While it may seem like only Nexus devices are able to get a sweet preview of Android Nougat in the form of developer preview builds, other OEMs have to test their own builds internally in order to release timely updates. Well someone at Huawei dropped the ball and accidentally released an OTA for the Huawei P9.
Well, the developers over at XDA have captured the OTA link (meaning they were able to find the source of the leaked update). They have since compiled a post with screenshots and download links so you may enjoy the Android Nougat-ey sweetness in the form of your Huawei P9.
Here’s a video of the leaked build in action which leaves almost nothing to the imagination.
- Added Multi-user support
- optimized interactive gestures
- Added Huawei’s ROG power saving technology for the first time (can decrease screen resolution to save power)
- General optimizations
- More detailed changelog can be found in the source link
Keep in mind that this build is by no means final software, expect to run into bugs and occasional errors. Also, finalized software for the Android Nougat release could be significantly different from this Beta build.
Screenshots from XDA
One thing you should know about the update before updating your Huawei P9: You may be able to update your Huawei P9 to this build, but chances are you may be stuck on it. Huawei would need to release an OTA specifically for this build to get you to a newer version. So even if you do flash it with minimal knowledge of fastboot (as you won’t need to use it for this), you may be stuck on this build and will need to either restore your phone entirely with HiSuite, or you may need to unlock your bootloader and to restore to factory software.
Since this update is actually signed by Huawei, you won’t be required to have an unlocked bootloader, this update can be applied by simply placing the update zip file on your internal memory or microSD card and entering the software update screen or entering the “Project menu” which can be accessed via the stock Dialer. For further instructions, check out the source link.