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OpenKirin brings stock Android to Huawei and Honor devices that are stuck with EMUI otherwise

Huawei P20 handsets get stock Android thanks to OpenKirin
Huawei P20 handsets
Those who love certain Huawei and Honor devices but cannot stand the company's custom interface, EMUI, can run stock Android thanks to a new project called OpenKirin. The list of supported devices currently includes no less than 17 phones and tablets loaded with EMUI 8 by default.

OpenKirin is a fresh project that supports 17 handsets and tablets with EMUI 8, the only problem with it being that Huawei plans to shut down its bootloader unlock service in less than a month. The aim of this project is to help the users of these Huawei and Honor devices to easily flash a stock Android ROM instead of the custom interface developed by the Chinese company that some might not enjoy.

The list of supported devices includes budget ones like the Honor 6X and the Huawei P10 Lite, but goes all the way up to the high-end devices such as the Honor View 10 and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. To make it all even better, OpenKirin does not simply support Google's stock Android images. The ROMs supported at this time are the well-known LineageOS, CarbonROM, and Resurrection Remix OS.

Returning to the supported devices, we should also mention the MediaPad M5 and MediaPad M5 Pro tablets. To get started with the whole OpenKirin flashing ordeal, you should request a bootloader unlock code from Huawei — and be sure to do this before July 22, the day when the service is supposed to go down. After unlocking the bootloader, everything should go smoothly. The OpenKirin installation instructions are available on this page.

After July 22, we will probably hear about non-official methods to unlock the bootloader of Huawei and Honor devices, but until that happens, the best thing to do would be to take advantage of the official bootloader unlocking method. If you're one of the adventurous ones who already flashed their Huawei/Honor device, let us know all about it in the comments.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-06-24 (Update: 2018-06-24)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.