18 October 2018
Huawei also announced EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie at the IFA, along with some hardware announcements, including the AI Cube. The new software will embrace Mate 20 series which will be officially launched in October.
The EMUI 9.0 based upon Android 9 Pie brings improved performance, faster gaming, a streamlined UI, digital wellbeing features, and visual improvements. There are new fullscreen visuals for alarms and incoming calls.
Huawei quotes 12.9% smoother operation on the new version, with app load times up 12% in Instagram, 16% in Amazon and 11% in Spotify compared to EMUI 8. Huawei also claims faster gaming via the EMUI 9.0.
Huawei says with the all-new EMUI 9.0 software, it wants to offer “Simple,” “Enjoyable,” and “Consistent” experience. First off, the number of options in the Settings menu has been reduced to just 843 compared to the 940 from the past version of the software. Not every user digs into these Settings but those who do will find it less overwhelming than before.
Also, the menu tabs have now been positioned at the bottom of the display rather than the top. This improves the user experience to a great extent as the tall phones are coming and it would become easy to access it with one hand only.
With the EMUI 9.0, Huawei also brings the new gesture navigations so as to provide a better navigation and quick access to some options, including the AI assistant. Some of the gestures are – a swipe up from the bottom bezel opens the recent apps menu and a swipe inwards from the left bezels goes back.
It should be noted that the beta applications have already started but this new gesture navigation system doesn’t seem to have been enabled in the beta.