[Update: Magic UI 4.0 coming mid-Sept.] EMUI 11 or Magic UI 4.0 update: Eligible Huawei/Honor phones

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

NOTICE: We’ve compiled a comprehensive Android 11 update tracker for all the major OEMs and carriers, and will be updating it continuously. For the EMUI 11 and Magic UI 4.0-specific update trackers, you may head here and here.

Original story (published on February 18, 2020) follows:

Huawei unveiled its latest EMUI 10 skin at its HDC 2019 event last August, taking over from the previous EMUI 9 that formed a layer on top of Android Pie. The company also announced Magic UI 3.0, basically, a rebranded EMUI 10 meant for Honor devices.

It took the Chinese company over two months of testing before the stable EMUI 10 based on Android 10 finally made it to the Huawei P30 and Mate 20 family of devices.

It didn’t take long before Magic UI 3.0 also arrived on the Honor View 20, Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro units, also tagging along Android 10 OS. To date, Huawei says EMUI 10 runs on over 50 million devices across the globe.

EMUI 10 currently runs on over 50M devices (Source)

Compared to the number of Huawei/Honor devices pumped into the market annually, this is a mere drop in the ocean. Sure, the company is still rolling out Android 10 to more devices and probably this could go on until Q3 2020, just in time for the launch of EMUI 11.

Speaking of, a list of Huawei/Honor devices allegedly eligible for the EMUI 11 or Magic UI 4.0 update has surfaced online, but of course, its nothing official from the company itself.

Matter of fact, seasoned Huawei/Honor smartphone users may have an idea of which devices will receive the EMUI 11 update when it arrives based on past experiences. In essence, this list of devices expected to receive the update is based on such knowledge, so expect future changes.

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Huawei devices eligible for EMUI 11 update

As noted, Huawei-branded devices will receive EMUI 11 updates while Honor-branded (probably not all of them) will get Magic UI 4.0 update, presumably with Android 11 as the base OS.

Typically, premium devices in the Mate and P series get at least two major OS upgrades. This means that any Mate 20 phone (except Mate 20 Lite), Mate X, and the entire P30 series should receive EMUI 11 update. Of course, this also means the entire Mate 30 series is eligible for Android 11.

Also expected to receive EMUI 11 update is the entire Huawei Nova 5 series, including the 5i and its Pro counterpart. The Nova 5T, if you can recall, was among the first to pick up the stable EMUI 10 update based on Android 10.

Huawei Nova 5T

That said, the newer Nova 6 series that came pre-installed with Android 10 should get EMUI 11 ahead of the Nova 5T and co. That’s just how Android OS updates work, nothing unusual.

Owners of the Huawei Enjoy 10, Enjoy 10S, Enjoy 10 Plus (Y9 Prime 2019), MatePad, and MediaPad M6 are also in line to receive the Android 11 update.

NOTICE: We’ve compiled a comprehensive Android 11 update tracker for all the major OEMs and carriers, and will be updating it continuously. For the EMUI 11 and Magic UI 4.0-specific update trackers, you may head here and here.

Honor devices eligible for Magic UI 4.0 update

For those looking forward to the next Magic UI 4.0 update, the OS will reportedly be pushed to the entire Honor 20, View 20, and View 30 family of devices as well as the budget Honor 9X duo and Honor 20 Lite, although the latter trio may get EMUI 11 update.

Update 1 (March 24)

Huawei’s Android 11 update will bring the ability to perform a function by double-tapping on the back of supported devices. See the full story here.

Update 2 (July 6)

The update to EMUI 11/Magic UI 4.0 is expected in Q3 2020. See the full story here.

Update 3 (July 7)

An alleged list of Huawei devices that will receive EMUI 11 has surfaced online. See the full story here.

Update 4 (July 13)

Yet another confirmation regarding Huawei/Honor devices that are expected to get updated to EMUI 11 or Magic UI 4.0 based on Android 11 has surfaced in the company’s community forum.

Apparently, at least 49 devices will be upgraded to EMUI 11, among them the Mate 30 series, Mate 20 series, Mate X, MateXs, P40 series, P30 series, Nova 7 series, Nova 6 series, Nova 5 series, Enjoy 10 series, Enjoy Z, Honor 30 series, V30 series, as well as four tablets that include Huawei MatePad series and the MediaPad M6.

Elsewhere, reports from China suggest Huawei has plans to skid away from Android by turning to its in-house HarmonyOS at the heart of the upcoming EMUI 11. See the full story here.

Update 5 (August 5)

According to information shared on Weibo, Huawei might be planning to bring back the FM Radio player function to Huawei and Honor smartphones with the release of the EMUI 11 update. See the full story here.

Update 6 (August 6)

Huawei is set to officially announce its EMUI 11/Magic UI 4.0 skin based on Android 11 or possibly even HarmonyOS during the Huawei Developer Conference 2020 which is scheduled to take place in China from September 10 to September 12. Huawei made the announcement for the conference via Twitter.


Update 7 (August 19)

According to a Chinese publication, IT Home, a Huawei official has confirmed that devices with Google Play Store pre-installed will continue to get updates. Further, users can still use the Play Store to download and update apps. For more details, head here.

We’ve now got a glimpse of some of the features and improvements that are expected to come with the EMUI 11 update for Huawei phones. These include an enhanced dark mode, improved gestures, easy file sharing and more. For more details, head here.

Update 8 (September 02)

IST: 08:35 pm: The Huawei P40 Pro has been spotted on Wi-Fi Alliance running EMUI 11, but for some reason, it is still based on Android 10, contrary to the expected Android 11.

Huawei P40 Pro_EMUI 11_Android 10

Update 9 (September 04)

IST: 07:20 pm: It seems that Huawei is preparing to kick-start the internal recruitment for beta testers for the EMUI 11 update on the Huawei P40, Mate 30, and MatePad Pro series. However, users will be testing new features on EMUI 10.1 instead of EMUI 11. See more details here.

Update 10 (September 07)

Huawei is all set to unveil EMUI 11 this week at the Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) event on September 10, 2020. The information came from Huawei’s official Weibo handle along with a poster (that can be seen below).


Update 11 (September 11)

Going by an announcement posted at the Huawei community, the Magic UI 4.0 closed beta testing at least for the Honor 30 and V30 series will go live sometime in the mid of this month.


NOTICE: We’ve compiled a comprehensive Android 11 update tracker for all the major OEMs and carriers, and will be updating it continuously. For the EMUI 11 and Magic UI 4.0-specific update trackers, you may head here and here.

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