Huawei’s EMUI 9.1 OS: here are a few things that set it truly apart!
June 17, 2019

Everyday life at full speed. That’s what Huawei’s EMUI 9.1 promises. After first debuting as Emotion UI on the Ascend Series back in 2012, EMUI 9.1 is the latest incarnation, a custom mobile operating system based on Android Pie, with a ton of features that optimise the smartphone user experience.

Now Huawei is one company that has been very proactive with their updates, and they recently announced that the EMUI 9 operating system is already running on 80 million devices, and it’s expected to cross 100 million devices by the end of June.

While all current devices boast the latest EMUI version, EMUI 9 is available now for the Mate 10 series, which launched in 2017, as well as the P20 series, Mate RS, and nova 3, which launched in 2018. The Mate 9 series, P10 series and Nova3i, which launched in 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively, are in the process of continuous upgrades. That’s pretty spectacular for an Android manufacturer, considering that certain Android manufacturers often have trouble bringing regular updates to their phones.

There are several aspects that distinguish the EMUI 9.1 experience, starting with a very minimalist natural design that is today a signature of EMUI. But deep hidden lies a host of system enhancements that provides system speed enhancements, AI capabilities and new ways to improve your everyday life.

Optimised performance

Built on Android 9 Pie, EMUI 9.1 brings a number of new features to Huawei devices. Key highlights for an end-user would be how EMUI 9.1 optimises underlying operation commands more rapidly and efficiently with AI prediction technology. The proof is in how the system response speed is increased by 25.8%, application start-up is shortened by 102 ms and overall system fluency is increased by 12.9%.

AI Enhanced

Digital Wellbeing is a key feature in EMUI 9, allowing users to get a snapshot of how they use their phones and how much time they spend using certain apps, with circular data charts and very impressive active time management options. EMUI 9.1 also enables access to features like Adaptive Battery, which uses artificial intelligence to improve battery life by learning when you use particular apps. It also has Adaptive Brightness, which does the same for screen brightness. It also offers new screenshot features, media controls and more.

GPU Turbo 3.0

Come to the gaming side of things, and GPU Turbo 3.0 technology is a key highlight, as AI predictive resource allocation and intelligent scheduling improves game fluency and lowers touch delays by up to 36%. GPU Turbo is almost entirely software based, maximizing performance and minimizing power consumption, especially for games that support GPU Turbo, which include PUBG Mobile, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Vainglory, Arena of Valor, Rules of Survival, and NBA 2K18.

EROFS File System

Still on the app side of things, a key highlight is of course Ark Compiler and EROFS, a file system with major performance improvements. The EROFS File System, for instance, can increase system’s random read speed by 20% and saves up to 14% in storage to maximize the use of resources within the limited space of the device.

Motion Controls

EMUI 9.1 offers a plethora of gesture controls under a singular setting, where you can, for instance, take a full-screen screenshot by knocking on the screen twice with one of your knuckles, flip to mute incoming calls, timers and alarms or launch an app of your choice by drawing the letters C, E, M, or W with your knuckle while the screen is on.

These are but a few of the key highlights of the EMUI 9.1. Others we can easily point to include Password Vault which securely stores your usernames and passwords on your phone. Password Vault uses the built-in Autofill APIs introduced in Android 8.0 Oreo to save new passwords and automatically fill them in on request. Or the Desktop Mode which doesn’t require an accessory; Or Huawei Share, which lets you easily share the contents of your phone’s storage with any Windows or Mac PC.

All encompassing, with multiple benefits to end users of Huawei devices, EMUI 9.1 is truly many a step ahead of other variants.

So where is EMUI headed next? Despite the geopolitical barriers the brand is facing at the moment, an early build of EMUI 10 has been revealed, a new version of the OS that runs on Android Q. Boasting even more performance, stablility and significantly faster than EMUI 9.1, it’s a sign that Huawei as a brand are not slowing down.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at:
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