Huawei announced its latest EMUI 9 custom ROM based on Android 9.0 Pie on Saturday. The new UI will make its full debut onboard the Mate 20 which is expected to be announced next month. However, the company has commenced the roll out of a beta version of the EMUI 9 for certain Huawei and Honor models.
Details released by the company indicate that the EMUI 9.0 beta program is open for Huawei Mate 10, Mate 20 Pro, Huawei P20 and P20 Pro. The Honor models include the Honor 10, Honor View 10 and Honor Play. This isn’t restricted to China so, if you own any of the listed models, head over to Huawei’s Friendly User Test page where you’ll need to download the beta app and then sign up for an account before applying to join the program. Since this is a beta version, though, not all features will work properly. There may likely be bugs which beta testers are expected to report when detected in the course of usage.
EMUI 9.0 comes with some changes in the UI which Huawei says makes it “Simple, Enjoyable and Consistent.” The changes include new gesture controls which aid users to quickly navigate, multitask and open the AI assistant. There is also a new password manager capable of auto-filling passwords using ID verification from the fingerprint scanner or via facial recognition. The settings menu wasn’t spared as the items there have been trimmed down. EMUI 9 also comes with GPU Turbo 2.0 which reduces the touch response of the phone by 36% and adds a new app assistant. This new GPU 2.0 feature will support four more games: Vainglory, Arena of Valor, Rules of Survival, and NBA 2K18. These are in addition to PUBG and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang which also carries support for the second generation version of GPU Turbo.