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U.S. wireless carriers might have given Huawei and its flagship Mate 10 the coldshoulder, but Mate 9 owners can still rejoice in the goodness that is Android 8.0 Oreo.
Earlier today, Droid Life spotted that the cookie-branded update is rolling out to models MHA-L29 and MHA-L09. The former is the one sold in the U.S. through Best Buy and other retailers, though both models are the international variants.
As for what is new, Oreo introduces persistent notifications, adaptive icons, picture-in-picture mode, and plenty more. It is the most approachable Android version we have encountered and brings a little more polish to an operating system that has been in need of it for a little while.
The update also brings the January 2018 Android security patch and EMUI 8.0, the latest version of Huawei’s software skin. Combined with the hardware, EMUI 8.0 uses artificial intelligence to better manage performance and push lesser-used apps to the background. Additionally, the update brings a new floating navigation dock and a 3D panorama mode to the rear camera.
Finally, the update should bring Project Treble to the Mate 9. However, none of our devices have received the update yet, so we’re unable to confirm at this time. Huawei did tell Android Authority that Treble support would be added with this update, which should help the company fulfill its promise of monthly updates for higher-end phones.
If you have the Mate 9, let us know if you received the Android Oreo update and your experience with it in the comments below.