Update 2014/01/30 – Android 4.4 firmware leaked for Ascend P6 – http://huaweinews.com/2014/01/android-4-4-beta-ascend-p6/
Exactly 2 months ago we brought you the news that Android 4.4 KitKat update is coming to Ascend P6 by the end of January (this year) http://huaweinews.com/2013/11/android-4-4-kitkat-ascend-p6/. Huawei seems to be working hard to keep up with that promise but we think they won’t be able to do that in this month like they promised considering the circumstances that you will see below.
Huawei is preparing a whole new version of Emotion UI for the Ascend P6 named as Emotion UI 2.3 and this isn’t surprising considering the final version of Emotion UI 2.0 isn’t that exciting like we saw on leaked pictures http://huaweinews.com/2013/10/emotion-ui-2-0-screenshots-leaked/. Since Emotion UI 2.0 came out with Android 4.3 we guess it’s economical for Huawei marketing wise to bring a different version with Android 4.4 KitKat.
Huawei has opened invitations for beta testing Emotion UI 2.3 and Android 4.4 for Ascend P6 in their Vmall Chinese forums a while ago. Beta test is open for the China Unicom and Mobile, Ascend P6 users. Huawei official’s told that they will deliver Emotion UI 2.3/KitKat beta firmware for the registered users in the middle of this month. Basically the process is that the interested users were asked to submit their details with IMEI numbers and then Huawei will push the beta firmware as a OTA update to the registered IMEI’s. Then beta testers will be able to test the firmware and they were asked to submit a report to Huawei about bugs and other issues. Then the beta testers were asked to revert to the official Emotion UI 1.6 firmware until Huawei finishes up the testing process and delivers the update locally.
Huawei has closed the registrations for the beta now and if all goes with Huawei’s promise, beta testers will receive the firmware within next week and we might be able to obtain a copy for you to test. So like we said at the beginning we don’t think Huawei will be able to release official Android 4.4 Kitkat update within this month because there isn’t much time for testing everything. But we won’t be surprised if Huawei releases it on time as well because regardless of the public tests, Huawei might be already testing the firmware internally. Nevertheless we will have something for you in next few days so stay tuned!
Vmall forum link for the beta test (Chinese) – http://goo.gl/7ug7XY