[Updated] Huawei EMUI 12 & Honor Magic UI 5.0 update tracker: List of eligible/supported devices, release date & more

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

Original story (published on October 30, 2021) follows:

Last year, Huawei sold off its sub-brand, Honor after the former was blacklisted by the US. The company is now owned and controlled directly by the Chinese government.

While this came as a surprise for many, it meant that Honor could still sell smartphones in the US and make use of Qualcomm’s hardware and Google’s software.

Having said that, in this tracker we’ll be keeping tabs on the upcoming EMUI 12 update for Huawei phones and the Magic UI 5.0 update for Honor smartphones.

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Huawei P30 Lite

EMUI 12 tracker

Even after the United States banned Huawei back in 2019, the Chinese company still remains one of the largest smartphone manufacturers. Since they cannot use Google’s Android anymore, Huawei has switched to their own operating system known as Harmony OS.

However, Huawei is not yet done with its Android skin, EMUI. The company recently released EMUI 12 bringing in much-needed customizations and UI upgrades.

Huawei said that the new version of EMUI will be pushed to devices in the first half of 2022 with plans to update phones dating back to 2018. The announcement was made during the APAC product launch stream on YouTube on October 28.

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The live stream also revealed which phones would receive the EMUI 12 update. Huawei’s latest UI focuses on a cleaner and minimalistic user interface while the Device+ feature focuses on tightly integrating Huawei products.

Huawei has also overhauled the quick settings and has introduced what it calls ‘Control Panel’ that will allow users to access everything with just a swipe. Another notable feature the upgrade will bring is Huawei’s Distributed File System that will allow devices to share files seamlessly.

On that note, here’s a list of eligible devices from Huawei that will be getting the update to EMUI 12.

– Mate 40 Pro
– P40 Pro+
– P40 Pro
– P40
– Mate Xs

– Mate 30 Pro
– Mate 30
– P30 Pro
– P30
– Mate 20 Pro

– Mate 20 RS
– Mate 20 X 5G
– Mate 20 X
– Mate 20
– P20 Pro

– P20
– Mate 10 Porsche Design
– Mate 10 Pro
– Mate 10
– nova 7

– nova 7 SE
– nova 7i
– nova 5T
– nova 4
– nova 4e

– Y9 Prime 2019
– Y9s
– Y8p

Since EMUI 12 will start rolling out in the first half of 2022, we still have a few months ahead of us before it comes out. Having said that, we will be tracking all EMUI 12 software updates, including security patches in this section.

In the meantime, you can also check our dedicated EMUI 11 tracker to see which devices were updated to the latest version.

Update 1 (November 11)

IST 1:47 pm: Huawei is said to be starting the EMUI 12 Beta program in Europe and interested persons with eligible devices like the Huawei P40 series and Mate 30 series models can sign up.

Update 2 (November 29)

IST 04:54 pm: Huawei P30 Lite users might be disappointed to know that there’s still no information regarding the EMUI 12 update for the device as highlighted by a report. Thus, it may take a few weeks or even months for the update to go live.

Update 3 (December 04)

IST 10:44 am: Huawei has reportedly started EMUI 12 beta testing for Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, however, its currently available in limited markets.

Update 4 (December 15)

IST 04:50 pm: The Huawei Nova 7i is reportedly receiving the EMUI 12 beta update as version 12.0.0.120 to global models of the device. The software is rolling out to users who registered for the FUT testing program.

Update 5 (December 17)

IST 11:55 am: Huawei Nova 7 5G is now getting its first EMUI 12 beta update. It comes with EMUI 12 version 12.0.0.123 and an update size of 5.40 GB.

Update 6 (December 21)

IST 12:36 pm: New reports now have it that Huawei P30 series of devices are now getting their first EMUI 12 beta update.

Update 7 (December 22)

IST 10:58 am: As Android 12 continues to go mainstream, many OEMs are doubling down on their offers and now, Huawei is reportedly rolling out EMUI 12 beta for Huawei Nova 5T.

Similarly, the Huawei Mate 20 series of devices is receiving the first EMUI 12 beta update.

Update 8 (December 31)

IST 10:32 am: Huawei is reportedly expanding the Huawei Mate 20 EMUI 12 beta program to include even more users as it works towards the stable release.

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Update 9 (January 08)

10:09 am (IST): Huawei is now rolling out stable EMUI 12 update for Mate 40 Pro users. The update can be identified with the EMUI version 12.0.0.218.

Update 10 (January 10)

10:08 am (IST): Huawei is now rolling out a stable EMUI 12 update for the users of Huawei Mate 40 Pro, P40, P40 Pro, and Mate 30 Pro. It’s worth noting that the update is currently only available for those who participated in the beta process.

Update 11 (January 21)

03:04 pm (IST): Stable EMUI 12 update is now rolling out for Huawei P40 series in Serbia. The update can be identified with version 12.0.0.218.

Update 12 (January 22)

03:05 pm (IST): Huawei is now rolling out the stable EMUI 12 update for the Huawei P40 series in the UK. It can be identified with version 12.0.0.218 and comes with huge size of 5.8 GB.

EMUI 12 update tracker table follows

NOTE: This table is being updated regularly.

Device Beta Stable Notes
Huawei P40 Released Released Stable rolling out in the UK
Stable released in Serbia
Beta released in Europe
Huawei Mate 30 Released Beta released in Europe
Huawei P30 Lite Coming soon
Huawei P30 Released Available in limited markets
Huawei P30 Pro Released Available in limited markets
Device Beta Stable Notes
Huawei Nova 7i Released Rolling out for users who registered for FUT testing program
Huawei Nova 7 5G Released
Huawei P30 Released
Huawei Nova 5T Released
Huawei Mate 20 Released
Device Beta Stable Notes
Huawei Mate 40 Pro Released Released
Huawei P40 Pro Released Stable rolling out in the UK
Stable rolling out in Serbia
Huawei Mate 30 Pro Released

Magic UI 5.0 tracker

After breaking up with its parent company Huawei, Honor wanted to make a name for itself and distinguish their smartphone UI. And it looks like the Shenzen-based company is finally doing that.

It is rumored that Honor is working on its own Android skin, Magic UI 5.0. The leak comes from the reputed leakster Digital Chat Station. However, it is highly unlikely that the new version will be based on Android 12 since the leak was made back in April.

#DigitalChatStation Huawei’s next new phone runs Hongmeng OS, and the new Honor phone runs MagicUI 5.0 based on the bottom layer of Android 11. Some models before the division of Honor have tested Hongmeng internally, but the latter ones are not good enough.
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Honor recently released the Honor 50 and the Honor 50 Lite, their first smartphones after splitting up with Huawei. Unsurprisingly, the phones come with Google Mobile Services, allowing Honor to continue from where it left off two years ago.

We’ll add the list of eligible devices or table once Honor confirms the devices that will be getting the update.

In the meantime, you can check out our dedicated Magic UI 4.0 tracker to see which phones got the update.

Featured image source: Huawei

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