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EMUI 1 to EMUI 11: Android Versions, Devices, Processors, Launch Dates and more



Finally, Huawei has begun to shift the Android-based EMUI to the HarmonyOS 2 operating system, which is designed for an all-scenario smart performance. Although the new OS brings a lot of new functionalities along with UI changes but still, users are still waiting for their terms to install this latest software.

Talking about the EMUI, this mobile skin working on Android interface exists since early 2012. Huawei launched this custom OS as “Emotion UI” and then switched this to a shorter version of “EMUI” after two major launched.

Following its initial introduction, the company seen EMUI as a major part of its software ecosystem that always brings new and interesting features for the consumers.

However, In 2019, the US Sanction forced Huawei has to stop collaborating with Google. This whole scenario later resulted in the withdrawal of Google Mobile Services (GMS) support from Huawei smartphones.


The transition from EMUI to HarmonyOS is currently taking its initial steps among China-based devices. So, even after the launch of HarmonyOS for smartphones, global consumers would still rely on EMUI.

From 2012 to 2020, EMUI shows a great evolution and gave many features that are still favored by users. And today, we’ll be going to see a sneak peek at some important information regarding the EMUI software system and its journey in Huawei smartphones.

Before that, I am going to show you guys a brief journey of the evolution of EMUI and will show you, which were the milestones in the history of EMUI custom skin.

Evolution of EMUI: custom skin, and corresponding Huawei device- 


EMUI 1.0:

Android 4.0 based EMUI 1.0 was launched with the Huawei P1 (U9200) smartphone powered by Texas Instruments 4460 chipset in January 2012.

EMUI 1.5:

EMUI 1.5 based on the Android 4.1 version was debuted with the Huawei D2 model, which was equipped with HiSilicon K3V2 in December 2012.

EMUI 1.6:


Huawei launched EMUI 1.6 version based on Android 4.2 in May 2015 with Huawei P6 smartphone featuring a HiSilicon K3V3E processor.

EMUI 2.0:

Huawei introduced the next major EMUI 2.0 version working on Android 4.3 with Honor models first. It comes pre-installed on Honor 3C equipped with MTK6582 in December 2013 and Huawei Mate 2 equipped with Kirin 910 SoC in March 2014.

EMUI 2.3:

EMUI 2.3 based on Android 4.4 was debuted in May 2014, and come pre-packed with the Huawei P7 smartphone powered by Kirin 910T chipset.


EMUI 3.0

It was the third major shift by Huawei initiated in September 2014. EMUI 3.0 based on Android 4.4 comes with Huawei Mate 7, featuring Kirin 925 mobile processor.

EMUI 3.1:

Android 5.0 based EMUI 3.1 custom skin debuted with the Huawei P8 smartphone model powered by Kirin 932 SoC in September 2015.

EMUI 4.0

Huawei brought the fourth major upgrade of EMUI mobile skin. EMUI 4.0, based on the Android 6.0 version unveiled with Huawei Mate 8, powered by Kirin 950 chipset in September 2015.


EMUI 4.1:

Android 6.0 based EMUI 4.1 version released pre-packed on Huawei P series flagship – Huawei P9, featuring Kirin 955 processer and it was revealed in April 2016.

EMUI 5.0

Huawei introduced EMUI 5.0 working on Android 7.0 OS in the last of 2016, November. It debuted with Huawei Mate 9 smartphone powered by Kirin 960 system chip.

EMUI 5.1:


EMUI 5.1 custom skin also based on the same Android version as the EMUI 5.0. It comes with the Huawei P10 device, equipped with Kirin 960 processor, and installed in February 2017.

EMUI 8.0:

It was the sixth major software version of EMUI mobile custom skin. The company skipped the EMUI 6 and 7 versions and directly jumped to EMUI 8.0 to match the exact version of Android. Android 8.0 based EMUI 8.1 featured on Huawei Mate 10 as well as Kirin 970 in October 2017.

EMUI 8.1:

EMUI 8.1 was based on Android 8.1 and made its way to the consumers with Huawei P20 and supported Kirin 920 mobile chipset platform. This EMUI version came in March 2018.


EMUI 8.2:

Android 8.1 based EMUI 8.2 installed on Honor Play smartphone equipped with Kirin 970 SoC in June 2018.

EMUI 9.0:

Huawei unveiled the Android 9.0 based EMUI 9.0 mobile skin in October 2018. This major upgrade arrives with Huawei Mate 20 smartphones and powered by the 7nm Kirin 980 chipset.

EMUI 9.1:


After 5 months of the last major update, Huawei installed the EMUI 9.1 (Android 9.0) in March 2019. It comes with Huawei P30 devices and equips Kirin 980 mobile SoC.

EMUI 10.0:

In September 2019, Huawei launched the next major update EMUI 10.0. This custom skin based on the AOSP Android 10 launched with Huawei Mate 30 equipped with Kirin 990 processor with 5G support.

EMUI 10.1:

Huawei P40 smartphone brings the EMUI 10.1 (Android 10) in April 2020. The phone and this software version was powered by Kirin 990 5G variant.



This last major shift debuted pre-installed with the Huawei Mate 40 smartphone in the October of 2020. The smartphone features the most latest 5nm Kirin 9000 series SoC with 5G connectivity.


Huawei P20 global users gets July 2021 security update



Huawei P20 Update

Huawei is releasing a new software update for the global consumers of the P20 device. This latest software rollout brings July 2021 security patch and comes with EMUI 10 version The July 2021 Huawei P20 security update is currently rolling out in Europe and may expand to more models soon. (via Huaweiblog)

Huawei P20 and P20 Pro are eligible to receive HarmonyOS 2.0 operating system upgrades in China. However, Huawei has not confirmed any such treatment for global users.

Coming back to this software update, the latest Huawei P20 series update is available to download via the following instructions. Visit, Settings > System & updates > Software update > CHECK FOR UPDATES. If an update is available for your model, click on “download and install” and the update package will be download.

However, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind while upgrading to the latest Huawei P20 July 2021 update. First, backup your important data, so you won’t lose any of it. Although, the upgrade procedure won’t erase your date but it’s recommended.


Maintain enough storage on your device to store the update package, and keep the phone charged sufficiently, so it won’t run out of power during the installation procedure.

Huawei P20 July 2021 update

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Huawei P20:

Launched in 2018, Huawei P20 and P20 Pro sports new AI-powered photography features. The Pro model is the first smartphone in the world to come with a triple camera system. In terms of software, Huawei P20 and P20 Pro come with EMUI 8.1 and after a number of major upgrades, the software version reached EMUI 10 (Android 10).



The latest rollout for the Huawei P20 lineup shows that the company still wants to keep the device study and provide better security as well as stable performance. Furthermore, this may be a step towards the global HarmonyOS opening? However, we’ll have to wait for more confirmation regarding this matter.

Until then, we’ll keep you posted.

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Huawei EMUI September 2021 Updates List



EMUI september 2021 updates

This month, Huawei released September 2021 EMUI security updates details ahead of time and continues to expand previously released patches. Currently, the rollout of June and July updates are on the move.

Last month, Huawei also revealed its new EMUI version – EMUI 12, but this new software remains under massive confusion or the global Huawei device owners. The EMUI 12 replicates the same feel of the HarmonyOS 2.0 user interface but clarification on its base software is still unsolved.

On the other hand, the Chinese tech maker is rapidly increasing the number of HarmonyOS powered devices, just recently, the company has crossed 90 million HarmonyOS installations in China alone.

This is quite an achievement, yet, it would be interesting if Huawei gives the same treatment for its global device owners that could further lead this number to new heights.


Amid these discussions, the wagon of regular EMUI software and security patches continues. Therefore, the Chinese phone maker keeps sending new upgrades to the Huawei phone users to improve their models.

With Huawei EMUI September 2021 Updates list, we will keep full track of all the security and feature-packed updates rolling out for Huawei devices in September 2021 and brief you about them.

EMUI September 2021 updates

Note: This list of devices will be regularly updated

Huawei EMUI September 2021 updates:

September 20, 2021:

  • Huawei Nova 5T getting September 2021 update rolling out after Huawei skips the August 2021 patch for this smartphone.
  • Huawei Watch GT 2 smartwatch getting new features additions with the first beta rollout. Read more about this news here.

September 19, 2021:

  • Huawei MediaPad M5 tablet was released in 2018 and now this device is getting new apps as well as feature enhancements in the global market.
  • Huawei Y9 2019 receiving new software update with new apps and security updates.
  • Honor 9X Pro and Honor 10 Lite getting new software updates in the global market that installs June and July 2021 software updates.

September 17, 2021:

  • New apps and features were released for the Huawei Nova 3i smartphone.

September 16, 2021:

  • Following the so-called patch rollout, the P30 Lite is also receiving the July 2021 security patch with the latest rollout.

September 15, 2021:

  • Huawei Watch GT 2 and Watch GT 2e grabbing a new software update in the global markets that brings new feature improvements for better performance.

September 14, 2021:

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro with EMUI 11 getting July 2021 security patch.

September 12, 2021:

  • New Firmware optimizations rolling out for the Huawei Watch GT 2 with September 2021 firmware update.

September 11, 2021:

  • Huawei FreeBuds Pro getting Super Device support in China.

September 10, 2021:

  • July 2021 security update is now rolling out for the Huawei Mate 10 Pro in the global market.

September 8, 2021:

  • Huawei P40 Lite 5G getting July 2021 security patch.

September 7, 2021:

  • Huawei P40 Lite getting July 2021 security patch for improved system security.

September 6, 2021:

  • Huawei Nova 3 gets a new update with a number of new apps and a May 2021 security patch, that improves system security and provides a new user experience.

September 3, 2021:

  • Huawei Band 6 Pro getting new optimizations for better performance.

September 2, 2021:

  • Huawei FreeLace Pro wireless neckband earphones receiving new Bluetooth optimizations.

September 1, 2021:

  • Huawei P30 Lite New Edition is receiving July 2021 security update for improved system security.
  • Honor 20 Youth Edition gets the first September 2021 security update.
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Huawei Nova 5T September 2021 update rolling out, skips August patch



Huawei Nova 5T

The 48MP AI quad rear camera phone – Huawei Nova 5T is receiving the September 2021 security update. This new rollout also makes the skip of the August security patch and it’s a really important step toward the phone’s security perspective by keeping it update to date.

According to Huaweiblog, the Huawei Nova 5T September 2021 security update comes with EMUI 11 version and a software package size of 174 megabytes. This software rollout is currently noted inside Germany (Europe) but may soon expand for more users.

This treatment is significant because it wasn’t even delivered to the flagship phones – Huawei P40 and Mate 40 series. However, the Chinese models with HarmonyOS 2.0 already completed such installation.

The latest Nova 5T EMUI 11 incremental update comes with several fixes for the security flaws in the system and allows users to safely keep all of the device’s data.


Huawei Nova 5T September 2021 update

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Nova 5T EMUI 12:

With these fast rollouts and releases, Huawei seemingly preparing the Nova 5T for the next major software update but there’s no official confirmation available on this matter at the moment.

Huawei Nova 5T:

This phone comes with a powerful hardware configuration that includes Kirin 980 processor, quad AI rear camera, a 32MP selfie camera, and more.

Huawei Nova 5T

How to download the Nova 5T:

You can download the latest Huawei Nova 5T update via Settings. To do this, open system settings, visit System & updates, thereafter, the users will have to push “Check for updates” followed by the corresponding update check. If an update is available, you can click “Download and Install”.


However, you must remember to keep a backup of your data to prevent the loss of important files on your device. Furthermore, keep an adequate level of battery backup on your phone to prevent battery outage during the installation. Once started, it may take some time to process the update and install it on the device.

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