Huawei, like many others, doesn’t implement a clean version of Android on its phones and tablets. It created a software overlay known as EMUI to differentiate Huawei-branded devices from everything else. EMUI has come a long way, but it still looks a bit dated depending on who you ask. The software overlay is enjoyed in Asia and parts of Europe; however, most U.S. consumers can’t stand EMUI. With the latest release of EMUI, Huawei won’t be changing too much visually.
The Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI 6 has leaked with full screenshots being posted online to show what’s new for Huawei’s software overlay.
It’ll ship with all of the popular features Google introduced on Oreo. That means EMUI 6 has notification dots, picture-in-picture mode, adaptive icons, Google Play Protect, and more. But Huawei will be adding its own pieces to the foundation. Huawei would like its hardware to have unique software, so EMUI 6 brings a few new features as well. And they’ll all debut in 2017 on the upcoming Mate 10.
Here’s what’s new on EMUI 6:
- Switch between screen resolutions manually or automatically
- Hide on-screen navigation bar until swiping up from bottom
- Replace on-screen navigation bar with on-screen navigation dock, controlled by gestures
- Support for Substratum themes
So it’s not actually a big change from EMUI 5 to EMUI 6. A lot of the things Huawei is doing can only be noticed by developers working behind the scenes. Still, Huawei has definitely incorporated Oreo and not many companies can say the same. It’s even embracing Project Treble, which is Google’s way of speeding up software updates across all Android devices. Huawei phones with Project Treble should get software updates quicker than before while staying supported longer.
Expect to see the Huawei Mate 10 launch on October 16, and that’s when EMUI 6 also debuts.