EMUI 10 beta expands beyond China for select Huawei smartphones

For a month now, users of Huawei’s 2019 flagship smartphones, the P30 and the P30 Pro, have been able to give the company’s upcoming big software update, based on Android 10, a spin.

Besides the Huawei P30 series, other Huawei smartphones are also set to receive EMUI 10 over the next few months, going all the way to mid-2020 according to the company’s own timeline.

A number of those smartphones, in addition to the P30 and the P30 Pro, have already been lined up to test drive EMUI 10.

The catch, so far, has been that that has been limited to Huawei’s home market, China, where, according to the latest information from research firm Canalys, it saw its market share rise by a whopping 66% this year to stand at 42% at a time when everyone else was counting their losses.

That is changing with the beta programme being opened to users outside China, something that Samsung has also done recently by opening up public testing of One UI 2.0, its own customization of Android 10, to users of the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series in other markets other than its own Korean home base.

According to an update on Huawei’s own forums, EMUI 10 beta software for devices in the Huawei Mate 20 family (Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20X, Mate 20 Lite) and others like the Nova 5T, P Smart 2019, P Smart Plus 2019 and P30 Lite, is already available for users outside China and should be hitting devices of those enrolled in the programme in coming days.

The Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro have been on sale in the country since the start of the year. Of course, the Huawei P30 Lite remains a local darling, even earning a refresh recently.

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Europe, Latin America and parts of the wider Asian continent (the Pacific region as well as the Middle East region with which Africa is often clustered) appear to be targeted and users in those countries who enrol for the beta on the aforementioned devices (by downloading the Huawei Beta app and following on-screen instructions) should be getting EMUI 10 any time now.

We’ve not had any success getting in using the Huawei P30 Lite in our possession so that should say as much as you need to know about devices available locally. Those that have devices sourced from any of the countries listed here may have some different outcomes (in case you do, hit us up).

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