Honor is one of the many Chinese smartphone makers that has been doing well in India in the last few years. Many of Honor’s smartphones are well received in the budget and mid-range segment. The subsidiary of Huawei is also known to make flagship devices. Recently, it had initiated the Android 9 Pie Beta Test programme for some of its devices. Customers who owned the Honor Play (Review), or Honor 10, or the Honor View 10, could try out the new update. This exercise was only limited to 30 users per device, though, but that is not the case anymore.
Honor India Android 9 Pie Open Beta Available For All
The Chinese smartphone company has announced that the Android 9 Beta test program is now open to all owners of compatible devices. This is great news for all those who want to try out new features, design, and other changes brought by the Android 9 Pie release. Honor phones are built on EMUI, which is a custom ROM based on Android. Being a heavier fork of Android, we have noticed EMUI is not as fast as other custom ROMs, such as OxygenOS. Keep an eye on our review section to find out if the situation has improved with the new EMUI 9.0, which is based on Android 9.0 Pie.
As of now, only the Honor Play, Honor 10, and the Honor View 10 will be eligible to receive the Android 9 Beta update. If you are interested in trying out the beta update, you can head over to the source link provided at the end of this article and register. You should then receive download links and instructions to install EMUI 9.0, straight from Honor.
Be advised, since this is the beta update, you will come across bugs, app crashes, and other issues. Sign up only if you are prepared to deal with such gremlins. The final public update that is most likely to be stable might take some more time to arrive in India. In fact, you may have to wait until the end of this year to get the stable version of the Android 9.0 Pie based EMUI 9.0 on the supported devices.
State of Android Updates
Smartphone companies are now focusing on providing software updates faster and on time. In the past few years, smartphone buyers have been looking at the software aspect of the smartphones as well, while making purchasing decisions. Interestingly, consumers are increasingly choosing phones from brands with history of providing faster software updates. Therefore, more and more OEMs are now trying to push the latest software updates on time. For example, Nokia, Motorola, and OnePlus are some of the OEMs that tend to provide frequent updates.
Android software updates usually take longer because there are just too many phones in the market. In comparison, iOS updates for Apple devices, which are only available in a few variants, are much faster. This is one of the main reasons why most iPhones are currently on the latest version of iOS. Meanwhile, on the Android side, only 0.1 percent of devices run the latest Android 9.0 Pie OS.