Huawei gives timeline of the Android Pie-based EMUI 9.1 rollout

While waiting for Android Q



Huawei P30 Pro | GadgetMatch

While Google and select phone manufacturers are still doing the final touches for Android Q, Huawei is ready to roll out its EMUI 9.1 which is still based on Android 9 Pie. While the update number is not a big jump, it offers a number of under-the-hood improvements that promise to speed up your device.

The EMUI 9.1 was first available on the brand new flagship Huawei P30 and P30 Pro devices. Good thing, older phones are also joining, including the budget-friendly ones.

What’s new with EMUI 9.1? First of all, it promises faster app launch times for most popular apps and brings a new file reading system called EROFS (Extendable Read-Only File System) that provides 20 percent faster read speed. It also features the latest GPU Turbo 3.0 which now supports 25 titles. Like before, it’ll deliver a better gaming experience with higher frame rates while consuming less power.

Image credit: Huawei

Other new features include an improved Phone Clone app, customized video caller ringtone, and a video editing app called Huawei Vlog. If you also own a Huawei MateBook, you’ll be glad to know that the incredibly fast Huawei Share OneHop is coming to older flagship devices with the EMUI 9.1 update.

The schedule of the rollout is as follows:


  • Mate 20
  • Mate 20 Pro
  • Mate 20 RS Porsche Design
  • P20 Lite


  • P20
  • P20 Pro
  • Nova 3
  • Nova 3i
  • P30 Lite
  • Mate 10
  • Mate 10 Pro
  • Mate 10 RS Porsche Design
  • Mate 9
  • Mate 9 Pro
  • Y9 2019
  • Y6 Pro 2019
  • Y5 2019


  • P10
  • P10 Plus

To get the update, Huawei instructs users to check with the HiCare app for their device’s eligibility. The rollout begins on June 27 with the Mate 20 series while the other models on the list will get it after.

SEE ALSO:  The Huawei Watch GT is a best seller


Xiaomi Mi A3: Price and availability in the Philippines

It still comes in an affordable price




Image by GadgetMatch

Remember when Xiaomi announced the Mi A3 in India days ago? Good news for everyone as the Mi A3 will also be in the Philippines.

This latest A-series offering is known as the “stripped-down” version of the Mi CC9e. It packs the same internals: Snapdragon 665 chipset, 4GB RAM, plus 64 or 128GB storage options. What’s different? Instead of the heavily-skinned MIUI 10, it packs the Android One with a fresh, stock-like Android experience — just like using a Google Pixel.

Image by GadgetMatch

There’s a new 6.088-inch Super AMOLED display in tow. With the new display technology, it’s expected to be power-efficient. Although changing the technology from IPS-LCD may sound good, the downgrade of screen resolution from 1080p to 720p might become a dealbreaker for some. Other than that, there’s an optical in-display fingerprint scanner, eliminating the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner of the Mi A2.

Image by GadgetMatch

This year’s A3 packs a triple camera setup: 48-megapixel main camera, 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a new 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter. The Dot Drop Display notch houses the 32-megapixel selfie camera. Both cameras have AI functionality.

Image by GadgetMatch

When it comes to battery, the 4,030 mAh capacity is a huge improvement over last year. It is expected to have a longer battery life than Mi A2’s so-so 3,000 mAh battery. 18W Fast Charge is still supported, all thanks to USB-C. They also brought back the 3.5mm audio jack for dongle-less usage. The IR blaster is still present for controlling appliances.

Pricing and availability

The Xiaomi Mi A3 will be available in local Mi Authorized stores starting August 24, 2019 and will be on Lazada and Shopee starting September 9, 2019. There are three color options to choose from: Not Just Blue, Kind of Grey, and More than White. The sole variant with 4GB/128GB configuration will retail at PhP 11,990.

Continue Reading


Spotify extends free trial to 3 months

Try Spotify Premium for a longer period of time



Spotify offers a free trial for everyone wanting to try the Premium experience. Spotify Premium used to be free for just 30 days, but that is changing today. Starting this August, Spotify is extending its Premium free trial for three months.

Spotify Premium is now offering the first 3 months for free. Everyone can try it out. The feature is rolling out globally with all of the plans eligible upon sign-up.

However, the three month offer is open only for those who haven’t tried Premium before. To activate, visit the website of Spotify Premium. Signing up requires either a credit card or a carrier billing.

Those lucky to grab the three month offer gains access 50 million song tracks available on-demand and ad-free, along with access to 450,000 podcast titles. Spotify is the leading music streaming service globally, and it offers an Android, iOS, desktop and web apps for all. Today, it boasts 217 million users across 79 markets.

SEE ALSO: 5 steps to making the perfect Spotify playlist

Continue Reading


Android Q is just Android 10

10 is not a dessert



Android is changing things up. After years of naming its newest iteration after a sweet treat, the newest version will now just be called Android 10.

Google’s mobile operating system explains that the decision to change its naming convention is aimed at being more inclusive.

Android says that while using names of tasty treats and desserts has always been a fun way of releasing each update annually, it wasn’t immediately understood by everyone. Especially not with a 2.5 billion user-base that’s spread all around the world. They’ve even gone out of their way to explain that “L and R are not distinguishable when spoken in some languages.”

They also made a fair point that it’s not easy for most people to identify if they’re device is running the latest OS. After all, there’s no clear indication that KitKat comes after Lollipop.

By switching to just Android 10, it becomes more easily understandable for all of its users, and the company felt that it was time for a change.

A new name also merits a new look. The Android robot is now officially part of the logo and the font color changed to black. The video below details the evolution.





Continue Reading