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Huawei's Android 9 Pie-based EMUI 9.0 rolling out globally (Update: India, too!)

Based on Android 9 Pie, EMUI 9.0 includes new gesture controls, GPU Turbo 2.0, and much more.

Published onJanuary 11, 2019

huawei mate 20 pro

Update, January 11, 2019 (1:54PM EST): HONOR announced that the EMUI 9.0 update is rolling out to the HONOR 10, HONOR View 10, and HONOR Play in India. Don’t fret if you live in India and don’t get the update right away — the rollout will likely happen over the next few days and even weeks, so be patient.

Original article, December 19, 2018 (6:35PM EST): Huawei recently announced that its EMUI 9.0 Android overlay is rolling out to supported devices around the world.

In the next few days, EMUI 9.0 will roll out to the following devices:

The EMUI 9.0 update weighs around 4GB, so make sure you’re on a decent Wi-Fi connection. Those on the EMUI 9.0 beta can expect a smaller 770MB update to the stable release.

It’s time to experience #EMUI 9.0 on your favorite #HUAWEI device. If you own one of these devices, EMUI 9.0 will be with you very soon! Stay tuned.#HigherIntelligence #HUAWEIMate10 #HUAWEIMate10Pro #HUAWEIP20#HUAWEIP20Pro #HonorPlay #HonorView10 #Honor10
— EMUI (@HuaweiEMUI) December 18, 2018

Keep in mind that the list of supported devices may grow over time. Devices like the HONOR 8X, HUAWEI Mate 20 Lite, HONOR 8C, and similarly-new HUAWEI and Honor devices might also get EMUI 9.0 down the road.

Based on Android 9 Pie, EMUI 9.0 uses AI to increase the system response speed by 25.8 percent. HUAWEI also claims that EMUI 9.0 shortens app startup by 102ms and increases overall system fluency by 12.9 percent compared to EMUI 8.1.

What is EMUI? A closer look at HUAWEI’s Android skin

EMUI 9.0 also features GPU Turbo 2.0, the next iteration of HUAWEI’s game optimization software. HUAWEI claims that GPU Turbo 2.0 lowers touch delays by 36 percent and decreases hot spots temperature by up to 3.6 degrees Celsius compared to EMUI 8.1.

You’ll also find HUAWEI’s versions of certain Google features in EMUI 9.0. For example, Digital Balance and HiVision take clear inspiration from Digital Wellbeing and Google Lens, respectively.

Finally, EMUI 9.0 includes a gesture-based system and a more streamlined experience that cuts the number of menus down from 940 to 843.

If you have a HUAWEI or HONOR device that runs EMUI 9.0, let us know your experiences in the comments below!

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