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The original story (published October 30, 2021) follows:
Last year, Huawei sold its Honor sub-brand after the former was blacklisted by the United States. The company is now directly owned and controlled by the Chinese government.
While this came as a surprise to many, it meant Honor could still sell smartphones in the US and use Qualcomm hardware and Google software.
That said, in this tracker, we’ll be keeping an eye out for the upcoming EMUI 12 update for Huawei phones and Magic UI 5.0 update for Honor smartphones.
EMUI 12 tracking
Even after the United States banned Huawei in 2019, the Chinese company remains one of the biggest smartphone makers. Since they can no longer use Google’s Android, Huawei switched to its own operating system known as Harmony OS.
However, Huawei is not yet done with its Android skin, EMUI. The company recently released EMUI 12 bringing much-needed UI customizations and upgrades.
Huawei said the new version of EMUI will roll out to devices in the first half of 2022 with phone update plans dating back to 2018. The announcement was made during the APAC product launch on YouTube on October 28.
The live stream also revealed which phones will get the EMUI 12 update. Huawei’s latest UI focuses on a cleaner and minimalist user interface while the Device+ feature focuses on tight integration of Huawei products.
Huawei has also overhauled Quick Settings and introduced what it calls the “Control Panel” which will allow users to access everything with just a swipe. Another notable feature that the upgrade will bring is Huawei’s Distributed File System which will allow devices to share files seamlessly.
On that note, here is a list of eligible Huawei devices that will receive the update to EMUI 12.
– Mate 40 Pro
– P40 Pro+
– P40 Pro
– Mate XS
– Mate 30 Pro
– Companion 30
– P30 Pro
– Mate 20 Pro
– Mate 20 RS
– Companion 20 X 5G
– Companion 20 X
– Companion 20
– P20 Pro
– Mate 10 Porsche Design
– Companion 10 Pro
– Companion 10
– nova 7 SE
– nova 5T
– nova 4th
– Y9 Premier 2019
As EMUI 12 will start rolling out in the first half of 2022, we still have a few months ahead of us before its release. That said, we will track all EMUI 12 software updates including security patches in this section.
In the meantime, you can also check our dedicated EMUI 11 tracker to see which devices have been updated to the latest version.
Update 1 (November 11)
IST 1:47 p.m.: Huawei is reportedly launching the EMUI 12 Beta program in Europe and interested people with eligible devices such as the Huawei P40 series and Mate 30 series models can sign up.
Update 2 (November 29)
IST 4:54 p.m.: Huawei P30 Lite users might be disappointed to know that there is still no information regarding the EMUI 12 update for the device, as a report points out. So, it may take a few weeks or even months for the update to go live.
Update 3 (04 December)
STI 10:44: Huawei has reportedly started EMUI 12 beta testing for Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, however, it is currently available in limited markets.
Update 4 (December 15)
IST 4:50 p.m.: The Huawei Nova 7i is reportedly receiving the EMUI 12 beta update as version 220.127.116.11 for global models of the device. The software is being rolled out to users who have signed up for the FUT Test Program.
Update 5 (December 17)
IST 11:55 a.m.: Huawei Nova 7 5G is now receiving its first EMUI 12 beta update. It comes with EMUI 12 version 18.104.22.168 and an update size of 5.40 GB.
Update 6 (December 21)
IST 12:36 p.m.: New reports now indicate that the Huawei P30 series of devices are now receiving their first EMUI 12 beta update.
Update 7 (December 22)
IST 10:58: As Android 12 continues to go mainstream, many OEMs are doubling their offers and now Huawei is reportedly rolling out EMUI 12 beta for Huawei Nova 5T.
Likewise, the Huawei Mate 20 series of devices is receiving the first beta update to EMUI 12.
Update 8 (December 31)
STI 10:32 a.m.: Huawei is reportedly expanding the Huawei Mate 20 EMUI 12 beta program to include even more users as it works towards the stable release.
Update 9 (08 January)
10:09 a.m. (IST): Huawei is currently rolling out a stable EMUI 12 update for Mate 40 Pro users. The update can be identified with EMUI version 22.214.171.124.
Update 10 (January 10)
10:08 a.m. (IST): Huawei is currently rolling out a stable EMUI 12 update for Huawei Mate 40 Pro, P40, P40 Pro and Mate 30 Pro users. It should be noted that the update is currently only available to those who participated in the beta process.
Update 11 (January 21)
3:04 p.m. (IST): EMUI 12 stable update is rolling out for Huawei P40 series in Serbia. The update can be identified with version 126.96.36.199.
Update 12 (January 22)
3:05 p.m. (IST): Huawei is currently rolling out the stable EMUI 12 update for the Huawei P40 series in the UK. It can be identified with version 188.8.131.52 and comes with huge size of 5.8 GB.
Update 13 (January 24)
11:05 p.m. (IST): Huawei Mate 30 Pro users have started receiving the stable EMUI 12 update in Europe. The latest update has version number 184.108.40.206.
REMARK: This table is updated regularly.
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Tracking Magic UI 5.0
After breaking with its parent company Huawei, Honor wanted to make a name for itself and distinguish the user interface of its smartphone. And it looks like the Shenzhen-based company is finally doing it.
Rumor has it that Honor is working on its own Android skin, Magic UI 5.0. The leak comes from popular digital chat station leakster. However, it is very unlikely that the new version will be based on Android 12 since the leak was made in April.
#DigitalChatStation Huawei’s next new phone is running Hongmeng OS, and Honor’s new phone is running MagicUI 5.0 based on the bottom layer of Android 11. Some models before Honor’s split have tested Hongmeng internally, but these are not quite good.
Honor recently released the Honor 50 and Honor 50 Lite, their first smartphones after its separation from Huawei. Unsurprisingly, the phones come with Google Mobile Services, allowing Honor to continue where it left off two years ago.
We will add the list of eligible devices or table once Honor confirms which devices will receive the update.
In the meantime, you can check our dedicated Magic UI 4.0 tracker to see which phones have received the update.
Featured image source: Huawei
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