everything you need to know about the Hua software update

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(Pocket Ribbon) – The next version of Huawei's software will be EMUI 11. Huawei's software numbering follows Android's, although on many of Huawei's most recent devices this will be the open-source Android core, rather than the full Google Mobile Services.

Here's everything you need to know about EMUI 11.

EMUI 11 release date

Announced in September 2020 Beta will roll out to specific devices from September 10

During the HDC opening speech, Huawei stated that the EMUI 11 update will be rolled out in beta form to a group of ten smartphones and tablets from September 10. With some Honor models to follow at a later date.

EMUI 11 features

Always on display

One of the most visual changes in EMUI 11 is the updated options in the Always-on display menu. Huawei has added a ton of new standby screen styles and it also offers a ton of customization options.

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Animate some of the new graphics for this always-on-display, like the new Paradox and Memphis graphics with geometric patterns and gradients, while the Mondrian-inspired option takes advantage of those iconic red, yellow and blue rectangles from Mondrian's famous abstract artwork. Except they don't have to be yellow, red and blue. They can be any color trio you like.

You can manually pick a threesome or take a photo of something nearby and it will pick the three primary colors from that image. You can even choose your own still image, or go for a gif and put a quirky little animation on it. Whatever your boat floats.

Updated animations

One of the emphasis Huawei wanted to place during its announcement was its investigation of human interaction and responses to animations, or audio and physical feedback from phones. That includes things like ringtones, beeps, animations, and even the haptic feedback from the vibration motor inside. With that in mind, it updated a whole host of those elements.

For example, if you go to the new calendar app and move between layers and navigate to specific views, the animations are designed to draw your eyes to the right part of the screen. The way things zoom in and adjust to fill the screen, or highlight certain elements, are made that way to make it easier to stay focused and not be distracted by screen clutter.

In addition, the motor's haptic vibration patterns have been updated to be more accurate and subtle as the vibration pattern matches the ringtone pattern.


Floating windows, floating windows everywhere. Okay, so not really, just a little.

EMUI 11 has brought a new way to load your apps and make them float across your screen. So if you are messaging someone and want to keep an eye on the chat while looking for some information, you can. The windows can be resized and you can shrink them down to a small floating button on the side of the screen, ready to be put back into action.

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To access, you just need to launch your recent apps view and tap the small floating window icon in the top corner of the app's thumbnail card, or – from the home screen – the edge panel from the side of the screen outwards to drag. Now just drag an app from that tab.

New live icons

We're all used to quick tiles and small icons for certain functions in the drop-down list at the top of the screen, but Huawei has been updated to make them Live Icons. That essentially means they have new animations when you press them to select them and activate their functions.

Huawei Share

With Huawei Share – or multi-screen collaboration – you can control your Huawei phone from a Huawei tablet or laptop. The latest iteration in EMUI 11 allows you to control more apps at the same time. Up to three even.

You can turn apps on your laptop into floating windows, drag and drop files from the phone to the laptop, and even edit those files directly on the laptop. You can even make and receive voice and video calls from the laptop using the computer's camera and microphone.

Document scanner

More of a small new feature than a big one, but now the Notepad app includes a scanner. So point your camera at a document in the Notepad app, tap to scan document, and then you can edit the text recognized from the document you just captured.

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Will my phone get the EMUI 11 update?

Huawei's phone line-up is quite divided right now, with some older devices running the full Google Android experiences, while newer devices don't provide access to Google but rely on Huawei Mobile Services.

The current list of Huawei devices receiving the EMUI 11 update only includes those phones that do not have the full Google Android software and services. Basically only phones and tablets launched from the end of 2019. The list is below:

Huawei P40 Huawei P40 Pro Huawei P40 Pro + Huawei Mate 30 Huawei Mate 30 5G Huawei Mate 30 Pro Porsche Design Huawei Mate 30 RS Huawei MatePad Pro Huawei MatePad Pro 5G Huawei Nova 7 (at a later date)

There will also be a full line of Honor devices getting the update, but not until a later date, but the list is much shorter:

All information and rumors about EMUI 11 so far

Here's everything that has been said so far about the EMUI 11 update in chronological order.

September 10, 2020: EMUI 11 is official

Huawei has officially unveiled its latest mobile operating system.

August 8, 2020: Twitter leak suggests Huawei Mate 40 Pro will have EMUI 11

Even Blass has shared details on upcoming Huawei devices on Twitter and has said the Mate 40 Pro is expected to launch with EMUI 11, while the Mate 40 (non-Pro) will have an earlier EMUI 10.x software version.

August 2, 2020: Huawei Developer Conference 2020 will talk about EMUI 11

The details for HDC 2020 include discussion of EMUI 11, as confirmed by Huawei on its own website. The conference will take place on September 10-12, 2020.

Written by Chris Hall. Editing by Cam Bunton.

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