What is EMUI? Complete Details of Huawei’s Android skin.

What is EMUI? Complete Details of  Huawei’s Android skin: EMUI was first introduced in version 1.0  on December 30, 2012 for the Ascend P1. 

At that time, the user interface was still called “Emotion UI” (Emotion User Interface). From UI version 3.0 Huawei  has decided to officially use only the short form EMUI and drop the original name. 

The latest version of the skin is currently EMUI 9.1, which made its debut on the Huawei P30 Pro series. It’s a minor upgrade over EMUI 9.0 that was announced alongside the Mate 20 series and is now running on quite a few Huawei and Honor phones.

An overview of the versions can be found here:

Version Name Android version

Emotion UI 1.0 Android 4.0

Emotion UI 2.0 Android 4.2 – 4.4

EMUI 3.0 Android 4.4 – 5.1

EMUI 4.0 Android 6.0

EMUI 5.0 Android 7.0

EMUI 8.0 Android 8.0

EMUI 9.0 Android 9.0

EMUI 9.1 comes with GPU Turbo 3.0.

The second generation of the technology — called GPU Turbo 2.0 — is available on phones running EMUI 9.0. GPU Turbo 2.0 supports even more games and at a greater capacity. According to Huawei, it can “intelligently optimize intensive workloads and give the devices a performance boost on demand while reducing power consumption.” 

It’s said to reduce SoC power consumption by 10 percent and supports 19 additional games listed below:


Knives Out

Battle Bay

Crazy Taxi

Real Racing 3

Into the Dead 2

NBA 2K19

Dragon Nest M

Duel Links

PES 2019

Dragon Ball Legends

FIFA Mobile

Free Fire



Plants vs. Zombie Heroes

Subway Surfers

Brawl Stars

Speed Drifters

EMUI: App drawer

The skin now allows users to toggle the app drawer on or off, offering the best of both worlds. It’s disabledby default, but you can go to Settings > Home screen and wallpaper > 

Home Screen Style to turn it on. 

EMUI: AI-related features

EMUI brings a couple of AI-related features to a few Huawei and Honor 

devices. The camera identifies different scenes and objects in real-time and automatically adjusts things like color, contrast, brightnessand exposure to improve the image.

According to Huawei, phones like the Mate 20 Pro with EMUI 9.0 can recognize 5,000 different objects and 1,500 scenarios across 25 categories.

EMUI: Navigation dock

You can enable it by going to Settings > System > System navigation > Navigation dock. 

EMUI: App lock

Enabling App lock is simple, Just go to Settings > Security and privacy > App lock, where you’ll see a list of the apps installed on your phone. Then just toggle the switch next to the apps you want to secure and you’re good to go. 

EMUI: File safe

To try it out, go to Settings > Security and privacy > File safe. Once the feature is set up, just press the “Add” button at the bottom to add in images and other files.

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