First impressions of the Huawei EMUI 11 : its best features
(Huawei EMUI 11) Coinciding with the launch of Android 11 and as part of the company’s developer conference on September 10, Huawei rolled out its new software for Android, EMUI 11. We have spent a bit of time with its beta version before its announcement.
While HarmonyOS will serve as the new paradigm shift in Huawei’s software platform , other more immediate changes are on the horizon with the latest update to its Android-based interface, Emotion UI. We currently find it on both the company’s smartphones and tablets, and it will bring both cosmetic and functional changes.
What features does EMUI 11 have?
The move from EMUI 10.1 to EMUI 11 shouldn’t sideline existing Huawei users. At best, some aspects of EMUI 11 have been designed to improve user interaction, making it easier to keep track of where you’ve been and how it has affected your browsing with the software .
Here is a summary of the main features of EMUI 11:
New AOD options
We start with something you would normally see on a compatible mobile. Huawei has added new customization options in its Always-on Display configuration in EMUI 11.
You’ll find new categories like ‘Artistic’, which includes watch designs named after famous artists and the styles that influenced them, like ‘Mondrian’ or ‘Memphis’.
You can choose from a color palette to customize your screen and there is even an option to extract colors from your camera or gallery. If this doesn’t suit you, you can use your own images and it now supports animations like GIFs.
New Gallery interface
When viewing the photos tab in the native EMUI Gallery app, you can now switch from monthly to daily view with a two-finger pinch. The interface change occurs with a new animation so you can get an idea of where your images are.
The ‘Albums’ tab, on the other hand, has a new 4: 3 layout, which Huawei describes as “more energetic” and which comes with new organization options.
Change audio source
From Android 11 comes quick access to a switch to change the audio, which appears when you are playing video from several different audio outputs and are visible to the mobile or tablet you are using.
You will find it in the notifications section or as a floating window and it allows you to change your preferred audio source with just one touch.
In part it is an evolution of an existing feature and in part a far-reaching measure: EMUI’s multi-screen functionality has been improved for version 11.
Now you can move the active floating windows, change their size and minimize them in the so-called ‘Quick Ball’, which you will find on the side of the screen. Then you have the option of choosing which apps you want to be able to switch from one to another, as well as the possibility of switching from split screen mode with a simple gesture: press for a while and drag.
On devices with a larger screen, such as folding phones and tablets , there is room for two floating apps running at the same time, one next to the other.
Improved Notepad app
Now, you have the option to extract text from images, either from your device’s gallery or directly from the camera. This feature even supports documents longer than one page, so you can scan and extract the text from long documents at once.
There are new options to export a Word document and the possibility of sending extracted text through Huawei Share.
Multi-screen collaboration 3.0
As an extension of the new features of the Notes app, those who have several devices compatible with EMUI 11 and have multi-device collaboration activated will be able to open the Notepad on your tablet , touch the camera icon and select your mobile from the menu. The mobile camera will open and you can use it to extract text from an analog source in real time.
This camera (and microphone) that works on various devices also comes for other apps, such as MeeTime and potentially will also in the future for third-party video calling apps.
The aforementioned multi-window functionality, when used in conjunction with MSC 3.0, now also supports up to three applications running on a single PC at the same time.
Other notable features of (or coming to) EMUI 11
Third party peripheral compatibility in MeeTime: Wireless compatibility for example with the KanDao Meeting 360º conference system and the Drift Ghost 4K + action camera.
More countries with MeeTime support: MeeTime is currently available for users in China, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and South Africa, but will soon also arrive for Spain, Germany, France, Italy and Poland.
More MeeTime Compatible Devices: MeeTime is already compatible with devices such as the P series, Mate series and MatePads, but it should reach more Huawei products, including wearables .
Safety Cast: This function allows you to mirror your screen without also showing notifications.
Hidden Album: A hidden album within the Gallery app that cannot be seen and is protected by user authentication (face, fingerprint, PIN …).
Hidden Memo: In a similar way to the previous one, you can protect your notes with a user authentication.
Animations: More informative interface animations that help let users know where they were and what got them there in specific EMUI apps, such as Phone, Calendar, Gallery, and Huawei Health.
Live Icons: Elements of the user interface with more animation, especially within the marker of the Phone, Notepad and Music app.
Synchronized vibrations: New compound vibrations to keep up with the accompanying audio for a better haptic experience.
App permissions: The ‘Always allow’ permission is now more hidden in the settings menu (so you can keep activating it if you prefer) in favor of ‘Allow this time’ and ‘Allow only on use’.
The history of permissions, accesses and open apps now have more accessible options for the user for greater transparency.
What devices will be compatible with EMUI 11?
Although we do not know when each device will receive the update to EMUI 11 (or Magic UI 4 in the case of Honor devices), we do know which terminals are compatible. You can find them below:
- Huawei Mate 30 Pro
- Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G
- Huawei Mate 30
- Huawei Mate 30 5G
- Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche design
- Huawei Mate 20
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro
- Huawei Mate 20 X
- Huawei Mate 20 X (5G)
- Huawei Mate 20 Porsche RS
- Huawei Mate X
- Huawei Mate Xs
- Huawei P40
- Huawei P40 Pro
- Huawei P40 Pro +
- Huawei P40 Lite
- Huawei P30
- Huawei P30 Pro
- Huawei Nova 7 SE
- Huawei Nova 7
- Huawei Nova 7 Pro
- Huawei Nova 6
- Huawei Nova 6 5G
- Huawei Nova 5T
- Huawei Nova 5
- Huawei Nova 5 Pro
- Huawei Nova 5Z
- Huawei Nova 5i
- Huawei Nova 5i Pro
- Huawei MatePad Pro
- Huawei MatePad
- Huawei MediaPad M6
- Honor 30
- Honor 30 Pro
- Honor 30 Pro +
- Honor 30S
- Honor V30
- Honor V30 Pro
- Honor V20
- Honor 20
- Honor 20 Pro
- Honor 20S
- Honor 20 Youth Edition
- Honor 9X
- Honor 9X Pro