Honor 6 and Honor 6 Plus, Huawei’s high-end Android phones of 2014 are finally getting Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (with EMUI 3.1) as software update in India and many other countries including Europe. Unfortunately however the update is not available via OTA route still. Our Indian variant Honor 6 (H60-L04) did not receive any OTA notification and we had to manually install the update. For India Huawei has uploaded the update as a ZIP file at their support site hihonor.in Launched earlier this year, hihonor.in is dedicated to the Huawei’s “Honor” brand devices in India. Huawei uploads support software and firmware updates for Honor phones at this site.
However things are a bit complicated when it comes to manual update in comparison to the simple OTA update which requires almost no user interaction. To manually update the phone you have to download the software’s zip file from here and then follow this guide to install it. The zip file is a hefty 1.3 GB download so make sure that you are connected to a fast, preferably a WiFi network.
With this update Honor 6 (and Honor 6 Plus) jumps from Android 4.4 KitKat to latest Android Lollipop 5.1.1 (skipping Android 5.0 Lollipop). As you can see in the screenshot, the Build version is H60-L04C151B510 and build date is September 18. There is no official change-log available from Huawei but all the Lollipop goodies like Material design, pinnable app tabs in task manager, new UI animations, improved security, lock screen notifications, faster app loading due to ART runtime etc are integrated with the update. Along with Android version this update also bumps up the EMUI (Emotion UI – Huawei’s custom software) version to 3.1 which provides a lot better user experience than the older one. There is a noticeable overall improvement in phone speed and battery performance after the update. Honor 6 is a great device (3 GB RAM, a fast octa-core Kirin 920 CPU) and this update makes it even better.
P.S. – Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update is also available for Huawei Honor 4C phone at the same download page we mentioned above.