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Huawei is making EMUI 9 – its most updated operating system – available for older model Huawei and Honor phones, including the Huawei Mate 9, Huawei P10, and Huawei P20. This will ensure all Huawei and Honor users can enjoy an even better and smoother user experience. EMUI 9 marks the second major version upgrade for previous generation Huawei phones.

In terms of user experience, configuration items in EMUI 9 have been reduced by 10%. The upgrade will also bring natural and immersive UX design, convenient one-hand operation and new gesture navigation.

Some of the specific benefits of EMUI 9 include:

  • Improving random read speed by up to 300 percent.
  • Refining app launch speed by more than 10 percent while the system is under heavy load.
  • Minimising the space the operating system uses by 2GB.
  • Reducing low-efficiency data re-reading and system lag caused by decompressing data.
  • Improving security, as third parties cannot violate the integrity of the system data.
  • Providing a clear boundary between icons and wallpaper, making icons easy to spot regardless of background design.
  • Enhancing the app icon design while making icons 10 percent bigger.
  • Minimising mistouches with a design of four apps in each row, instead of five.

Here are three ways to get the EMUI 9 upgrade on your Huawei or Honor device:

  • Go to Settings > Software Update on your device and follow the instructions.
  • Sign up for EMUI upgrades through the Huawei HiCare app.
  • Visit your nearest Huawei Service Centre (Melrose Arch in Jhb, Canal Walk in Cape Town, Somerset Mall in Somerset West and Mount Edgecombe Country Estate 2 in Durban).

The dates for EMUI 9 updates are: 

Model Month
P Smart, P 20 lite End of June
Mate 20 series July

EMUI 9 updates for other Huawei models will be announced soon.