Huawei’s EMUI 11 software dispute has been announced. This is a new version that is still based on Android 10. EMUI 11 will receive integrations specifically for the Harmony OS operating system and features such as multi-screen sharing.
Huawei EMUI 11
Huawei presents version 11 of EMUI during its Huawei Developer Conference. The latest version of Huawei’s software shell is still based on Android 10, but Huawei is already coming out with new functions. For the first time, Huawei is no longer running the new versions of its operating system with the Android versions, and this is also the case with Xiaomi phones, for example. EMUI 11 also works with Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), which is Huawei’s alternative to the Google apps and Play Store.
Always-on screen and animations
One of the most important new functions of EMUI 11 is the always-on screen. You can now personalize a screen that always remains active when your phone is locked. You can choose from a range of colors and you decide which data appears on the screen. Think of the date and any notification icons next to the remaining battery capacity. Huawei also comes with different themes for the always-on screen.
Huawei also improves the display of apps and the animations with which you switch between apps. The gallery has a new view that you can adjust by zooming in on the screen, similar to Google Photos. Furthermore, the transition animations while switching apps ensure less distraction and less twisting of your eyes. Playing ringtones should also be a more pleasant experience because your phones will now vibrate to the beat of the music when you receive a call.
Share floating windows and screen
Huawei also launches the Smart Multi-Window. You could already split your screen in two and show apps side by side for a long time, but now Huawei comes with floating windows. For example, if you’re in the middle of a game or watching a video, you can now quickly reply to a message in a floating window. You can also resize, drag, or minimize windows. In the latter case, the window disappears into a sidebar that allows you to multitask between your floating windows.
Huawei makes its own MateBook laptops that work with Windows 10, and the company has now announced an improvement to its Multi-Screen Collaboration feature. Previously you could project your screen on the MateBook via Huawei Share, but now you can use up to three windows at the same time to multi-task on your laptop. Drag text from one window to another to copy. You can also easily share pictures from your phone with your PC. With Multi-Screen Collaboration you can also make video calls via your phone on your laptop.
Huawei’s Notes app has many improvements with EMUI 11. You can convert text from images on your phone and paper documents directly into a note with the ‘Select from gallery’ and ‘Scan document’ functions. With the first function, the Notes app can take both text and images from a document so that you can edit them immediately.
With Scan document you use your phone’s camera to display a paper document. The software immediately recognizes the outline of the document and then you can copy the text and images into a note, convert the entire document to a Word file or share the text and images to other Huawei devices. The functionalities are strongly reminiscent of the possibilities of Google Lens.
It is not yet known when phones will receive the EMUI 11 update for the first time in the Netherlands. In addition, it is also not clear when Huawei will also update its phones with the new Android 11 operating system announced this week.