview was recently released for Nexus devices, but for the past few months owners of any other non-Google devices have been waiting to get a chance to taste some of that sweet Nougat. We’ve known that OEMs have been internally testing Nougat releases for their devices (after all, Google shares their work with their partners to ensure timely updates for all) and it seems that Huawei is no exception. Today, an OTA link that updates the Huawei P9 and the Mate 8 to a beta build of Android 7.0 Nougat has been captured that includes the updated EMUI 5.0 skin.
Screenshots are credited to XDA Member somboons. Note that Huawei intentionally provides false data in their EMUI build versions to prevent leaks.
According to the changelog file posted for the beta build, here’s what’s new:
This update is for system version EMUI 5.0. EMUI 5.0 optimizes the camera, battery management, and Phone Manager, and adds multi-user mode, to provide a secure and unique experience for you
Added multi-user mode, which allows you to share your device and apps and protects your data and privacy Optimized the Phone Manager, making it easier to change settings and convenient to manage with more powerful functions
Optimized the interactive gestures, enabling you to swipe left and right to switch between the mode and settings screens
(Re: multi-user mode): Added a mode, which allows multiple users to access the same app with segregated personal data and privacy protection
Added the Huawei-developed ROG power saving technology for the first time, which decreases the screen resolution to save battery power.
Optimized the Phone Manager, which helps you manage your device more easily and conveniently.
Optimized battery management, which allows you to check the battery power and battery power consumption for any period within two days.
Optimized traffic management to automatically add the traffic leftover from the previous month to the current month
Optimized the Weather app so that it can forecast weather for each hour including the probability of rainfall Added an entry for third-party social networking apps, such as WhatsApp, eSpace, and Skype, in the contact details screen
Optimized the networking speed when international roaming is on.
Optimized the registration time when the network connection is interrupted for environmental reasons
Where do I download it?
P9 owners can use the OTA links captured in its respective forum as well, specifically the build version labeled EMUI-EVA-C900B040SP11-log. Note that the -log suffix indicates that this build is indeed only a beta build (so don’t expect everything to work perfectly). The “EVA” in the build version refers to the Huawei P9, whereas Mate 8 owners should be on the lookout for a build that contains “NXT” which refers to their hardware. Here’s a video demonstration of the Huawei P9 running Android 7.0 Nougat, by Youtube user droidth:
How do I install it?
Once you’ve downloaded the OTA zip file, you can flash it by placing the update.zip file onto the base directory of the internal storage or SD card. After you’ve done that, enter into the software update screen by either holding power + both volume buttons while booting, or by entering the “ProjectMenu” settings screen by dialing *#*#2846579#*#* into the dialer app. Either way you should be able to manually update your phone using the update captured from the OTA link. This is, of course, assuming that you are already on the latest, untouched stock build for the Huawei P9/Mate 8. You will likely be unable to use the OTA update if you are running a custom ROM, so you’ll have to flash back to stock. Luckily, Huawei provides those files for you to flash.
Get flashing, and let us know your thoughts on Huawei’s take on Android Nougat!