The speed in which major OEMs update their devices to newer versions of Android has certainly increased in recent years, especially when it comes to HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and LG (LG G4’s Marshmallow update is a great example). Unfortunately, there are still many handset makers that neglect users when it comes to updates, especially smaller OEMs and many of the bigger Chinese OEMs. One such company that is notoriously bad at updates is Huawei.

As an owner of the Huawei Mate 7 (in addition to a Nexus 5 and a few others), I can tell you that my handset is still rocking KitKat after all this time. While a Lollipop build does exist for some regional variants, as far as I’m aware, it is still in the beta stage and certainly hasn’t rolled out to the western world in stable form just yet. With Huawei, you pretty much are stuck with the software that ships, despite vague promises for an eventual update. So will things be any different with Marshmallow? While it’s too earlier to say how quick they’ll be at pushing out the firmware updates, Huawei is at least promising the update to a number of the Chinese variants of its products.

The list of models confirmed for the update include the Huawei Mate S, Huawei Mate 7, Huawei P8, P8 Youth Edition, P8 Max, Maimagn 4 , G7 Plus, and the G7. Honor devices like the Honor 7, Honor 7i, 6 Plus, Honor 6, Honor X2, Honor 4X, and Play 4C are also officially part of Huawei’s Marshmallow plans.


Now it is important to note that just because the Chinese variants are getting Marshmallow love, doesn’t mean we can expect things to be identical for international variants. We’d imagine that Huawei will at least bring Android 6.0 to more popular members of its family like the Mate S, Mate 7, Huawei P8, and some of the newer Honor phones – but really that’s just speculation at this point. Judging by the ultra-slow rollout schedule that the Mate 7 has seen for Lollipop, even if your device does get an update, we’d be prepared for a long, long wait.

See also:

Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates roundup

April 6, 2016

Then again, ever since Google introduced the concept of developer previews to Android with Lollipop, we’ve seen more OEMs up their upgrading game, and so perhaps Huawei is finally coming onboard? Only time will tell for sure.

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
  • Cheeze Keyk

    too bad the p7 wont be getting the 6.0 update.

  • Aaqib Ismail

    Let me guess, the update will show up in 10 months from now

    • Singkawang

      I was thinking this year flagship in 6 months, last year flagship in 9 months, other than that in 12-15 months.

  • Ahmed Mohamedeen

    I like The mate S but i wont get it Because of Huawie ‘s Horrible updates delay

  • systemupdate

    Does anyone know how you can even buy a Huawei? Their website has no section for buying? Is it hidden somewhere (I am in Canada)? I have the same issue with their tablets section. It is a curious website to say the least!

    • Marslander

      Amazon’s the only place I know you can directly buy their stuff.

  • Daggett Beaver

    I don’t get the rush to have Marshmallow. I’m perfectly happy with 5.1.1. I don’t see anything particularly compelling about Marshmallow — certainly not compelling enough to risk having to deal with the bugs that come with any new release.

    • mrjayviper

      just imagine all the people who immediately upgrade to lollipop last year and their suprise on how shitty it is!

    • crackinthewall

      If you have an 8 or 16GB of internal storage and game on your phone, adopting the SD card as an internal storage in Marshmallow is a nice feature.

  • s2weden2000

    that’s right!

  • Anon

    The speed at which they have been improving is nothing short of amazing. I had a huawei honor 1st gen about 3 to 4 years back i think, and it was really quite bad. Fast forward to today, their products are pretty awesome. Great hardware, great built quality. Software updates wise, not so good but the majority of android users wont give a rat’s ass about any updates at all. Definitely more than good enough for the average user. For us android enthusiasts, I give them another 1-2 years and they should be top notched.

  • ratavaeurt

    I’m in Silver Spring MD and I own an Ascend Mate 7 as of February and I’m running 5.1.1

  • Андреj Spasic

    i have huawei gra-L09 bulid number..-b196 will i get android 6.0 ?

  • Claudio el rei

    I bought a HUAWEI GRA-UL10, has no update for this model yet, and no hope for the manufacturer is one of those Chinese trash, not give any attention to its users, hence the increasingly discredited day, made a beautiful phone but just this.

    It has no competence to maintain the top market because not give due attention to their users.

    LG came out on the front, as always, the market asks for this AGILITY, something that Huawei has not learned yet.

  • rykellim

    I have a Huawei M2 and so I will NOT be seeing a Marshmallow upgrade? Nooooooo…… !!! : (

  • cs go

    It’s beta or not?