After announcing Android 9 Pie based EMUI 9.0 update for nine devices, Huawei has now announced the launch of a beta program for 11 more devices, thus expanding the catalogue of Huawei smartphones which run on Google’s latest mobile OS.
The list of devices includes a bunch of smartphones from last year as well as a few launching earlier this year. EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9 Pie will be available for beta participants who are currently using the Mate 9, Mate 9 Pro, Mate 9 Porsche Design, Huawei P10, P10 Plus, Nova 2S, Nova 3, Honor Note 10, Note 9, Honor V9 and MediaPad M5.
The beta program is currently limited to the Chinese market and we can expect the global update to come as fully stable. Huawei will allow beta packages to be downloaded only if a device falls under the model number specified after which it’ll check whether the device is fully updated to the latest firmware and is unrooted. There will be limited slots to be filled by each handset, meaning Huawei doesn’t want to cripple more devices with its untested beta release.
To recall, EMUI 9.0 was released in September during the IFA 2018 and comes with controls inside the interface have been minimised considerably and a new Nature UX which enables a minimal style UI through natural sounds and colours. The interface will employ a new gesture setup for task-switching and features the new and improved GPU 2.0 which works on newer algorithms to minimises the power required by a game for a lag-free performance.
Huawei has promised 12.9 percent better performance in the latest version of EMUI with better app load times of at least 10 percent compared to the EMUI 8. Huawei has also built its own version of Digital Wellbeing with means to track your usage, limit the time you use an app for and a wind-down mode for a Gray-scale display during the night, similar to what Google introduced in Android 9 Pie.
EMUI 9.0 has already made its way to the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, Mate 10 Porsche Edition, Mate RS Porsche Design, P20, P20 Pro, Honor 10, Honor V10 and Honor Play. With the latest beta program, the update will be seeded to 11 more Huawei devices.