We tell you all the information about EMUI 12, Huawei’s customization layer. Discover their news, phones that will update, and arrival dates.
The latest version of EMUI, Huawei’s customization layer, is EMUI 12. This operating system will reach a large part of the mobile phones that the manufacturer has launched outside of China, as we remember that within the Asian country, smartphones have HarmonyOS, Huawei’s operating system.
EMUI 12 arrives loaded with new features that affect both design and performance as well as other very interesting sections. If you have a Huawei mobile, we recommend that you pay attention to this complete guide, as we are going to detail all the news of EMUI 12, the mobiles that will update to this new version, and the expected dates for its arrival. Let us begin!
News and features of EMUI 12
Huawei introduced EMUI 12 in August 2021, a version of its Android-based operating system focused on its mobile phones sold globally. However, this version has several features of its software, HarmonyOS.
EMUI 12 integrates performance improvements, as well as a more minimalist and realistic design in which even the text font changes. In addition, it comes with an improved control panel, greater security, and even improvements in video calls. In short, an update loaded with new features for your Huawei. Let’s see what they are individual.
More minimalist and realistic design
The new version of this operating system entails an important update of the aesthetics, betting on a more minimalist, realistic, and refined appearance. The user interface is dominated by three main colors: black, white, and blue. As we see in the images, white will be the background color, black will dominate the text font and blue will appear as the accent color.
EMUI 12 will also bring about a change in animations, as they are now inspired by the movement of celestial bodies in the universe. In this way, the animations are smoother and more natural, giving a characteristic touch to the firm’s mobiles. Huawei claims that he has been inspired by nature to create this design.
Another modification in aesthetics has been the application of metamorphism, used to make interface elements offer a greater sense of depth. Thus, it also achieves a more modern and innovative appearance.
Without a doubt, among the novelties of the design, the possibility of being able to play with the aesthetics of the text font stands out. According to Huawei, the user will be able to adjust the “weight” and font size, so you can get a better viewing experience when reading text.
An improved control panel
Among the great novelties of EMUI 12 are also the changes in the control panel, which will give you access to the most important functions with just a swipe from the top of the screen downwards. From here you can connect your Bluetooth headphones to listen to music, control the playback of those songs or activate Wi-Fi connectivity.
With this revamped control panel, you’ll also be able to send the image to view it on a larger screen or turn off location access. In short, it gives you access to key tools without having to leave the screen you are currently working on.
Better connection with other devices
Huawei wants to improve the connection between all its devices, so it has created a new system for the distribution of files between the mobile and the computer. In this way, from your Huawei PC, you can access the files stored on the smartphone as if they were just another storage unit.
You will have the possibility to see all the images, documents, and other files, as well as delete them, move them to other folders, or change their name. All these changes will be applied on the mobile, and at no time is it necessary to connect both devices with a cable. Without a doubt, a very useful method for sharing files.
The work done by Huawei to achieve a better connection between its devices is also Device+ Smart Collaboration. It is a section included in the control panel that allows you to quickly exchange the devices connected to the mobile. If you tap on the “Huawei FreeBuds” option, you can quickly connect them to listen to music.
If you touch “Huawei Vision”, you can connect the mobile to the smart TV to see the images in a big way. On the other hand, there is also the option to activate the “MatePad” box, which will connect the smartphone to the Huawei tablet to be able to make calls or send messages from the latter. Finally, with “MateBook” you will be able to connect to the computer to access the distribution of files that we have commented on previously.
Video calls “MeeTime”
Another of the novelties of EMUI 12 comes with the crossed video calls called “MeeTime”. Thanks to this function, you can have a video call with your Huawei mobile and then transfer it to the MateBook computer without having to cut the connection. You can also make the call on TV, so you will see the big picture. In short, you will always be connected within the Huawei ecosystem.
Faster and safer performance
Finally, updating your Huawei mobile to EMUI 12 means enjoying the faster and more secure performance. As the company explains on the EMUI 12 website, the web pages will load while you browse them, so you won’t have to wait for them to load completely to start seeing them.
In addition, EMUI 12 also brings improvements in security issues. For example, you can set your Huawei smartwatch to be a trusted device. Only when the watch is connected to the mobile, you will be able to unlock the latter through facial recognition.
Which Huawei phones will update to EMUI 12?
At the EMUI 12 presentation event, Huawei did not confirm which phones would receive the update, it made us wait a little longer to find out. It was at the end of October of last year when the firm revealed which 28 smartphones in its catalog would update to EMUI 12. They are the following:
- Huawei Mate 40 Pro
- Huawei P40 Pro+
- Huawei P40 Pro
- Huawei P40
- Huawei mate xs
- Huawei Mate 30 Pro
- Huawei Mate 30
- Huawei P30 Pro
- Huawei P30
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro
- Huawei Mate 20RS
- Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
- Huawei Mate 20X
- Huawei Mate 20
- Huawei P20 Pro
- Huawei P20
- Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro
- Huawei Mate 10
- Huawei Nova 7
- Huawei nova 7SE
- Huawei nova 7i
- Huawei nova 5T
- Huawei Nova 4
- Huawei nova 4e
- Huawei Y9 Prime 2019
- Huawei Y9s
- Huawei Y8p
It is worth mentioning that the most recent Huawei mobiles already arrive with EMUI 12 as the operating system. For example, the Huawei P50 Pocket and P50 Pro have EMUI 12 based on Android 11. When we analyzed the Huawei Nova 9, we already told you that it was the first smartphone of the firm to have this updated layer. The Huawei Nova 8i is also added to the list.
Date of an update to EMUI 12
The update date to EMUI 12 offered by Huawei is not specific. From the signing, they pointed to the first half of 2022 as the start date for the deployment of this update to the new version of the customization layer. Already last November, the firm confirmed that it was opening the EMUI 12 beta program, so the update is closed.
If you have a Huawei mobile, you can find out if its update to EMUI 12 is available by accessing the “System and updates” section. If you have already received the new version, you will only have to download and install it to enjoy all the new features.
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