Hands on with Huawei's Emotion UI

Huawei recently announced its new interface layer for upcoming Android phones, dubbed the Huawei Emotion UI 1.0. Despite being announced a couple of months back, so far it's only been available in Chinese. But at IFA 2012 today, we tracked down the new UI running on an Ascend P1 at the manufacturer's booth. It's a fairly drastic departure from the way Android normally works, as there's no traditional app drawer, with all app shortcuts being displayed on the device's homescreen instead.

Huawei's also introduced a host of modular, customizable widgets to display personal info, contacts, weather forecasts and other pertinent data. And as far as visuals go, the Emotion UI ships with several skins that completely change the look of the UI, including one inspired by stock Android 4.0.

Check out our video for a quick preview of what to expect in Huawei's new Emotion UI software.

Alex Dobie
Executive Editor

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • Completely reminds me of MIUI (which reminds me of iOS). I really like the notification widgets.
  • Actually its A LOT like MIUI. A whole lot.
  • Is it MIUI? It's remarkable how similar it is!
  • Looks good. No app drawer will initially freak out normal users, but the stock widgets are nice...
  • Bring it to the US already!.
  • Can chinese companies not get sued? Because im sure crapple would like to.
  • Totally MIUI