Huawei has released an updated version of EMUI 10, dubbed EMUI 10.1. In September last year, the company launched its Android 10-based EMUI 10 custom skin. It enables a seamless and connected experience to avail yourself across devices in all scenarios. Most of Huawei’s flagships, mid-rangers, and even some entry-level devices have already received the EMUI 10 update. Currently, more than 100 million devices around the globe have received the update. Now, EMUI 10.1, which is the latest version of Huawei’s Android skin, will start rolling out to all eligible phones. It brings Huawei Share, the latest themes, MeeTime, Multi-Device Control Panel, Cross-Device Photo Gallery, and more.
EMUI 10.1 Update Tracker
In this section, you will know when your Huawei phone will get EMUI 10.1.
April 7, 2020: The EMUI 10.1 OTA with version V10.1.0.118 has arrived in China on Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. Your device must run on version V10.0.0.221 to be eligible for the latest update. The Huawei Mate 30 Series users registered for the beta testing have also started getting the EMUI 10.1 update with version V10.1.0.119.
March 31, 2020: In China, the closed beta recruitment for Mate 20/ 20 Pro/ 20 RS Porsche Design/ 20 X 4G and Huawei Nova 6/ 6 5G/ 6 SE has started. The recruitment will open until April 6, 2020. The MatePad Pro, M6 10.8, M6 8.4, and M6 Turbo Edition have also started getting the internal beta update.
Mid-April 2020: The open EMUI 10.1 beta for Huawei P30/ P30 Pro, Mate 30 4G/ 5G/ RS Porsche Design, and Mate 30 Pro 4G/ 5G will start rolling out from mid-April. Also, the Huawei Nova 5 Pro will get the closed beta update.
Late April 2020: The closed beta recruitment will begin in late April for Mate 20 X 5G, Mate Xs, Mate X, Nova 5, Nova 5i Pro, Nova 5z, and Enjoy 10S.
March 26, 2020: Huawei has unveiled Huawei P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro Plus. All of them come pre-installed with EMUI 10.1 Android-based skin. They are also eligible for the upcoming Android 11, which will probably be based on EMUI 11.
April 2020: The upcoming Huawei Nova 7, Nova 7 Pro, and Nova 7 SE may also arrive with the latest EMUI 10.1 version. The Nova 7 lineup is expected to be announced in April 2020.
How to Register in the EMUI 10.1 Beta Program?
- Head over to this link to download the Huawei beta user app.
- Install the app and launch it.
- Sign in to your account using your Huawei ID, or you can Sign up using your email ID and mobile number.
- In the bottom navigation menu, you will see the “Personal” option; click on it.
- Go to the Join Project > Available Project.
- Now, hit the Signup button to join the project.
- If you are eligible, then you will get a HOTA upgrade notification.
List of EMUI 10.1 features
- New Assistant Celia
- Huawei Meetime
- Cross-device photo gallery
- Improved Always on Display
- Multi-device control
- Huawei Music, News, and Video services
New Assistant Celia:
Since Huawei can’t really use Google’s mobile services, they are going to replace those services with their very own Huawei Mobile services. One of the new things we will see with EMUI 10.1 that comes with these new services includes a new assistant called Celia. The user needs to call out, “Hey, Celia,” and it will be activated. By just calling out to the assistant, one can assign various tasks to it. This includes asking questions, setting alarms, sending messages, calling someone, identifying objects on the screen, and so on.
Since Huawei phones will be missing out on Google Duo, they have developed their very own Video calling service called Meetime(which sounds quite similar to Facetime). Now, this new service won’t be just limited to Huawei phones, though, and anyone willing to use it can download it on their device. Now, this comes with a bunch of features, too, which include Full HD 1080p video calls, a low light mode for better quality calling in dim environments, and the most unique screen sharing. Now, users can make video calls via their Huawei Vision smart TV and Sound X speaker. This screen-sharing feature is not even available on Google Duo, so this is actually an improvement.
Cross-device photo gallery:
Huawei did not limit cross-device usage for video calling only as their new photo gallery also works on different devices simultaneously. It can be a smart TV, a tablet, a phone, or anything that is connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and users can just type in keywords to look through their photo gallery on any of their devices.
Improved Always on Display:
A feature that will be liked by many in EMUI 10.1 is probably going to be the always-on display. It comes with new themes and 3D designs with better-optimized battery consumption.
With EMUI 10.1, we will also see the multi-window feature. There will be a side tray that can be accessed by swiping from the sides, and the user will see access here to certain apps and tools. Selecting any app will open up that app in a separate window. One can even select and drag pictures and texts from one window to another right away. There will also be a floating window feature where users can respond to messaging apps through a floating window. When a user taps on a messaging app notification, rather than completely going into the app, it will open up a floating window, which the users can use to respond without moving out from the app they are currently using.
This is a new feature that will come in real handy for users who have multiple smart devices set up around their workplace or place. EMUI 10.1 will give the users the liberty to use these devices directly from the mobile device. To access this control panel, the user needs to swipe from the right or left bottom corner, and it will bring up a control panel to add new devices or control the already connected devices.
Huawei Music, News, and Video services:
Huawei has teamed up with a number of services to provide their users with the liberty of accessing all kinds of music, news, and videos. They have teamed up with Universal Music, Napster, and Warner Music Group for music; News UK, The Times, The Sun, and talkSPORT for news; Discovery, FilmBox, eOne, BBC News, Youku, Lionsgate, Universal, Paramount, and Sony, etc for video content.
These Huawei phones will receive EMUI 10.1
Talking about eligible devices for the latest EMUI 10.1, Eligible Huawei Mate Series phones include Huawei Mate X, Mate Xs, Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X 4G, Mate 20 X 5G, Mate 20 RS Porsche Design, Mate 30 Pro, Mate 30 Pro 5G, Mate 30, Mate 30 5G and Mate 30 RS Porsche Design. Eligible Huawei Nova Series phones include Nova 5z, Nova 5, Nova 5i, Nova 5 Pro, Nova 5i Pro, Nova 6, Nova 6 5G and Nova 6 SE/7i. Huawei P30 and P30 Pro from P Series will also receive the update. Other eligible devices include Enjoy 10S, MatePad Pro, MediaPad M6 10.8, MediaPad M6 8.4 and MediaPad M6 Turbo Edition.