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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 EMUI January 2023 Updates List



Huawei EMUI

January 2023 is on and Huawei is rolling out new EMUI software updates for smartphones. In addition, there is a bunch of information surrounding us this month and expectations.

In the first week, Huawei published EMUI 2023 security update details and fixed 4 issues in critical condition, 24 vulnerabilities in high, and 7 issues in the medium level.

In the meantime, Huawei began this month by rolling out January 2023 security update for Huawei Nova 7 smartphone in the global market. The upgrade is there with major security improvements. This firmware will seed more flaghip smartphones in the coming month.

Meanwhile, Huawei EMUI 12 is expanding for some old models but some are still far away.



This year brought in a lot of expectations for Huawei smartphone users and the EMUI 13 is one of them. The company has still not shared the EMUI 13 roadmap for the eligible devices.

Also, the EMUI 13 is not in the sight of beta activity, which, we are eagerly waiting for. Still, the January 2023 window is open for us to wait for the next part of this upgrade procedure. EMUI 13 brings a lot of new features and it would be interesting to see this release trigger this month.

Below you can check all of the software updates rolling out this month and stay up to date:

Huawei EMUI

January 31, 2023:

  • Huawei began to rollout January 2023 security update for a number of flagship devices including Huawei P40, P40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro in the global market that comes with EMUI security improvements.

January 28, 2023:

  • We’re about to close this year, and Huawei is now rolling out a new software update with EMUI version for 3 years old Honor Play 3e smartphone. The update installs new optimizations for WiFi and system stability. This update is also noted on old Honor and Huawei devices.

January 21, 2023:

  • Huawei is sending a brand new software upgrade for the P50 Pro smartphone with EMUI 12 and build version

January 18, 2023:

  • Huawei P30 Pro getting December 2022 security update in Europe. Read more here.

January 16, 2023:

  • Huawei P50 Pro is getting a new patch in the global market that brings it display optimizations for a better user experience.

January 14, 2023:

  • In a surprising event, Huawei P30 Pro users are now gaining access to brand new software and a package size of 228 megabytes. This update brings a security patch released in December 2022.

January 13, 2023:

  • Huawei P30 Lite grabs a new firmware with EMUI 12 version and it will install the latest security patch for this smart device.

January 12, 2023:

  • Huawei Nova Y90 is getting a new software patch with display improvements and it has a small size.

January 9, 2023:

  • Huawei is expanding this super large software update for the Mate 50 Pro global version with EMUI build version. It brings new improvements for cameras, networks, apps, audio, and system along with security.

January 7, 2023:

  • The first January 2023 EMUI security update began to rollout for Huawei phones and Nova 7 is the first to receive this patch in the line with EMUI

January 5, 2023:

  • Huawei Nova 10 and Nova 10 Pro are the latest Huawei Nova series devices to get a new software update with EMUI version However, this update doesn’t bring anything else than the patch itself.

January 2, 2023:

  • Huawei Nova Y90 smartphone is getting December 2022 EMUI security update with EMUI version build. The update will improve the phone’s capability against dangerous threats.
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January 2023 update out for global Huawei P40 series and Mate 40 Pro



Huawei P40 Series January 2023 Update

January 2023 security update began to rollout for the global model of the Huawei P40 series and Mate 40 Pro smartphone to bring up more security for these EMUI 12 powered devices.

According to the information, the latest security patch brings improvements to the smartphone and software capability. On the other hand, the January 2023 security update with a build version of for the Huawei P40 series and Mate 40 Pro.

However, there are no other major changes mentioned in the changelog. On the flip side, the January 2023 EMUI security patch fixes 4 issues in critical condition, 24 vulnerabilities in high mode, and 7 issues in the medium level. On the other hand, the security patch also includes fixes CVEs that were included in the December 2022 EMUI security updates.

Huawei has already seeded January 2023 security patch on EMUI 12 powered P50 Pro and the Nova 7 5G. Such software updates are essential to the smartphone and it’s suggested that the corresponding models download the latest available firmware.


EMUI 13:

Aside from the security patch, Huawei’s top flagship smartphones are waiting for the EMUI 13 software update, which is packed with new features. However, Huawei has not released any information on this matter.

Huawei P40 Series January 2023 Update

How to update:

Huawei P40 series and Mate 40 Pro users can download the latest software update by visiting the software update section, opening up Settings > tapping on System & update > clicking Software updates > and CHECK FOR UPDATES.

You should know that this update will not delete your personal data and we suggest that you back up all important data before updating.

If you face any issues during the update, call the Huawei customer hotline or visit a Huawei customer service center. The update package will be automatically deleted after the update is complete.


Huawei P40 and Mate 40 Pro are one of the last Huawei flagships to feature 5G functionality. These Huawei phones will have to wait just a little bit longer to get the latest EMUI version.

(Via – Huaweiailesi)

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EMUI update for Honor Play 3e installs improvements



honor play 3e

Huawei is rolling out an EMUI update for the Honor Play 3e smartphone that comes with a number of new optimizations for a better user experience.

For your information, Honor Play 3e was launched in 2019 and it’s a handy device that is packed with a 5.71-inch screen with a hole punch design, a 3020mAh battery, a single rear 13MP camera, and a 5MP selfie camera.

Despite the fact that the phone is still running EMUI 9.1 and the company keeps on sending new software updates for the Honor Play 3e, which is quite impressive.

Honor Play 3e with model KSA-AL10  is getting a new software update with EMUI to build version, upgrading from EMUI The changelog reveals that the phone is getting a new Petal Light Tour app as well as new network optimizations as well as system stability improvements for Honor Play 3e.


Honor Play 3e

To be mentioned, this is not the only old smartphone to get these new improvements as there are other EMUI 9.1 devices incorporated with such ability.

Below you can check the changelog:


  • Added a quick download icon for the Petal Light Tour app, click it to download and use it directly. Note: If the “Automatically update apps” in the app market is set to “On” or “Only under Wi-Fi”, it will be updated according to the network.


  • Network conditions automatically download applications, no need to click)


  • Optimize system stability in some scenarios.

Below you can check the update notes:

  • Make sure you phone is not rooted. You can upgrade to EMUI via OTA.
  • This update is rolling out in batches and users who have not received it yet, please wait patiently.
  • This update will not delete your data, but it is still recommended that you back up all important data to the PC or the cloud (please do not back up to the internal storage space of the phone) before the upgrade, and confirm that the backup content is complete and valid.
  • After the upgrade, the system will perform self-optimization, which may cause the phone to generate some heat, fast power consumption, freezing, or slow charging. It will return to normal after 2-3 days. It is recommended to charge the phone with the screen off for over 2 hours after the upgrade is complete (it is best to charge it overnight with the screen off), and then restart the phone to ensure that the mobile phone application is quickly adapted.
  • After the update is complete, the system will restart, please wait patiently for about five minutes.
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