At IFA, Huawei unveiled EMUI 9 based on Android 9 Pie and announced that the beta program would go live today. EMUI 9 beta is available for the Huawei Mate 10/Pro, Huawei P20/Pro, Honor 10, Honor View 10, and Honor Play. The beta program opened up for limited numbers of users per country. Here’s what you need to know.
What’s new in EMUI 9
The gist of the update is that it brings a more streamlined user interface (fewer menus to go through) with an updated design. There’s also going to be a new gesture-based navigation system (which is distinct from Google’s default implementation in Android 9 Pie), but this new gesture control system isn’t yet available in the beta. Furthermore, Huawei has implemented their own take on Google’s Digital Wellbeing with parental controls built-in.
There are other optimizations in the software that supposedly improve performance as well as “GPU Turbo 2.0,” but we can’t really tell you how much the performance has really improved. The best way for you to find out is to update yourself and play around with it. In any case, here are some screenshots of the new user interface.
There are reportedly only 100 slots available for each country in the official beta test. That’s a big bummer considering how many people own these devices. If you would rather not wait to grab the update, FunkyHuawei.club managed to grab the beta update for the listed devices though there’s no guarantee the update will work. (The screenshots I posted were from a user who installed the beta on his P20 Pro.)
We wish Huawei had not closed down their bootloader unlocking program. There is an abundance of Android 9 Pie custom ROMs available that work on many Huawei and Honor devices. Given that few users will be eligible for the EMUI 9 beta, flashing a custom ROM or updating unofficially would be the only way for most users to experience Android Pie without having to wait months for the official release. Be sure to follow the XDA forum for your particular device as users figure out how to get the latest update unofficially.