Chinese electronics giant Huawei on Friday announced that its Android Pie-based custom operating system (OS) — EMUI 9.0 is rolling out on the “P20 Pro” and “Nova 3” smartphones with a new user interface (UI) and full-screen gestures as an over-the-air (OTA) firmware update from next week in India. Huawei EMUI, formerly known as “Emotion UI”, is the user interface that the Chinese smartphone maker uses on its devices and Honor series. Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone, the Mate 20 Pro already comes with Android 9 Pie out of the box. Sadly, the Huawei Nova 3i is left out from the list of devices getting EMUI 9.0 update.
The OS comes with India-specific features like support for up to 22 Indian languages, customised Indian calendar, deep integration of apps like Paytm to provide greater convenience to the consumer while making payments, the company said in a statement.
The updated EMUI 9.0 would bring a 12.9% faster performance, quicker app launch and capabilities like consolidated menus, unified design language, gesture-based navigation and on-device Artificial Intelligence( AI), the company said in a statement. EMUI 9.0 is reaching users with password vault, digital balance dashboard, multiple backup options, one-handed controls and improved Huawei Share features, the company added.
The smartphone player has also introduced the “GPU Turbo 2.0” in EMUI 9.0 which is the second generation graphics processing acceleration technology.
Huawei’ sub-brand Honor already rolled out EMUI 9.0 update based on Android 9 Pie to Honor Play, Honor View 10 and Honor 10 smartphones in India. Honor’s rollout began last week, while Huawei has started the rollout this week. In other news, Huawei is expected to launch the Nova 4 smartphone in India next month, while Honor is prepping for the launch of Honor View 20 handset in India on January 29. The View 20 boasts a punch hole camera on the front, which is one of the key design trends in 2019.