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Huawei EMUI, formerly known as Emotion UI, is a custom mobile operating system that is based on Android that Huawei uses on most Huawei and Honor-branded smartphone devices.[1][2]

Huawei EMUI
Logo of Huawei EMUI.png
EMUI Screenshot.png
Screenshot of the EMUI in the Huawei Mate 10
Written inC, C++, Java[citation needed]
OS familyUnix-like, Modified Android
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source with proprietary components
Initial releaseEMUI 1.0
Latest releaseEMUI 9.1 (Android 9.0.0 Pie)
Update methodFirmware over-the-air
Package managerGoogle Play (Global),
Huawei AppGallery (Both Global and China),
APK files
Platforms32-bit ARM, MIPS, x86, x64
Kernel typeMonolithic, modified Linux kernel
LicenseGNU General Public License v3,
Apache License 2.0,


On 30 December 2012, Huawei introduced Emotion UI 1.0, based on Android 4.0. It features a voice assistant app (only in Chinese), customizable homescreens and theme-switching.[3] The company rolled out installation files for the Ascend P1 through their website.[4] The company claims that it is “probably the world’s most emotional system”.[5]

On 4 September 2014, the company announced EMUI 3.0, along with Ascend Mate 7 in the pre-IFA event in Berlin. The user interface was ever since called "EMUI" instead of "Emotion UI". It features a new app store (for China markets).[6]

In late 2015, Huawei launched EMUI 4.0, with a redesigned interface based on Android 6.0, along with the Huawei Mate 8.[7]

In 2016, EMUI 5.0 was introduced, with the Huawei Mate 9.[8]

In 2017, all ROM images were removed on the official website. Huawei says it will provide a "more convenient and satisfactory update service". Since then, all users must rely on over-the-air (OTA) updates.[9]

In late 2017, EMUI 8.0 was launched, skipping EMUI 6.0 and 7.0 to combine with Android versions, along with the Huawei Mate 10. This release emphasises different AI-capabilities.[7][10]

Version historyEdit

Version Android version Year of release Last stable release
Emotion UI 1.0 Android 2.3 - 4.3 2012 1.6
Emotion UI 2.0 Android 4.2 - 4.4 2013 2.3
EMUI 3.0 Android 4.4 - 5.1 2014 3.1
EMUI 4.0 Android Marshmallow (6.0) 2015 4.1
EMUI 5.0 Android Nougat (7.x) 2016 5.1
EMUI 8.0 [A] Android Oreo (8.x) 2017 8.2
EMUI 9.0 Android Pie (9.x) 2018 9.1
EMUI 10.0 Android Q (10.0) Unreleased
A EMUI 8.0 was launched skipping EMUI 6.0 and 7.0 to match the Android version.[11]


  1. ^ "Honor 6X and EMUI 5.0: Everything you need to know". Android Central. 2017-06-30. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  2. ^ "HUAWEI Unveils the HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro". Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  3. ^ "Huawei's Emotion UI drops the app drawer, adds beginner-friendly features to Android 4.0". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  4. ^ "Huawei shows off early version of Emotion UI for Android, packs a 'stock' skin too (hands-on)". Engadget. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  5. ^ "Huawei's new Emotion UI gets its own Chinese official website, should be up for download soon". Android Authority. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  6. ^ "Huawei Launches Metal-Clad Ascend G7 With Android 4.4 KitKat at IFA". NDTV Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  7. ^ a b "Huawei announces Mate 8 in China, sporting Marshmallow and Kirin 950 processor". Android Central. 2015-11-26. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  8. ^ "What's new in EMUI 5?". Android Authority. 2016-11-04. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  9. ^ "Huawei will now bring over-the-air software updates only". Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  10. ^ "Huawei EMUI 8: Definitely not the evolution we were hoping for - AndroidPIT". AndroidPIT. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  11. ^ "Huawei Is Skipping EMUI Version 6 And 7 To Introduce EMUI 8.0 - Gizmochina". Gizmochina. 2017-10-16. Retrieved 2018-01-08.