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Huawei is upgrading its Android-based operating system – here’s when South Africa will get it

James de Villiers , Business Insider SA
 Aug 10, 2019, 12:01 PM
The new EMUI 10.0.
The new EMUI 10.0.
  • Huawei is launching a new version of its Android-based operating system.
  • It will bring new features such as dark mode and screensharing to Huawei.
  • Huawei said it will not immediately replace Android - despite pressures from the US.
  • South Africans will be able to download the operation system in September.
  • For more, go to Business Insider SA.

Huawei announced on Friday that it is creating a new operating system to rival Android. It is called Harmony, and will only be released in 2021 - starting with Huawei watches.

Read: Huawei hopes to replace Android with its new operating system – here’s how South Africa will be affected

In the meantime, it is getting ready to launch a new version of its Android-based operating system.

EMUI is Huawei’s mobile operating system that is based on Android – it runs “on top” of the Android operating system on Huawei phones.

The new version, EMUI 10.0, will bring a host of new features for Huawei's roughly 500 million mobile users, including a new dark mode, redesigned graphics, and new screensharing functionality.

The operating system is an enhancement of Google’s Android, bringing additional functionality and performance enhancements to the operating system.

EMUI's new dark mode.
EMUI's new dark mode.

South African Huawei users will be able to download the new version of its operating system from September 8. 

All new Huawei devices will now come preinstalled with EMUI 10.0. Huawei is the second most popular smartphone in South Africa, after Samsung. 

Speaking at the launch of the new version of the operating system at Huawei’s annual developer conference in Dongguan in China, Huawei Consumer Cloud president Zhang Ping’an said the company remains committed to Google’s Android due to the application ecosystem it brings to consumers.

In the event that the United States does, however, block companies from doing business with Huawei, as it briefly did in May, the company will switch over to its newly announced Harmony platform, he said.

With the new version of its Android-based operating system, Huawei will use a distributed programming framework which will allow the devices to connect to televisions, computers and internet-of-things devices running Huawei software.

The new interface of EMUI 10.0 in Chinese.
The new interface of EMUI 10.0 in Chinese.

Users will, for example, be able to unlock compatible vehicles, copy text from their smartphones directly onto their Windows computer, and operate their cellphones from televisions.

Apple has been offering users similar functionality for years, with users able to take calls through their MacBooks, and control their Apple TV with their iPhones.

The new software will also include Huawei's own application store, and Google play store, for countries outside of China in a bid to grow its own application store independent of Google.

Ping’an said a year ago Huawei’s own application store only had 1,000 applications built by developers outside China, but now has over 11,000 applications including applications from South Africa’s TakeAlot and Zando ecommerce platforms.

Huawei South Africa paid for James de Villiers’ trip to its developer world congress in Dongguan, China.

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