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HUAWEI P40 series gets new EMUI update with 'Smart Eye Tracking' feature

The new update also improves night-time selfies.

Published onJune 26, 2020

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Update, June 26, 2020 (2AM ET): HUAWEI is reportedly rolling out the EMUI update for the HUAWEI P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus. It brings upgrades to the Super Night Portrait Mode 3.0 so you can click more detailed and natural selfies at night.

It also adds a feature called Smart Eye Tracking to the front camera. As per the changelog, the feature lets you “quickly and intelligently track human eyes” when taking a photo or video with the front camera at close range or from a distance.

Lastly, HUAWEI has also introduced a new “ring light compensation” feature for those who use ring lights to record videos on their HUAWEI P40 phones. The feature will enhance lighting when taking videos using a ring light from the front camera.

You can see the complete changelog of the update below.

Original article: Welcome to the HUAWEI P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro Plus update hub. Here, you’ll find all the latest information about software updates for the HUAWEI P40 series, including their current versions, and when future updates are likely to arrive.

Keep in mind that updates for the HUAWEI P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro Plus are expected to roll out at the same time.

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HUAWEI P40, P40 Pro, P40 Pro Plus updates

  • Current stable version: EMUI 10.1 based on Android 10 for UK, Europe, and Chinese HUAWEI P40 series handsets.
  • When will the HUAWEI P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro Plus get EMUI 11 based on Android 11?: September-October 2020 (estimated)

HUAWEI launched the three HUAWEI P40 flagships on March 26, 2020. The HUAWEI P40 and P40 Pro went on sale globally on April 7. The HUAWEI P40 Pro Plus will go on sale in June 2020.

Both the P40 and P40 Pro launched with EMUI 10.1 based on Android 10. Like most flagships, these phones are expected to receive two major software updates in their lifetime.

The P40 series doesn’t have any of the familiar Google apps or the Google Play Store owing to the ongoing US ban. Instead, the phones feature HUAWEI Mobile Services and the HUAWEI App Gallery.

The first update for the HUAWEI P40 and P40 Pro landed on April 8, one day after the phones went on sale. According to HUAWEI Central, the update brought the March 2020 security patch to the phones. It also added a Golden Snap feature to the camera which chooses the best shot based on facial and posture recognition. The mode also captures moving pictures in 4K and helps you edit out extra people.

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In addition, the first update also optimized the video recording feature, added the Sound Booster and Find My Phone features, optimized fingerprint unlock, and enhanced overall performance of the phones.

A second update for the HUAWEI flagships reportedly landed on April 20. The OTA is 711MB in size and updates the P40 and P40 Pro to EMUI version It added a new AI 50MP camera mode. With this mode, the 50MP camera on the phones takes a bunch of images and combines them into one for better quality shots. The update also added a new condensed color scheme clock style for the Always-on Display and brought other display and system stability improvements.

In May, the HUAWEI P40 and P40 Pro got the EMUI version update. It added a telephoto picture-in-picture preview interface to the phones. The feature makes it easier to see what you’re zooming into while clicking photos with the telephoto lens by adding a preview window to the camera app. This preview interface pops up when you zoom 15x or more.

On June 10, the company rolled out EMUI version to the HUAWEI P40 series. The updated added a new Petal Search app on the phones to help users find apps that aren’t available on the HUAWEI AppGallery.

To update your HUAWEI P40 device, open Settings and head to System & updates > Software update > Check for updates > Download and install.

Let us know which HUAWEI P40 update you’re rocking in the comments, and if you’ve spotted a recent update we’ve missed, tip us!

Looking for another device update? Head to our general Android 10 tracker.

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