Huawei Delivers EMUI 9 to Older Handsets

Posted on June 6, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 6 Comments

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In a bid to demonstrate its ability to roll out software updates, Huawei this week cited its success in bringing EMUI 9 to its older handsets. There are now 80 million people using the software, Huawei says.

“EMUI 9 hit a major milestone globally,” a Huawei representative told me. “If you’ve been using Huawei devices with EMUI 9, you will know that individuals who upgrade will notice a consistent UI design, natural and immersive UX design, convenient one-hand operation, new gesture navigation, and an overall smoother experience.”

EMUI is Huawei’s version of Android, essentially, and the latest version, EMUI 9, was originally available only on the firm’s most recent handsets, like those in the Mate 20 and P30 series. But Huawei is now gradually rolling out EMUI 9 to older handsets, including the Mate 10, 9, RS, and 20 Lite, and the and P20 and P10 series.

According to Huawei’s data, there are now over 80 million people using EMUI 9 around the globe. This includes those who acquired EMUI 9 with a new handset as well as those who upgraded existing handsets from EMUI 8.x. Huawei expects this figure to hit 100 million by the end of June.

Why is this even notable? As I’m sure you heard, Huawei has been blacklisted by the U.S. government, which means that it can no longer do business with U.S. firms like Google and Qualcomm that provide it with crucial software and hardware for its handsets. This blacklisting has triggered questions about Huawei’s ability to update its phones going forward. Not just with new Android versions, but with security fixes and more incremental updates as well.

By bringing a major new release of EMUI to its older handsets, Huawei is hoping to minimize those fears and demonstrate that it has the capacity to keep its customers’ devices updated.

“This demonstrates Huawei’s commitment to continuous upgrades that deliver more value to consumers, and providing regular security patches that protect individuals privacy and keeps devices secure,” Huawei told me.

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