what the new version of the Huawei customization layer brings.
Today is the day, the one in which Huawei has unveiled the final version of EMUI 11 and has told us all its news. Therefore, here is our article with the main novelties of EMUI 11, so you know what the Android customization layer created by Huawei is going to bring back to its devices.
We will use the same format that we use in our SamaGame Basics news articles. We will first mention the main news by explaining things in depth about them, and then we will summarize other final news at the end of everything. The idea is that you have the maximum information about the main inclusions without leaving an immense article that you will not read.
EMUI 11 is not Android 11
At first there was talk that EMUI 11 could be based on Android 11 AOSP, which is the open source part of Android. However, Huawei has confirmed to us that this is not the case, and that finally EMUI 11 is based on Android 10, and that there will not be Android 11 until next versions of EMUI. Come on, until the future EMUI 12 … if HarmonyOS does not end up taking priority.
According to what we have been told from Huawei, this is because Android 11 is still in its beta versions, and that they have preferred to develop their layer on insurance in a stable version. However, no one is aware that the consequences of the trade war between the United States and China, which have left Google and Huawei unable to collaborate, may have played a role as well.
More customization for Always On mode
The first group of new features in EMUI 11 have to do with the interface, and it highlights the arrival of new designs for always-on display mode. This mode is the one with which when you turn off the mobile screen, there is a clock with a small graphic environment always visible. In this way, you will be able to see the time and some notifications without having to turn on the screen, which in the long run will make you gain autonomy.
Also, some styles that have multiple color settings also add an icon to upload a photo and get the main colors from that photo in case there is any combination you like. In addition, you can also create your own always-on design with your own images and GIFs.
Synergy between tones and vibration
This is a very peculiar curiosity, but we have decided to give it as the main novelty to explain it to you well. In general, when you receive a notification, the sound it makes can have a specific rhythm, but the vibration is usually limited to a preset number and rhythm. Come on, you have a wide variety of notification tones, but the vibration is not paired.
And that’s what Huawei has done, synchronize the rhythm of vibrations with the sound of notifications, so that it appears that you are feeling the sound. The vibrations will be in line with the sound waves of the tones. At the moment it is something that only works for system sounds, EMUI analyzes the sound and composes a vibration, although the idea is that in the future it will also work for your own melodies.
Minimize floating windows
Huawei, like many manufacturers in their customization layers, has a floating window system. With it, you can open one application on top of the other without actually covering it. So that? Well, so that when you do a quick action what you are doing does not go into the background. Now, you will be able to minimize the floating windows for when you are doing recurring tasks in addition to the main one.
The floating window has a minimize button, and when you click it, the application will stay open with a tab on the side of the screen. If, for example, you are sending messages to someone, with this you can read and respond without what you are doing with your main app happening in the background, and therefore without the risk of losing what you are doing.
App permissions improvements
EMUI introduces some interesting improvements in its permission management, which are ordered by categories so that you can navigate through them from the settings. One of the changes is that when granting permissions to the applications there will no longer be an option of always allowed and now, you can give it permission only while the app is in use or for all time, something that you can change whenever you want in the settings.
As well you can know at all times if an app is using a permission, since it will appear at the top of the screen, in the status bar at the top with a little icon. For example, if an app is using the camera, you will see the camera icon, the microphone when recording, or a GPS icon if it is using your location.
Thus, you will always know what data each application is accessing to avoid surprises. In addition, Huawei ensures that background apps will not be able to access these permissions even if you have them granted, so that they cannot spy on you in the background.
And beyond the main news that we have been telling you so far, we are now going to list some other minor news which have also arrived with the new version of EMUI. We are going to show them by points in a summarized way.
- Animations have been renewed of Huawei’s own applications, so that now they can show more information at once, focus on the points where you usually attend on the screen, and that when you access more information in them you do not lose what you were doing.
- Foldable devices may have two floating windows instead of one like conventional smartphones.
- From Huawei laptops, you can now run and manage remotely three mobile applications. You will be able to have all three of them open at the same time and use them simultaneously.
- MeeTime reaches more countries, the own version of FaceTime or Google Duo or Huawei, with high-quality calls and integration with third-party services and applications, will continue to expand. The complete list of countries in which it will be available is as follows, putting in bold those that are new: Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Poland, Singapore, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
- Voice assistant Celia reaches more countries. Italy and Germany join the rest of the European countries that already had it, including Spain.
- The gallery app will organize your photos in collections and with suggestions, similar to photos in iCloud or Google Photos. The analysis of the photos is done internally within the device, without having to send information to the servers. So more like Apple and less like Google.
- You can hide albums from third-party apps, so that they do not have access to certain photos. Obviously, you can also hide them in the gallery.
- Share photos by clearing the metadata of the EXIF to be able to send them without revealing location or the information of the mobile with which you have taken them.
- You can hide notes in the native application created by Huawei. Specifically, you can secure them so that a biometric identification is necessary to access them.
- Casting with privacy, so that if you are duplicating the screen of your mobile on the TV, the notifications will not be reflected and will remain on the mobile.
- More security and privacy, with the inclusion of the MDPP and ePrivacyseal certificates in addition to the other several that Huawei already has.