We thought Mobile Windows was the only one which was abandoned. But it looks like Android UI are also experiencing the same fate. Recently, Lenovo Vibe UI support ended. Now, today, all of sudden Huawei announces to end ROM updates for its dedicated UI for smartphones “EMUI” by deleting all the EMUI firmware from its official website. The website has a notice saying:
To deliver a more convenient and satisfactory update service, Huawei now only provides online updates for its phones, Tables, etc. SD card update packages are no longer supplied.By this time,all the SD card upgrade packages will be removed from the website and the download page will be closed.
To be honest, there was no reason to do that. Each Android MIUI provides updated ROM. However, Mobile Windows shut down because of limited users, but what could be the reason for an Android UI to die? Here are the top 3 reasons why Huawei is abandoning EMUI:
Top 3 Reasons Why Huawei Is Abandoning EMUI Android
Reason One – Growing competition of Dedicated Android OS
MIUI is the best Android UI with over 170 million users worldwide. The latest MIUI 9 is the simplest, fastest, and stable Android UI till date. Moreover, Flyme and OxygenOS are also great custom Android OS. Huawei EMUI is not able to keep up with these and has to end.
Reason Two – Increasing Bugs, System Lagging Continue to Exist
There’s a famous basic statement:
Hardware is useless without a proper software
No matter how high-end Huawei smartphones are if the Android OS isn’t optimized, everything is useless. Such is the condition with EMUI. EMUI algorithms and the updates can’t keep up with the latest hardware. The OS continued to become laggy, had some frequent bugs leading to crashes.
Reason Three – The Next Generation Kirin 970 with Artificial Intelligence
To be honest, we knew that Huawei was going to take the step of removing EMUI ROMs. Why? Because of the new Kirin 970 SoC. With the current EMUI, we say that it was impossible for Huawei to make changes with EMUI based on artificial intelligence. The coding, algorithms were set for simply homogeneous processors and traditional hardware. Meanwhile, systems like MIUI and Flyme relies on a modern setup, heterogeneous SoCs which complex instructions are updated with every new version of the UI.
So why waste your time to do impossible and make changes in EMUI. The best option is to make a new, separate Android OS dedicated for AI based optimizations (for Kirin 970). Isn’t it true?
Alternative Reason – Making EMUI private not public
Apart from all those terrifying reasons, this reason seems to be the most valid. Maybe it’s just a security measure from Huawei. With the ROM available to the whole world from the internet in a single compressed file might increase security risk. Everyone knows that Android security is not that much advance as of iOS. The ROM update can be studied by custom ROM builders. To make it more secure, Huawei decides to stop the firmware/ROM to the public, making it private and only available on OTA. But what if there’s an update but people in some particular region is not getting the update. There would be no more manual install option for him.
A heart breaking decision for current EMUI users and the best-expected move by Huawei. We are sure that Huawei Mate 10 will now come with a new Android UI solely based on artificial intelligence. This will increase Huawei Mate 10 value as well and make the new Android OS a perfect competitor for Apple iOS. However, EMUI users must not disappoint as Huawei might provide them OTA updates and security patches as well. But they can’t install the ROM manually.
To be honest, I think this situation reminds me of the beginning of Skynet in Terminator 3. Think of it, smartphones killing people and taking over the world. Scary isn’t it? Right, jokes aside, we are guessing what the name of new Android UI would be? Any thoughts? Comment.