Huawei is pushing Android 7.0 Nougat to some Nova owners as part of the software update beta program. Since this is a limited beta test of software, there are likely many more users to see the software update officially in the future, but for now Huawei seems to be keeping things a little smaller. The users that are seeing the update build hit their phones are also users who signed up to be a part of the beta test, so Huawei isn't just picking out random customers who picked up the phone, these are users who opted in to test out the software early.

The Huawei Nova is a good, if somewhat boring midranger that was released this year, and although it isn't necessarily a bad purchase, we found it to be a bit lackluster when we reviewed it back in October. One of our main cons with the handset had to do with the software it was running - that being EMUI 4.1 based off of Android Marshmallow. EMUI 4.1 is definitely one of our least favorite Android skins out there, but Huawei looks to be refining the Nova's overall software experience in the near future. Huawei Nova units in China can now be enrolled in the company's software beta program that will allow them to be updated to EMUI 5.0 that's based off of Android 7.0 Nougat.

Huawei is one of the few major handset manufacturers that have already released Android Nougat updates for some of its smartphones, including the Huawei P9 and Huawei Mate 8. It's also one of the few that has already launched a Nougat smartphone, the Huawei Mate 9.