Since the launch of HarmonyOS, Huawei’s operating system, which incidentally is having great success with several partnerships and millions of installations made, EMUI has been left out, mainly due to its inferior performance. Until then, however, the availability of the new OS remains exclusive to Huawei and Honor devices in China, while EMUI is stagnant in version 11. Huawei continues to release maintenance updates for the brand’s global devices that haven’t had access to HarmonyOS yet, but the question that remains is: will EMUI reach version 12? The answer to that question is yes. Huawei has officially released the main new features with EMUI 12.
What’s new in EMUI 12?
This new version of Huawei’s software is surprising, as many considered this customization layer dead after the arrival of HarmonyOS 2.0. However, it is a reality, and it has come to stay, as it brings all kinds of news that more than one user will like. One of the first is its innovative new design for the user interface. The new features that come with the EMUI 12 are simple UI design, rich animation effects, flexible adjustment of font-weight, new control panel, new notification centre, intelligent equipment and collaboration, distributed file system, video calls between devices (MeeTime), experience better performance and more excellent security protection.
EMUI 12 availability in the UK, Europe and the USA
The EMUI 12 is aimed at global users who rely heavily on Android. We will see EMUI 12 in UK and Europe (Germany, Poland, Italy, Mexico, Turkey, Spain etc. markets) soon. There is no word regarding EMUI 12 USA rollout as the Huawei-Google relationship has been a major challenge since 2019 due to the US trade ban on Huawei. It looks as HarmonyOS 2.0 is limited to China only so EMUI 12 will bring the HarmonyOS experience to global users.
If we consider EMUI 11 rollout schedule, Huawei will likely release EMUI 12 update in these markets:
- Latin America
- Asia Pacific
- The Middle East, Africa, and Russia
- Western Europe
- Northeastern Europe
HarmonyOS is not ready to leave China. So EMUI 12 is on the way for global users.
EMUI 12 Update Tracker
May 9: Huawei is rolling out a stable EMUI 12 update for Huawei P30 and P30 Pro users in several regions. The list of the countries where the update is available includes India, Japan, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, Mexico, the UK, Central Asia, West Europe, Northeast Europe, and Latin America.
April 30: Huawei has revealed EMUI 12 upgrade plan for several regions, including Latin America, West Europe, Northeast Europe, India, Asia Pacific open markets, Central Asia, and Japan. You can check out the rollout plan here.
April 13: EMUI 12 beta testing for Huawei P Smart 2019 and Huawei P30 Lite users is now live. It is currently available in Spain and South Africa and will expand to more regions soon.
April 07: Huawei has started seeding the EMUI 12 beta for the global units of Huawei P20 and P20 Pro.
April 02: Huawei Nova 5T device is now receiving a stable EMUI 12 update in Europe. The version number is 188.8.131.52 (C432E8R1P2).
March 29: Stable EMUI 12 update for Huawei Mate 20 Pro users is now live in Europe. The software version is 184.108.40.206 (C432E3R1P2).
March 17: Huawei is now seeding the stable EMUI 12 update for Nova 5T devices. It carries version 220.127.116.11 and comes with a size of over 2GB.
March 14: Huawei has shared its EMUI 12 rollout plan for the Middle East.
- Huawei Mate 20 X: April 2022
- Huawei Mate 20 X (5G): April 2022
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro: April 2022
- Huawei Mate 20 RS Porsche Design: April 2022
- Huawei P30: April 2022
- Huawei P30 Pro: April 2022
- Huawei Mate 20: April 2022
- Huawei Nova 5T: April 2022
January 24: Huawei Mate 30 Pro users are getting the stable EMUI 12 update in Europe with version number 18.104.22.168.
January 22: Huawei has released the stable EMUI 12 update for the Huawei P40 series in the UK with version 22.214.171.124.
January 10: Huawei Mate 40 Pro, P40, P40 Pro, and Mate 30 Pro users receive the stable EMUI 12 update. The update is currently available for select users who participated in the beta program.
December 31: Huawei is expanding the EMUI 12 beta program for Mate 20 series in batches. You can try your luck by checking the beta project open status from the Huawei Beta app.
December 22: Huawei is reportedly rolling out EMUI 12 beta to Huawei Mate 20 series and Huawei Nova 5T.
December 17: Huawei Nova 7 5G gets the first EMUI 12 beta update with version 126.96.36.199 (size 5.40GB).
December 15: Huawei Nova 7i global models are getting the EMUI 12 beta update with version 188.8.131.52.
December 04: In the select markets, Huawei has started EMUI 12 Beta program for Huawei P30 and P30 Pro.
November 11: Huawei has started the EMUI 12 Beta program in Europe for the Huawei P40 series and Mate 30 series models. If you are interested, you can sign up to receive the beta build.
These Huawei phones will be eligible for EMUI 12
- Huawei Mate 40 Pro
- Huawei P40 Pro+
- Huawei P40 Pro
- Huawei P40
- Huawei Mate 30 Pro
- Huawei Mate 30
- Huawei Mate 20 RS
- Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
- Huawei Mate 20 X
- Huawei Mate 20
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro
- Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro
- Huawei Mate 10
- Huawei P30 Pro
- Huawei P30
- Huawei P20 Pro
- Huawei P20
- Huawei Mate Xs
- Huawei Nova 7
- Huawei Nova 7 SE
- Huawei Nova 7i
- Huawei Nova 5T
- Huawei Nova 4
- Huawei Nova 4e
- Huawei Y8p
- Huawei Y9 Prime 2019
- Huawei Y9s
Huawei has officially shared the list of devices getting EMUI 12. The list includes a total of 28 Huawei devices. We can also see old flagships like the Mate 10 and P20 series are also included in the list. The rollout is scheduled to start in the first half of 2022. Unfortunately, the company didn’t mention what version of Android will come with EMUI 12.