Getting started with EMUI 8 is easy, and it’s because it’s based on Android 8.0 Oreo. Here are some tips for getting the most out of the new platform.
EMUI 8 is the software running on the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro and Honor View 10, and it will soon be coming to a bunch of Honor and Huawei devices being upgraded from EMUI 5.x.
While not a huge evolution in design or features, EMUI 8.0 has a number of advantages over its predecessor, including optimizations for AI and machine learning, and an underlying layer of Android 8.0 Oreo that brings a bunch of cool new things. Whether you’re waiting for that all-important software update or are just looking to get apprised of Huawei’s latest and greatest, here’s what you need to know about EMUI 8.0.
Change that launcher
If you’re using a phone running EMUI 8.0, such as the Huawei Mate 10 or Honor View 10, you’re going to have to contend with the default launcher, an experience that may be jarring coming from another phone. First, the launcher lacks an app drawer, which forces you to throw your app icons and widgets, iPhone-style, into a series of pages. It can get messy.
Make that change by going into Settings —> Display —> Home screen style and changing it from Standard to Drawer. If you’re still not satisfied (as I wasn’t), download an alternative like Action Launcher or Nova Launcher, which seem to do the job quite well.
Accept that notifications aren’t quirky but solid
The fastest way to loving a device like the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro or View 10 is to accept that EMUI 8 has some idiosyncracies, particularly in the way it handles notifications. While the behavior is different depending on the product, they all share Huawei’s love for blue