EMUI

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Huawei EMUI
Logo of Huawei EMUI.png
Screenshot
Screenshot of the EMUI 10 home screen in dark mode
DeveloperHuawei
Written inC, C++, Java[citation needed]
OS familyUnix-like, Modified Android
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source with proprietary components
Initial releaseEMUI 1.0
Latest releaseEMUI 10.1.0.108 (Android 10 or AOSP) / March 26, 2020; 6 days ago (2020-03-26)
Update methodFirmware over-the-air
Package managerGoogle Play (Global),
Huawei AppGallery (Both Global and China),
APK files
Platforms32-bit ARM, MIPS, x86, x64
Kernel typeMonolithic, modified Linux kernel
LicenseGNU General Public License v3,
Apache License 2.0,
Proprietary
Official websiteconsumer.huawei.com/en/emui/

EMUI, formerly known as Emotion UI, is an Android-based custom user interface developed by Huawei for its mobile devices.[1][2] A re-branded version, Magic UI, is pre-installed on Huawei's Honor devices.[3]

History[edit]

On 30 December 2012, Huawei introduced Emotion UI 1.0, based on Android 4.0. It features a voice assistant app (only in Chinese), customizable homescreens and theme-switching.[4] The company rolled out installation files for the Ascend P1 through their website.[5] The company claims that it is “probably the world’s most emotional system”.[6]

On 4 September 2014, the company announced EMUI 3.0, along with Ascend Mate 7 in the pre-IFA event in Berlin. The user interface was ever since called "EMUI" instead of "Emotion UI". It features a new app store (for China markets).[7]

In late 2015, Huawei launched EMUI 4.0, with a redesigned interface based on Android 6.0, along with the Huawei Mate 8.[8]

In 2016, EMUI 5.0 was introduced, with the Huawei Mate 9.[9]

In 2017, all ROM images were removed on the official website. Huawei says it will provide a "more convenient and satisfactory update service". Since then, all users must rely on over-the-air (OTA) updates.[10]

In late 2017, along with the Huawei Mate 10, EMUI 8.0 was launched, skipping EMUI 6.0 and 7.0 to align with the versioning of the Android 8 OS that EMUI 8 is based on. This release received criticism for its incomplete implementation of Android 8 features.[11]

Huawei unveiled EMUI 9.0 at the German consumer electronics exhibition IFA in 2018.[12] This version of EMUI is based on Android Pie. New features and improvements include a new gesture navigation system, moving many features to the bottom of the screen for easier one-handed use, a reorganized settings page, Digital Balance dashboard, GPU Turbo 2.0, performance improvements, etc.[13][14] An update to this version, named EMUI 9.1, was released in June 2019.[15][16] New features and improvements include GPU Turbo 3.0, a new file system called Extendable Read-Only File System (EROFS), file sharing feature OneHop, Huawei Vlog improvements, new AR features, etc.[17]

EMUI 10, based on Android 10, was announced on 9 August 2019 at the Huawei Developer Conference 2019.[18] The beta version of EMUI 10 was released on 8 September 2019, first released to Huawei's P30 and P30 Pro flagship smartphones.[19] Sign-ups for the EMUI 10 beta program for P30 and P30 Pro smartphones started on 10 September 2019.[20] New features and improvements include a system-wide dark mode, redesigned camera app, new EMUI logo, a new system font, permission control changes introduced in Android 10, tweaks to animations, etc.[21][22][23] Media outlets expect EMUI 10 to be publicly released alongside the launch of Mate 30 devices.[24]

Version history[edit]

Version Android version Year of release Last stable release
Emotion UI 1.x Android 2.3 - 4.3 2012 1.6
Emotion UI 2.x Android 4.2 - 4.4 2013 2.3
EMUI 3.x Android 4.4 - 5.1 2014 3.1
EMUI 4.x Android Marshmallow (6.0) 2015 4.1
EMUI 5.x Android Nougat (7.x) 2016 5.1
EMUI 8.x [A] Android Oreo (8.x) 2017 8.2
EMUI 9.x Android Pie (9.0) 2018 9.1
EMUI 10.x Android 10 (10.0) 2019 10.1
A EMUI 8.0 was launched skipping EMUI 6.0 and 7.0 to match the Android version.[25]

Reception[edit]

Earlier versions of EMUI have been criticized for placing all app icons on the home screen, with some reviewers saying that it tries to imitate Apple's iOS. The app drawer has been brought back as an option in EMUI 5.0.[26] PC Magazine's Adam Smith criticized EMUI for being bloated with duplicate apps and the settings menus being difficult to navigate.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Honor 6X and EMUI 5.0: Everything you need to know". Android Central. 2017-06-30. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  2. ^ "HUAWEI Unveils the HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro". consumer.huawei.com. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  3. ^ Wright, Arol (18 November 2019). "Android 10-based Magic UI 3.0 update rolls out for the Honor View 20 and Honor 20". XDA Developers. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Huawei's Emotion UI drops the app drawer, adds beginner-friendly features to Android 4.0". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  5. ^ "Huawei shows off early version of Emotion UI for Android, packs a 'stock' skin too (hands-on)". Engadget. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  6. ^ "Huawei's new Emotion UI gets its own Chinese official website, should be up for download soon". Android Authority. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  7. ^ "Huawei Launches Metal-Clad Ascend G7 With Android 4.4 KitKat at IFA". NDTV Gadgets360.com. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  8. ^ "Huawei announces Mate 8 in China, sporting Marshmallow and Kirin 950 processor". Android Central. 2015-11-26. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  9. ^ "What's new in EMUI 5?". Android Authority. 2016-11-04. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  10. ^ "Huawei will now bring over-the-air software updates only". www.gadgetmatch.com. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  11. ^ "Huawei EMUI 8: Definitely not the evolution we were hoping for - AndroidPIT". AndroidPIT. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  12. ^ Gordon, Scott Adam (1 September 2018). "Huawei announces Pie-based EMUI 9.0 at IFA 2018: find out what's new here". Android Authority. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  13. ^ Deng, Li (16 December 2018). "EMUI 9: Top features that make it new, beautiful and different". Huawei Central. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Clean, Current & Custom: Here's what's new with EMUI 9.0". TechCrunch. 18 August 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Huawei releases EMUI 9.1 update roadmap". GSMArena.com. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  16. ^ "EMUI 9.1 Update for Huawei devices: Release Date Confirmed!". Huawei Advices. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  17. ^ Bhavsar, Sagar Naresh (3 July 2019). "EMUI 9.1 Official Now: What's New, Supported Huawei devices list, and Download". GetDroidTips. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  18. ^ John H Jr. (9 August 2019). "Huawei announced the EMUI 10 at HDC 2019". Huawei Central. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  19. ^ Ruth, Siri (9 August 2019). "EMUI 10 beta rollout to start from September 8, Mate 20 series will get the beta in the same month". Huawei Central. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  20. ^ Rahman, Mishaal (10 September 2019). "[Update: Beta Sign-ups] EMUI 10 based on Android 10 started to roll out for the Huawei P30 series on September 8th". xda-developers. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  21. ^ "EMUI 10 is coming on August 9". GSMArena.com. 11 July 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  22. ^ Rahman, Mishaal (14 June 2019). "EMUI 10 based on Android Q: First Look on the Huawei P30 Pro". xda-developers. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  23. ^ Dobie, Alex (28 June 2019). "EMUI 10 preview: What's new in Huawei's version of Android Q". Android Central. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  24. ^ Dobie, Alex (6 September 2019). "Huawei unveils refreshed P30 Pro with new design, colors, and Android 10". Android Central. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  25. ^ "Huawei Is Skipping EMUI Version 6 And 7 To Introduce EMUI 8.0 - Gizmochina". Gizmochina. 2017-10-16. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  26. ^ Rutnik, Mitja (25 July 2019). "What is EMUI? A closer look at Huawei's Android skin". Android Authority. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  27. ^ Smith, Adam (24 May 2019). "Huawei P30 Preview". PCMag.com. Retrieved 7 September 2019.