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HUAWEI Introduced EMUI 11: Updated Interface, Improved Multitasking And Increased Privacy

10 September 2020, Thursday By Elena Arich

As part of the HUAWEI Developer Conference, an annual conference for developers, the updated EMUI user interface was shown. In the eleventh version of the shell, the main focus was on the appearance of the system, multitasking, and privacy. Let's talk in detail about the key changes.

Redesigned Interface

EMUI 11 developers have focused not only on the aesthetic component but also on practicality. There are few visual changes, but they increase the comfort of interaction with the system.

For example, HUAWEI designers completely redrawn all animations. This was preceded by research on tracking the eye movements of users - so it was possible to find out which area of the screen smartphone owners look most often. As a result, the embedded software has key animation objects concentrated in the central area of the display. This makes it easier for the eye to track changes on the screen without losing sight of the most important things.

EMUI 11 interface

The well-known feature of AMOLED matrices has also been improved: the Always on Display function. It has added many options for screensavers, including dynamic ones that are displayed on a locked display. Detailed customization of AoD is also supported — within the selected theme, you can easily change the location of elements, additional information to display, and so on. You can choose the color scheme from presets, set it manually, or even adjust the shades to the Wallpaper installed on your phone. In the latter case, it is enough to show the AI the original image. Animations and live photos are also suitable as screensavers, which will be transformed accordingly.

Another interesting feature of EMUI 11 is the synchronization of vibration algorithms with notification and incoming call ringtones.

Improved Multitasking

A lot of attention was paid to multitasking. Improved the Smart Multi-Window mode. It is called as before: swipe from either side of the screen while holding your finger. This gesture opens a side panel where you can conveniently place your favorite utilities. And from there they can be easily launched in a windowed format. All this was in the previous version of the shell, but now the window size is controlled by the user. For example, while playing a game or watching a video, we place a small rectangle of the messenger on the display and write in it. If necessary, minimize the window, and it will appear as a small icon on the side of the screen. 

Smart Multi-Window mode

Devices with a large diagonal, such as tablets and the Mate XS smartphone, allow two applications to be placed in floating windows at once on top of the launched third one. It is very easy to move content between open programs: select the text in the browser and drag it into the notes, avoiding the hassle of long taps and the clipboard.

Smart pop-ups work in a similar way. When you receive a notification about a new message, swipe down on it from top to bottom to launch a smaller messenger window for a quick response. It's so convenient to chat without stopping watching videos on YouTube. 

EMUI 11 mart pop-up

The proprietary Multi-screen Collaboration mode has been upgraded to version 3.0. Now the system for forwarding mobile applications to a computer opens up to three windows at a time and provides full interaction with them. For example, we launch a camera on a smartphone, take a photo of a document, and recognize the text on a laptop. If the phone receives an incoming audio or video call, we answer directly from the laptop using its microphone and webcam. The list of supported devices so far includes only HUAWEI and HONOR laptops. But the developers say that there are no obstacles to introducing this feature into other models. 

Multi-screen Collaboration mode

Increased Privacy

A lot of changes in EMUI 11 have affected privacy. Applications currently do not get permanent access to the microphone, camera, and geolocation - the corresponding permission is issued once or only during direct use of the utility. As a result, programs in the background can't use the camera and microphone, which protects users from potential surveillance.

The Gallery application allows you to hide albums from prying eyes. In addition, when sending photos, EXIF data is deleted, including the device on which the shot was taken and the shooting location. Notes can now be locked with a password or fingerprint. 

If you stream video or other content to your TV, incoming messages and calls will only be displayed on your smartphone. This will save you from awkward situations with sudden children's pictures on the half-screen, when the device owner conducts a business presentation in front of colleagues and partners.

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