EMUI 12 Update plan: does your Huawei phone have a future?

Huawei has published a list of smartphones that will be updated to EMUI 12 from 2022! Although the company is pushing the spread of HamonyOS in China, some models also have a future with Android. Is your smartphone with you?

  • EMUI 12 will continue to receive updates in the west
  • The new operating system will be distributed in the first half of 2022
  • The list of compatible models includes mid-range and high-end devices


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With Huawei still under the US government embargo, the company is still prohibited from integrating Google’s latest software. These include Google Play Services as well as apps such as YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps and many others. Perhaps for this reason the list of changes in EMUI 12 is a little shorter than in previous versions.

Nevertheless, the system is still under development internally! And Huawei has already announced the list of 28 phones that will receive the update over the next year.

NextPit EMUI 12 device list
The list was released at the fourth-quarter launch event! / © Huawei / YouTube

These Huawei smartphones get EMUI 12

Among the devices that get EMUI 12 Update plan, the Huawei P30 Pro is probably the most exciting. Because, unlike its successor, the mobile phone came on the market with Google services and was quite popular in this country. Other models include:

  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 20
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 20 RS
  • Huawei Mate 20 X
  • Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
  • Huawei Mate 30
  • Huawei Mate 30 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro
  • Huawei Mate Xs
  • Huawei nova 4
  • Huawei nova 4e
  • Huawei nova 5T
  • Huawei nova 7
  • Huawei nova 7 SE
  • Huawei nova 7i
  • Huawei P20
  • Huawei P20 Pro
  • Huawei P30
  • Huawei P30 Pro
  • Huawei P40
  • Huawei P40 Pro
  • Huawei P40 Pro +
  • Huawei Y8p
  • Huawei Y9 Prime 2019
  • Huawei Y9s


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EMUI 12 = HarmonyOS 2 = Android 11?

Preliminary information suggests that Huawei is still using Android 11 as a foundation and that the system, therefore, corresponds to HarmonyOS 2. EMUI 12 brings a new look to the interface, similar to Huawei’s “own” operating system. With a new control panel including quick access to devices from the manufacturer’s ecosystem.

Other changes highlighted by Huawei – both in EMUI 12 and in Harmony OS 2 – are the minimalist interface with a strong influence of new morphism. In addition, there are more natural animations that are supposed to imitate the appearance of the user and the new font HarmonyOS Sans, with the possibility of adjusting the size and thickness.

And don’t forget: EMUI 12 Update plan brings even better integration with Huawei’s other devices. The MatePad button in the control panel, for example, allows you to make calls or see photos and messages from your phon e on the tablet screen. The MateBook button, on the other hand, promises to make file sharing easier, while the Vision and headset buttons allow content to be played on connected screens and headsets.

According to Huawei, the update to EMUI 12 will be rolled out to the announced devices in the first half of 2022.

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