While phone manufacturers never do enough to push updates in a timely manner even to their most potent and glorious devices, some of them, namely HMD’s Nokia have done an excellent job to support most of their lineups to the latest versions of Android available. Adding to the list is Huawei, which has since updated its 2018 flagship, the P20 Pro to Android 9 Pie. Today’s stars are the Chinese OEM’s 2017 large phones: the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro.
The Mate 10 started receiving a taste of Pie sometime last week to a number of Kenyan users, and the upgrade is also seeding to Mate 10 Pro units. This is good news for folks who own the devices as they are literally ahead of the curve as people who own 2017 high-end smartphones from other manufacturers such as Samsung (the Note8, S8, and S8+) are yet to receive Android 9 Pie – but will likely do in February. At the moment, only Samsung’s S9/S9+/Note9 have received Pie.
It is also worth noting that Huawei already updated the P10 to Pie, which is an admirable feat, to say the least.
Among other devices that have since joined the party include the recently announced Nokia 3.1 Plus, and Transsion’s Infinix Note 5 – both of which are under the Android One program that ensures the phones are packed with unskinned Android, thus, faster updates. Also, the Infinix Smart 2 Pro is among the low-cost handhelds that are seeing the major software overhaul. While Infinix could have done a better job with Note 5, we are glad the development is here, and it has arrived as promised, nonetheless.
We hope manufacturers will continue to update their devices, particularly the popular ones that sell in the Kenyan market such as the Y9 2019, and OPPO’s lineup (F series, among others).
Update: The Nokia 8 from 2017 is also receiving Android 9 Pie.