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US Huawei Mate 9 is now receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update

Back in October, Huawei began sending out invitations to an Oreo beta for the Mate 9. We're at the end of January now, and the US-compatible Mate 9 is finally receiving its official update to Android 8.0 Oreo. Some international models have had Oreo for some time now, but those of us in America are only just getting it.

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Here are all the phones updated to support Project Treble

This list is no longer updated. You can find a full list of devices that support Project Treble here.

One of the most important features included in Android 8.0 Oreo is 'Project Treble,' Google's attempt to modularize Android. We covered it in detail here, but in a nutshell, Treble separates all the low-level device drivers (known as the 'vendor implementation') from the rest of Android. This makes updating phones/tablets to the latest version of Android much easier for manufacturers, as long as they already support Treble.

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Google's Project Treble could start a custom ROM revolution

Android phone buyers have been begging Google for years to do something about the platform's typically slow updates. As of this month, Android 8.0 Oreo only has 0.3% market share among Android devices, Marshmallow (released in 2015) is still at 30%, and Lollipop (from 2014) sits at 27%. Google's latest attempt to solve this problem is 'Project Treble,' a major restructuring of Android that is part of 8.0 Oreo.

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[Deal Alert] Huawei Mate 9 with Band 2 is just $399 ($160 off) today at Amazon

Huawei isn't a big name in the flagship phone game stateside. But the Mate 9, the company's first flagship officially sold here, has made a good first impression. Now you can pick one up, along with a Huawei Band 2, for just $399 as part of Amazon's Deal of the Day.

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[Deal Alert] Huawei Mate 9 drops to $399.99 ($100 off)

The Mate 9 is yesterday's news, but it's still a pretty good phone. The price is getting hard to argue with, too. After previously dropping to $499, the Mate 9 is now on sale for $399 at various retailers. This is a limited time offer rather than a permanent price drop. So, don't think it over too long.

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Huawei sends out invitations for Mate 9's Android Oreo beta test

The Huawei Mate 9 was a pretty decent phone when it was released in November of last year. It had a clean design with excellent battery life, and the company's EMUI skin was significantly less awful. It shipped with Android 7.0, and now it looks like Huawei is getting ready to release 8.0 Oreo.

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[Update: Winners] Win a brand new Huawei Mate 9, wherever you are in the world [International giveaway]

If there's one thing our readers love more than phones, it's a phone giveaway. And if there's one thing they like more than that, it's an international phone giveaway. Huawei and Android Police have teamed up to give one lucky reader, from anywhere in the world, a Mate 9. Whatever far-flung destination you have in mind, Huawei's phone is up for the trip. And once it's there, you can even use it to enter into the Huawei Museum photo contest.

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Huawei Mate 9 drops permanently to $499 ($100 off), Honor 6X to $199 ($50 off)

The Huawei Mate 9 and Honor 6X are a pair of very good phones. The prices for both of them have usually been around $599 and $249 respectively, but they have occasionally gone on sale for less. Now it looks like both phones are dropping in price permanently.

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[Deal Alert] Huawei Mate 9, FIT, and Watch 2 are on sale for Prime Day

Huawei and Honor mostly sneak under the radar here in the United States, but they still make some solid Android devices. The Honor 6X already appeared on sale as part of Amazon's Prime Day, but a few other devices from Huawei are discounted too.

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[Deal Alert] Get a refurbished Huawei Mate 9 for just $379.99 ($220 off) from Best Buy

Huawei may not be a big player here in the United States, but it's slowly easing itself in. The Mate 9 is the first flagship device that the Chinese OEM is officially selling here under the Huawei moniker, and it's not a bad introduction. In our Mate 9 review, we found that the Mate 9 was a solid device, and its MSRP of $599.99 was reasonable. At just $379.99 for a refurbished unit, this phablet is a downright steal.

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