Huawei recently announced the release of EMUI10 during the firm’s Developers Congress held on August 9, 2019 in Dongguan, China.
EMUI has enabled the connection among multiple devices as well as between devices and applications, and it will further improve the service experience in additional scenarios.
Unveiling EMUI10, Dr. Wang Chenglu, President of Software Engineering Department at Huawei Consumer Business Group, said that EMUI10 is pioneering distributed technology applications for providing an all-scenario experience. Its development has enabled scenario-specific applications such as audio and video calls in all scenarios, business tasks across devices, and smart vehicle-mounted devices.
At the conclusion of the launch event, Dr. Wang announced that an EMUI10 Beta version will be internally tested with Huawei P30 series and other models on September 8, 2019 and EMUI10 will be available on the next generation of Mate series devices.
At the moment, Huawei EMUI has more than 500 million daily active users (DAUs) in 216 countries, and supports 77 languages. Technological upgrades have been made over the past 7 years since the introduction of EMUI1.0 in 2012.
Statistics show that the user upgrade rates of EMUI8.0 and EMUI 9.0 reached 79% and 84% respectively while the number of users upgrading their phones to EMUI10 is expected to reach 150 million.
In recent years, Huawei has invested heavily in EMUI R&D to continuously boost system performance. GPU Turbo technology has improved the efficiency of graphics processing by 60%, while Link Turbo network aggregation technology lets smartphones access multiple networks like 4G and WiFi for network speed 70% faster than using 4G alone. Other innovations like the EROFS super file system improves Android’s random read by 20%, and additionally, the Ark Compiler also smooths third-party applications by 60%.
EMUI10 brings with it three key updates – that is UX design; an all-scenario ultimate experience; and a new standard of smooth operation.
EMUI10 adds a dark mode to bring more visual comfort. Human factors research revealed that a color’s brightness and saturation are perceived differently depending on a light or dark background. The dark mode optimizes both color contrast between texts and dark backgrounds as well as the color of texts and system icons, and the end result ensures the visual consistency, comfort, and legibility. More UX design features of EMUI10 will be disclosed at the EMUI UX design concept launch event on August 10.
EMUI10 adopts distributed technology to support HD video calls among multiple devices. Users can make audio and video calls whenever and wherever they are. If there is an incoming call, users can choose to answer using a smart speaker. Or if it is a video call, they can answer through a TV, vehicle-mounted device, or even send a real-time video feed from a drone so that friends and family can also enjoy the beautiful scenery. At work, a smartphone and computer can share screens so that data can be exchanged easily through drag-and-drop. Such a seamless experience is made possible by revolutionary distributed technology.
To implement distributed technology, the hardware capabilities of each device need to first be virtualized. In other words, what a device is capable of, such as in terms of its display, camera, microphone, or speaker, is not based on the device itself but rather a shared resource pool. In this way, each device can leverage needed functions or hardware capabilities from the resource pool or by sharing their capabilities with other devices. Therefore, for users and applications, different devices can be merged into one.
In addition to improve product experience, it also builds up a distributed all-scenario security system. It fortifies an in-depth security defense system by using in-house hardware and software, and uses a chip system architecture and system kernel as a foundation for security and trust. Only devices authenticated by the user can be connected to other user devices, and in addition, communication between devices is encrypted end-to-end to ensure absolute security of data transmission.
Huawei EMUI, previously called Emotion User Interface, is a custom mobile operating system that is based on Android that is embedded on most Huawei and Honor-branded smartphones. Huawei introduced Emotion UI 1.0, based on Android 4.0 in 2012. It featured a voice assistant app (available only in Chinese), customizable homescreens and theme-switching. After introducing other versions of the EMUI between 2012 and 2016, EMUI 8.0 was launched in 2018, skipping EMUI 6.0 and 7.0 to combine with Android versions, along with the Huawei Mate 10. In late 2018, EMUI 9.0 was unveiled for Huawei devices running Android Pie. It has since been upgraded to EMUI 9.1.