Ascend Mate is officially 2 years old now. Even though it packs similar hardware as the Ascend P6, Ascend Mate always got less attention when it comes to firmware updates. Ascend P6 got the Android 4.4 KitKat update few months ago but Ascend Mate was stuck in Android 4.2 with EMUI 2.0 until now. The last recorded firmware update for the Mate was announced in September last year http://huaweinews.com/2014/09/ascend-mate-b930-firmware/ and now Huawei has a whole new firmware update ready for the Ascend Mate in Chinese region numbered as B321.
Even though the numbering scheme implies that B321 is possibly a downgrade compared to previous B930 firmware, its wrong. B321 packs Android 4.4 KitKat and Huawei’s latest Emotion UI 3.0 interface. Unfortunately as we mentioned earlier, B321 firmware is intended for the Chinese region but you can install it on your international Ascend Mate with minimum hassle. B321 is marked as a development firmware and its the very first Android 4.4 firmware for the Ascend Mate so you should expect to have few issues here and there.
Changelog doesn’t mention any new special additions to the features but all the new features of Emotion UI 3.0 are carried over to the B321 firmware. Mainly the UI is completely overhauled thanks to EMUI 3.0 and few EMUI 3.0 specific apps are added. Here are the details of this firmware in an easy to understand form,
Model – Ascend Mate MT01-U06
Firmware version – B321
Android version – 4.4
EMUI version – 3.0
Stage – Development
Region – China
Google Apps included – No
Languages – English,Chinese,..
Size – 842MB
On official changelog, Huawei has mentioned that you should only upgrade to B321 from B930 in order to make sure that your device doesn’t get bricked. Upgrading from other versions other than B930 might be possible but we strongly recommend you to follow Huawei’s instructions and upgrade from B930.
If you happen to install this firmware on your Ascend Mate, please share your thoughts and issues you faced in the comments below.
Download link and release page (Chinese, use Chrome to translate) – http://goo.gl/5ic8Cj