7 must-have apps you need for the Huawei P9.

Last updated: 6 June 2016


 7 must-have apps you need for the Huawei P9

Following its recent launch, the Huawei P9 has quickly become a big deal in the smartphone world. The camera on the Huawei P9, co-engineered with Leica, is arguably the main reason that it stands out from the rest of the Android phones on the market. Both of the two rear 12MP lenses have f/2.2 apertures and dual-pixel technology, for impressive pictures in various light conditions.

Of course, as with all smartphones, there's always the option to upgrade the fun-factor yourself with additional apps and tools to get the most out of your latest gadget. We've put together a list of some of the most impressive apps that are a perfect fit for your new Huawei.


  • Camera360 Ultimate

    Camera360 UltimateAndroid, iPhone (free)

    The Camera360 Ultimate app helps you to make the most of the unique Huawei setup with a collection of more than two hundred different filters, NFC photo sharing and plenty of tools for one-touch fixing.

  • Next Lock Screen.

    Next Lock ScreenAndroid (free)

    The Next Lock Screen app adds everything from fingerprint scanning, to smart lock settings and contacts; you can literally configure how your device responds to your touch.

  • PhotoDirector

    Photo DirectorAndroid (free)

    If you love a good selfie, the 8MP front-facing camera on the Huawei P9 will be right up your street. And, combined with an app like PhotoDirector, you can make sure every selfie is picture-perfect and ready to share. PhotoDirector contains every tool you could possibly need to edit your photos, from simple filters and text bubbles to far more complex things like curves and HSL.

  • Google Play Music

    Google Play MusicAndroid (free)

    While it might be true that this app works well on just about any Android smartphone, Google Play Music still ranks as one of the most essential additions out there when it comes to optimising your device. You can upload up to 50,000 of your own songs to the Google cloud for streaming wherever you go and, on top of that, you get a great streaming service that your phone won't struggle to run. If you’re into your music, check out these other free music apps.

  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Android, iPhone (free)

    Why not take advantage of the advanced camera features on the new Huawei and download Adobe Photoshop Lightroom? With Lightroom, you can adjust photos easily with loads of one-touch options, while Adobe Photoshop Express gives you the basic must-haves like cropping, filters and auto-fix.

  • Caustic 3.

    Caustic 3Android (free)

    The Huawei P9 isn't just a fantastic phone for budding photographers - it's also a great device for creative minds from all different walks of life. Packed with an eight-core processor, the Huawei has the speed and power for making the most of specialised apps like Caustic 3. This tool lets you play with everything from drum machines to synthesizers. It's a great way to add something special to your photo slideshows, if nothing else. And, if you fancy mixing up some more tunes, check out these music-making apps.

  • VSCO Cam

    VSCO CamAndroid, iPhone (free)

    Finally, the VSCO Cam is by far one of the most popular photo applications available for Android. It uses a specific camera application, connected with some impressive editing features and plenty of extras - like a user uploads page that’s similar to Instagram. This app is a photographer's dream, which makes it ideal for you and your Huawei P9.


Got any other apps you’d recommend? Send us a tweet at @ThreeUK and let us know what you’ve downloaded on to your Huawei P9.