The IFA 2018 trade show was pretty exciting as it saw a number of smartphone launches, right from the likes of LG to Motorola and Sony among others. But Huawei definitely stole the show with its announcements. Honor announced the Magic 2 smartphone, Huawei announced that the Mate 20 smartphone will be launched on October 16 in London, and it will run on Kirin 980 SoC, the world’s first 7nm chipset. Huawei also announced the EMUI 9 interface based on Android 9 Pie for Huawei and Honor devices.
EMUI 9 will focus on speed and simplicity, and will also bring a number of improvements related to performance, bug fixes, and visual changes too. The company also mentioned that it will bring Google’s Digital Wellbeing feature, faster gaming and a more streamlined UI. According to screenshots posted by AndroidCentral, the new UI comes with lighter colors, consistency in EMUI’s look and feel, visual changes for incoming calls and alarms to take advantage of large screen devices and more.
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EMUI 9 Beta: Compatible Huawei and Honor devices
Huawei also announced EMUI 9 Beta where select users will be able to test the software on their phones ahead of the official rollout. These include the Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P20, P20 Pro, Honor 10, Honor View 10, and Honor Play smartphones. As of now there is no word on when the beta program will be available, and in which regions. But if you are interested in testing the OS before others, continue reading the post.
How to sign up for EMUI 9 Beta on your Huawei or Honor device
The process is very simple. On your smartphone, head over to this page and download the “Friendly User Test” application — https://consumer.huawei.com/en/support/fut/
Next, install the app on your smartphone and run it. It will ask you to accept the terms and conditions, after which you will have to sign-up using your Huawei ID. In case you don’t have one, then you need to create one, and login.
After logging in, slide for the Personal Tab > Join Project > Available Projects.
If your region is supported, you will see the EMUI 9 beta program. Click on sign up and it will register you for the beta. I tried it on my Huawei P20 Pro, but no sign up option is available.
When the project becomes available, you will get an OTA update to get you started with Android 9.0 Pie-based EMUI 9.