Huawei EMUI

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Huawei EMUI
Logo of Huawei EMUI.png
Screenshot
EMUI Screenshot.png
Screenshot of the EMUI in the Huawei Mate 10
DeveloperHuawei
Written inC, C++, Java
OS familyUnix-like, Modified Android
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source with proprietary components
Initial releaseEMUI 1.0
Latest releaseEMUI 9.1 (Android 9.0.0 Pie)
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/

Huawei EMUI, formerly known as Emotion UI, is a custom mobile operating system that is based on Android that Huawei uses on most Huawei and Honor-branded smartphone devices.[1][2]

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.[3] The company rolled out installation files for the Ascend P1 through their website.[4] The company claims that it is “probably the world’s most emotional system”.[5]

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).[6]

In late 2015, Huawei launched EMUI 4.0, with a redesigned interface based on Android 6.0, along with the Huawei Mate 8.[7]

In 2016, EMUI 5.0 was introduced, with the Huawei Mate 9.[8]

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.[9]

In late 2017, EMUI 8.0 was launched, skipping EMUI 6.0 and 7.0 to combine with Android versions, along with the Huawei Mate 10. This release emphasises different AI-capabilities.[10][11]

Version history[edit]

Version Android version Year of release Last stable release
Emotion UI 1.0 Android 2.3 - 4.3 2012 1.6
Emotion UI 2.0 Android 4.2 - 4.4 2013 2.3
EMUI 3.0 Android 4.4 - 5.1 2014 3.1
EMUI 4.0 Android Marshmallow (6.0) 2015 4.1
EMUI 5.0 Android Nougat (7.x) 2016 5.1
EMUI 8.0 [A] Android Oreo (8.x) 2017 8.2
EMUI 9.0 Android Pie (9.x) 2018 9.1
EMUI

10.0

Android Q (10.0) Unreleased
A EMUI 8.0 was launched skipping EMUI 6.0 and 7.0 to match the Android version.[12]

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. ^ "Huawei's Emotion UI drops the app drawer, adds beginner-friendly features to Android 4.0". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  4. ^ "Huawei shows off early version of Emotion UI for Android, packs a 'stock' skin too (hands-on)". Engadget. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "Huawei Launches Metal-Clad Ascend G7 With Android 4.4 KitKat at IFA". NDTV Gadgets360.com. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  7. ^ "Huawei announces Mate 8 in China, sporting Marshmallow and Kirin 950 processor". Android Central. 2015-11-26. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  8. ^ "What's new in EMUI 5?". Android Authority. 2016-11-04. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  9. ^ "Huawei will now bring over-the-air software updates only". www.gadgetmatch.com. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  10. ^ "Huawei announces Mate 8 in China, sporting Marshmallow and Kirin 950 processor". Android Central. 2015-11-26. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  11. ^ "Huawei EMUI 8: Definitely not the evolution we were hoping for - AndroidPIT". AndroidPIT. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  12. ^ "Huawei Is Skipping EMUI Version 6 And 7 To Introduce EMUI 8.0 - Gizmochina". Gizmochina. 2017-10-16. Retrieved 2018-01-08.