The next instalment in Huawei’s take on Android OS has been in development for a little while, and the company is about ready to release EMUI 10 to the world.
Shown off on stage at the Huawei Developer Conference 2019 keynotes by Dr Wang Chenglu, head of software engineering for the Chinese company, EMUI10 builds on the work Google has already done in Android Q, and adds in a heap of new features from Huawei too.
The most stunning feature shown off to the audience was a telepresence-type application where one EMUI10 user can share their screen, the scene captured by their camera and more in real time – across 3G / 4G / 5G carrier networks – with another EMUI10 user.
The demonstration used a drone equipped with a EMUI10-powered P30 Pro, flying around the Songshan Lake Huawei Campus which was displayed in real time on a Mate 20 Pro at the Dongguan Basketball Centre (and then on the big screen for the rest of us).
Other changes were more under the hood, and allowed Dr Wang to make the promise that a Huawei phone running EMUI10 would remain as fast as the first day it was powered on for 18 months out of the box, an experience that most Android phones would struggle to match. Could this be the end of the dreaded slowdown over time?
We haven’t been able to get hands-on with the new EMUI10 just yet, but our colleagues in the US have, and so with thanks to Android Authority, here’s some screenshots of the new EMUI10 taken yesterday:
The first users to know will be Huawei’s P30 Pro customers, who will be able to try out EMUI in public beta from September 8. Joining the P30 Pro in the first tranche of eligible phones will be:
- Mate 20
- Mate 20 Pro
- Mate 20 X
- Mate 20 Porsche Design
- Honor View 20 and Magic 2
There hasn’t been much said about other Huawei phones, but there was the suggestion from Dr Wang on stage that earlier Huawei devices may be upgraded too, including as far back as the Mate 10 lines and P20 series.
We’ll find out more about EMUI today as Huawei Developer Conference 2019 enters its first full day (after yesterday’s welcoming speeches) at Huawei’s Songshan Lake campus.