The Honor 6X launched at CES 2017 without Android 7.0 Nougat, and the latest version of Huawei and Honor’s software overlay, EMUI 5.0. It shocked quite a few people, but Honor said that they would roll out the update within the first half of the year, and have a beta out in the first quarter. They kept to that word, and today announced that the Honor 6X is getting Android 7.0 Nougat right now. And with that update, EMUI 5.0 comes along for the ride.
Android 7.0 Nougat is a pretty big update to itself, but the update from EMUI 4.1 to 5.0 is an even bigger one. Huawei and Honor have drastically changed the design of EMUI with EMUI 5.0. Gone are the teal colors, and here are the black and blue colors, with mostly a white interface. EMUI 5.0 also simplifies a lot of things, making it easier to get to things in the settings. For instance, on EMUI 4.1, to find the battery stats you would need to go into the Advanced Settings, then tap on Battery. Now in EMUI 5.0, it’s available in the main settings section of the device. Making it easier to find. Huawei said that they made a lot of the most commonly used settings easier to find with EMUI 5.0, because that was a big complaint from their users. Another big change is the fact that the stock launcher now has the ability to add an app drawer.
App Twin is also making its way over to the Honor 6X in this update. What this feature allows you to do is to essentially have two versions of the same app on your device and running at the same time. This works for a couple of apps, like Facebook, WhatsApp and WeChat. Currently, if you have two accounts on WhatsApp, you’d have to sign out of one and into the other. With App Twin, you can use both accounts at the same time. It’s not going to be a hugely popular feature, but it is a nice one to have around.
The update to Android Nougat and EMUI 5.0 is rolling out right now. Honor 6X users should be able to head into their Settings, tap on About Phone and then Check for Updates and pull down the update today. It’ll be rolling out to everyone in the next few days. This is going to be a huge update, so you’ll want to be sure you are connected to WiFi before attempting to download the update.