Huawei Ascend P1 is Huawei’s most popular and also the most forgotten smartphone. Huawei is doing a poor job on updating this awesome smartphone and you can see the customers frustration on allover Huawei’s Facebook pages and web sites. Ascend P1 is still on Android 4.1.1 firmwares by Huawei and most likely it wont get updated beyond Android 4.2.2.

Huawei is still pushing out new Android 4.1.1 ROM’s for this device and today we found a new official firmware for Ascend P1 Chinese model. This new firmware is numbered as B706 (U9200-1 V100R001CHNC00B706) and it brings few new additions and bug fixes for the previous B705 firmware.

Here are few key things from the Chanelog

* New touch button light switch
* Weather Geolocation problems fixed
* GPS issues fixed
* Email synchronization issues fixed

Full changelog includes many optimizations but its hard to understand after translation since its in Chinese. However it seems that if you are running B705 its worth it to install this update. B706 and also the B705 firmwares are categorized as development versions while the stable version is B704.

If you are running B705 firmware on your P1, Huawei has included a small 45MB file to get you updated to the B706 firmware and if you are running any other versions, the full update is 594MB in size. Since this firmware is intended for China Google Apps isn’t included by default and you will have to flash it separately.

Here is the link to the release page including download links (Chinese! use Chrome to translate)- http://zh.ui.vmall.com/emotiondownload.php?type=Ascend%20P1

Huawei download servers are typically very slow. So we decided to mirror the update file on our download server just for you.

Download B706 update from our fast 1Gbps mirror  – http://dl.huaweinews.com/Roms/Ascend-P1/B706.zip

Installing updates is done by the default Huawei method of installing firmwares.

1 Unzip the downloaded zip file
2 Put the update.zip on the SD card
3 Boot in to recovery
4 Select update from external storage and select the update.zip

Huaweinews.com isn’t liable for bricked phones or any other damages that might occur! So as always proceed at your own risk!

If you updated to this new firmware, please let us and the other readers know of your thoughts on the comments below

Update 2013/11/27 – Huawei has released Android 4.1.1 B707 development firmware update for Ascend P1 – http://huaweinews.com/2013/11/ascend-p1-b707-firmware/