In June, Huawei released the Ascend Mate2 with 4G LTE functionality for GSM carriers. It was certainly a big step for the manufacturer, especially with a budget device with plenty of worthwhile internals and features. Unfortunately, by the end of October, the excitement may have wavered a bit.
At the end of October, it was revealed by Huawei that the Ascend Mate2 would not actually see an update to KitKat after launching with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on board. While Huawei did confirm that the hardware of the Ascend Mate2 warranted an update to KitKat, the company noted that there were other factors in that particular decision and that they’d be focused on making their “next device” even better.
Turns out, customer feedback has won the day, and even earned a big bonus.
On Friday, November 21, Huawei confirmed via its official blog that the Ascend Mate2 will indeed be receiving an update, but it won’t be to Android 4.4 KitKat. Instead, Huawei has opted to leap a version number and go right for Android 5.0 Lollipop. The author of the blog post notes that the reason this update is coming is due to customer feedback and that the manufacturer takes this feedback very seriously. As a result, the Ascend Mate2 will be updated to the latest variant of Android.
Huawei Device is pleased to announce that Android Lollipop will be available for the Ascend Mate2 in the first half of next year. In light of your feedback, we have reassessed our upgrade strategy. We take our customers’ feedback seriously and want to ensure they have the best experience possible with the Mate2. The Mate2 upgrade will go from the current JellyBean directly to Lollipop.
Unfortunately, no other details were shed at this time. The update is expected to land within “the first half of next year,” so while it’s good to have something to look forward to, the wait may certainly drag on for some owners.
Did you pick up an Ascend Mate2? Are you excited for the news?