Earlier today at HDC (HUAWEI Developer Conference), the Chinese telecom giant announced EMUI 11 alongside HarmonyOS and HMS Core 5.0. The company has even released beta builds for 10 of its devices. However, unlike other OEMs, Huawei’s latest Android skin is based on Android 10 as the firm could not work with Google due to the US ban. Anyway, we can expect future builds to come with Android 11 as the search giant has now released the source code to AOSP.
If you have watched the movie 1917, you might be aware that the whole movie looks like it was shot in a single take. This method of filmmaking is known as “long-take” where the screen does not change.
Huawei’s Human-Factors Engineering Research Lab designed the animations of EMUI 11 inspired by the long-take shots used in movies, as explained above. These are subtle animations that take place where the user’s eyesight is focussed by not disturbing the whole screen.
These can be found in certain system applications like Gallery and Calendar to name a few. It’s worth noting that similar animations can be also found in MIUI 12.
New Always On Display
Huawei brought some improvements to Always-on Displays (AOD) in its EMUI 10.1 earlier this year. Now, with EMUI 11, the AOD feature gets another facelift with support for DIY styles and a number of default styles inspired by the work of renowned painter Piet Mondrian. Talking about DIY styles, users can select any image, video or GIF of their choice.
EMUI 11 AOD
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What’s interesting is EMUI 11 AOD now looks and feels exactly like MIUI 12 AOD+. Even their settings page is identical.
Redesigned Gallery App
The stock Gallery app finally adds support for pinch to switch between pictures/videos between day and month view in the “Photos” tab. Whereas, the content in the “Albums” tab is now laid out in 4:3 aspect ratio with new settings to sort photos as XDA Developers points out.
EMUI 11 Gallery
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Xiaomi’s MIUI features live icons for certain system apps, which animates when users exit those apps. In MIUI 12
Multi-Screen Collaboration 3.0 & Smart Multi-Window
With newly introduced Smart Multi-Window features, users can resize the windows of the floating apps and even switch between different such applications from a dock. On foldables like the company’s Mate X and Mate Xs, users can also open multiple floating apps just like on the Galaxy Z Fold2.
EMUI 11 Smart Multi-Window
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Further, Multi-Screen Collaboration 3.0 brings support to open up to three apps on the connected computer at a time. Users can now attend calls as well as use their device’s camera as a webcam. The new version also adds support to edit the documents stored on the laptop directly from the user’s EMUI device.
Privacy & Security
Just like fellow Chinese Android skins, Huawei’s EMUI 11 also now notifies the usage of camera, microphone, and GPS in the status bar. It also adds an option to share pictures without EXIF data.
Further, it also brings hidden albums and hidden memos for Gallery and Huawei Notes app respectively. That’s not all, a new Safety Cast feature restrains sensitive content to cast on the user’s output display.
EMUI 11 Beta & Rollout
Currently, the following 10 HUAWEI-branded devices are eligible for the beta program.
- HUAWEI P40
- HUAWEI P40 Pro
- HUAWEI P40 Pro+
- HUAWEI Mate 30
- HUAWEI Mate 30 5G
- HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro
- HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G
- PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 30 RS
- HUAWEI MatePad Pro
- HUAWEI MatePad Pro 5G
HONOR-branded devices like the HONOR 30 series, HONOR V30 series, and even the Huawei nova 7 series will be added in the program in the coming days. That said, Huawei is yet to announce the stable rollout timeline.
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