Shortly after the new P30 and P30 Pro smartphones came into existence, Huawei has started rolling out an update to its P10 device and this time brings Google’s latest Android Pie interface to the two-year-old flagship.
The update comes precisely five months after the Chinese company started beta testing EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9 Pie on the P10 for its beta participants. The latest update weighs a little over 3GB and brings Android Pie onto the Huawei P10 which initially came running Android Nougat 7.0 based EMUI 5.1 in February 2017 and then received an update to Android Oreo around the same time last year.
EMUI 9.0 will employ a new gesture setup for task-switching. Swiping up from the centre on the bottom chin will get back to the home screen or lead you to the Recent apps menu while swiping from the left will take you back to the previous screen. There’s also 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. The new Password Vault will store all your usernames and passwords under one roof and can only be accessed through facial recognition or the fingerprint scanner.
Alarms and incoming calls will now take advantage of the whole screen while the Settings app displays artistic illustrations in each section. In terms of apps, Huawei’s own apps will soon feature tabs and controls at the bottom part of the screen which is the easiest place to access, however large a smartphone is. This will thus allow room for one-handed navigation across the entire interface and will go well with new swiping gestures on the home screen which will bring up the navigation panel.
Apart from rolling out Android Pie to the P10, Huawei has also introduced a slew of products in Paris including new Watch GT editions, FreeLace neckbuds, FreeBuds Lite and a pair of smart glasses. The Chinese company has also announced the cheaper Huawei P30 Lite with 32MP selfie camera and triple rear cameras.