In a little over two weeks, Huawei will launch its much-anticipated Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro smartphones at an event in London. Among other features, the duo is all but confirmed to come with Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box, with Huawei’s latest EMUI 9.0 overlay baked on top.
Announced at IFA 2018, EMUI 9.0 has been available as beta for certain Huawei and Honor smartphones for quite a while now. However, it seems that the software has already been finalized, for at least some Huawei smartphones.
Citing a source, a report by GSMArena has claimed that some units of the Mate 10 Pro, Huawei’s 2017 flagship, have already started receiving EMUI 9.0 based on Android Pie. The update is reportedly rolling out to Mate 10 Pro units sold in Europe, which are already on Android Oreo, and have model identifiers BLA-L09 and BLA-L29.
The report further adds that EMUI 9.0 introduces a new gesture-based setup for multi-task switcher, as well as version 2.0 of GPU Turbo, a feature that’s said to enhance gaming performance in (some) Huawei and Honor smartphones.
Some other features included with the update are Advanced Battery (with AI optimizations), built-in support for display notches, Adaptive Brightness, and a slightly redesigned volume control slider. Of course, the usual security and performance improvements are included in the mix as well. The update package is available in two versions – BLA-L09C432E4R1P8B108 and BLA-L29C432E4R1P8B108 – and measures around 2.2GB in size.
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We can expect more information about EMUI 9.0, as well as Huawei’s detailed Android Pie rollout schedule, at the company’s upcoming Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro launch event.