On September 10, Huawei officially released the EMUI 11 system. The new system redesigned the off-screen display, adopted the new dynamic effect of “one mirror to the end”, brought new artistic themes, and more flexible “smart windows” and more efficient multi-screen collaboration.
▲ EMUI 11 system brings a new design
Regarding these new changes in EMUI 11, many netizens said that compared with the previous EMUI 10.1, the new system seems to have little improvement and weak perception. But this is not the case. On the one hand, EMUI 11 is in the transitional moment of the two systems of Android and Harmony. Huawei puts more emphasis on multi-device interconnection and wants to build a super terminal with smartphones as the core; On the other hand, many optimizations and improvements of EMUI 11 are concentrated in the process of human interaction with the system, and the subtleties can only be truly appreciated after a period of time.
To this end, Huawei held a media communication meeting to explain in detail the story behind the EMUI 11 system design, allowing people to deeply experience the changes brought about by the new system. In addition, Huawei also announced that Hongmeng OS will adopt a new design language, more innovative designs, and a more full-scene experience. It will release a beta version of mobile phone developers on December 16.
When multiple devices are combined into one giant
Before understanding EMUI, we must first talk about the relationship between EMUI, Android, and Hongmeng. EMUI is the system UI design, while Android and Hongmeng are operating systems. To put it simply, Android and Hongmeng are like different cake bases, while EMUI adds cream and ingredients to the cake base and finally becomes a finished cake. Of course, the final cake flavors made with different ingredients are different, such as the “MIUI” flavor, “ColorOS” flavor, and the latest “OriginOS” flavor.
In the future, Huawei will gradually replace the Android system with Hongxing. Whether it can run Android apps is determined by the new system Hongmeng; and whether it looks good or not, depends on the design of EMUI.
▲ Hongmeng OS is the bottom layer, EMUI is interaction and design
In the process of designing EMUI 11, Huawei proposed three concepts: consistent and integrated, lightweight and efficient, refined and individual. These propositions are integrated into all parts of the system and finally drawn into an interactive system that users can see and touch. These concepts are not only applied to the EMUI 11 system but also extended to the systems of other devices.
The best embodiment of this is the concept of “consistent and unified”. Users who have used smart screens will find that many designs and logics of smart screens are similar to those of Huawei smartphones. For example, the card-like design of the functional area at the bottom of the smart screen homepage is the same as the Dock at the bottom of the phone; some necessary function buttons are placed in the notification bar called on the right.
▲ The Dock design at the bottom of the smart screen’s main screen is borrowed from a smartphone
These interaction logics are consistent with smart phones. Not only smart screens, there will be more interactions with “Huawei” devices in the future, borrowing from smart phones to ensure consistency between different devices.
Of course, it’s not enough that the interface looks familiar and consistent. The reason why Huawei developed Hongmeng and gradually switched from Android to Hongmeng was to build a super terminal. The core of this so-called super terminal is to make the devices that make up the terminal regardless of you and me.
How can you call me regardless of you? For a simple example, when the map navigation is turned on on the mobile phone, the watch immediately takes over the service of the mobile phone in the pocket of the mobile phone, and the navigation information is seamlessly displayed on the watch; the photos of the tablet and mobile phone do not need to go through the cloud and other complicated operations. You can share to the smart screen.
▲ A classic example of multi-screen collaboration with Huawei “Super Terminal”
In different scenarios, service connection is integrated, and resource reading is also integrated. From mobile phones to watches, to car machines, to smart screens, and even to some other devices, for users, it’s just a change of scene and screen, and their experience is seamless. This is the principle of “oneness”.
“Consistent and One” is actually for multiple devices, not just the purpose of smart phone system design. When more devices are added to this ecosystem in the future, they will be combined in pairs (perhaps more than two) to form a super terminal. This design concept will ensure the consistency of experience among multiple devices.
“Human Factors Research” becomes the cornerstone of EMUI
Putting aside the multi-device design concept and focusing on the EMUI 11 system, as the core of “1+8+N”, the simplicity and efficiency of the system itself is also very important. The smart multi-window function of EMUI 11 is optimized again. The activated floating window can not only be dragged and zoomed but also can be harvested and hung on the side.
▲ The smart split-screen floating window can become a floating ball and hang
In fact, the smart multi-window function is derived from the split-screen function of the Android native system. It’s just that the original split-screen function is not easy to use, even on a larger tablet screen. To this end, Huawei has designed a Dock bar that can be swiped open on the tablet to quickly start the split-screen function, and also added a floating window as an extension of the split-screen function.
Now, these functions have been transferred to smartphones, and the floating windows have become more flexible. Multiple floating windows can be opened and hung on the side of the phone in the form of floating balls. Even when users are worried that the transfer will be disconnected when exiting the interface when transferring files, they can also hang on the side with a floating ball.
In addition to the smart multi-window function, Huawei has done a lot of human factors research on dynamic interaction. Through these studies, the system becomes more comfortable and more efficient. What is human factors research? For example, Huawei will invite volunteers to use professional equipment to collect the electrical signals of the hand muscles when sliding the mobile phone to determine the degree of muscle fatigue, find the most comfortable operating position for the user, and finally determine the side Dock bar and Where is the interactive area?
With this kind of research, the past “design interaction by feeling” no longer exists, and it is replaced by scientific and well-founded settings. Similar research also includes the analysis of the gaze point of human eyes on smart screens, tablets and other devices; the impact of smartwatch interaction during exercise, and so on.
▲ The human factors laboratory adjusts the equipment for dynamic interaction
Huawei will invite some volunteers to assist in the research, and the number of volunteers for each test is not less than 30. It is based on these studies that Huawei has optimized the dynamic effects of the EMUI 11 system to make users’ browsing more efficient and more focused through the “one mirror to the bottom” approach.
Nowadays, human factors research has become the most basic part of Huawei’s interaction design. It is supported by real data, rather than following the feelings. Only this design can make the interaction with the device more comfortable and natural.
Shoot themed wallpapers with ice and alcohol
In addition to interaction and animation, Huawei has added new themes and AOD off-screen display to EMUI 11. Even for a small off-screen animation, Huawei’s designers have done a lot of research. For example, in order to make the deer walk more agile, the designer studied the details of the hoof and legs of hoofed animals, as well as the steps of four legs when walking. order. Even how the jungle behind the deer is more three-dimensional and more spatial has been adjusted in many versions.
▲ Light Fawn has made multiple adjustments to this AOD
Not only the off-screen display, but also emoji with Huawei’s characteristics, charging animations, etc., have undergone multi-version design, continuous adjustment, and finally presented to users. It also contains some subtle thoughts, such as the speed at which bubbles emerge in the animation and the charging speed when charging.
In terms of themes, Huawei tried to shoot real scenes of alcohol infesting ice cubes on the P40 as a new theme wallpaper. This method of “shooting real scenes for wallpaper” has also been used by Apple on iPhone and Apple Watch. It can be said that this is a real artistic creation, rather than using commercial materials for stitching like many years ago.
▲ The P40 theme was shot with alcohol on ice
In this generation of the Mate40 series, Huawei has been adhering to the animation concept of “One Mirror to the End” and created four sets of themes: “Future Wings”, “Realm”, “Starry Sky Painting” and “Wings of Light”. From the off-screen display to the lock screen interface, and then to the desktop wallpaper, the animation is done in one go. The whole process is like a ray of light from the dark stage, and finally, the whole screen is opened.
▲ Four themes of EMUI 11
Although this form of turning off the screen to lock the screen and then to wallpaper is not the first of Huawei, these themes are a fusion of photography, three-dimensional, and painting integrated artistic creation. The integration of a variety of creative techniques makes the themes richer and more artistic.
Written at the end:
When you notice these details, do you feel that the changes in EMUI 11 are much richer than you think? It is not as simple as repainting the icon and adding a few more wallpapers but starting from the details. Some people behind it, supported by research, gradually become “lightweight, efficient, refined and individual”.
Huawei’s current design ideas are gradually on the right track, and will gradually be opened to partners in the future so that the interaction between products in the Hongmeng ecosystem and Huawei’s mobile phones will have a highly consistent experience.
At the end of the communication meeting, Mao Yumin, vice president of Huawei’s software department, announced that on December 16, the Hongmeng mobile phone developer Beta version will adopt a new design language, and Mate40 series will be upgraded first. I believe that explaining the design of the new system will also uphold the EMUI 11 design philosophy.
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Galaxy A11 smartphone getting last Android 12/One UI 4.1 major update
Samsung has begun to distribute the Android 12 major update to Galaxy A11 smartphone users. This is the final major update for Samsung’s Galaxy A11 smartphone, which is a lower-end device that debuted with the Android 10 operating system.
With firmware version A115FXXU3CVI3, the Galaxy A11 receives the Android 12-based One UI 4.1 update. It also includes the August 2022 security patch, which addresses a number of privacy and security flaws. The new software update is currently being rolled out in Sri Lanka, with other countries expected to follow suit in the coming days.
Galaxy A11 key features:
The Samsung Galaxy A11 has a 6.4-inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1560 720, weighs 177 grams, supports dual SIM card functions, and has a fingerprint sensor on the back. In terms of specifications, the Samsung Galaxy A11 has an octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, a built-in 4000mAh battery, supports 15W fast charging, 3GB of memory and 32GB of body storage, a USB-C and 3.5mm headphone jack, and Bluetooth 4.2 support. The Samsung Galaxy A11 has an 8MP front camera and a 13MP (f / 1.8) + 5MP (f / 2.4) + 2MP (f / 2.2) triple camera on the back.
Galaxy A11 gets more features with the Android 12/One UI 4.1:
The Android 12 update brings color palettes to the Galaxy A11. It can extract primary colors from phone wallpapers and apply them to various UI elements. Samsung has also improved widget styling and the UI design of the widget picker. Users can directly select the audio output when the screen is locked and add more widgets there. Dark Mode has been improved, and there are new charging animations. Brightness and volume sliders are now larger and easier to use.
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Samsung has improved all built-in apps on the Galaxy A11 with the Android 12 update. The camera app is now purer and gets a portrait mode for pets. Video recording starts as soon as the user touches the shutter button.
The Albums app now includes improved Stories, improved album categorization and arrangement, and the ability to edit or delete personal information (date, location, and time) from images. The Gallery app can even recreate old or blurry photos. The Album Photo Editor feature now saves edit history, allowing edits to be undone or redone without erasing the original file.
The Samsung keyboard now features Grammarly-supported language suggestions, quick access to emojis and GIFs, and clipboard protection. One UI Core 4.1 brings improvements to the share menu. You can now prioritize what you want to see in the share menu, navigate easily, and get tips to edit images before sharing.
The Calendar app has new widgets, the ability to quickly add events, and better search options. It’s also easier to share your calendar with others. Date and time selection is now easier and even deleted events can be recovered. The updated Samsung Internet web browser brings faster search suggestions, new home screen components, and the ability to launch in private mode.
The Device Maintenance section now displays more information at a glance. Include the overall status of the phone and diagnose problems with the phone. Samsung has also added more accessibility features, including customizable flash notifications, the ability to edit blur/transparency effects, and always-available floating buttons.
Other new features include resizable picture-in-picture mode, quick-access popup options, an enhanced Edge panel, and the ability to skip an alert once. Search has also been improved in the Messages, My Files, and Settings apps.
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WhatsApp beta update brings block screenshot feature for Android users
WhatsApp is constantly improving its services for Android and iOS users. The latest update includes some useful features for users, which we found to be truly amazing. The developers have now begun to distribute the new beta update for WhatsApp, which is currently available for Android users.
WhatsApp has received a new beta update 18.104.22.168, which you can download and test on your Android device. The most recent beta update to this app includes a new privacy feature that allows users to block screenshots in certain scenarios.
WhatsApp Beta version 22.214.171.124 for Android:
Mark Zuckerberg announced in the summer that some new privacy-related features would be introduced soon, one of which was screenshot blocking.
With the latest beta version, this function has been made available to some testers, for which a new system for displaying images and videos that disappear (i.e. that can only be seen once) is introduced, capable of preventing people from taking a screenshot or video recording of the screen is introduced.
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These screenshots show a black screen, which is exactly what users will see if they try to take a screenshot or record a screen video of images and videos shared by others using the one-time view option.
However, keep in mind that, despite this security feature, users can still take screenshots of conversations even if they contain some messages that disappear (this is because the new functionality is limited to viewing images and videos) and that disappearing photos and videos can always be “captured” through another device’s camera.
Basically, the advice is to use the option to send photos and videos with a single view with great care, as any sensitive and/or confidential content could be equally at risk. At the moment there is no information on when this new feature will be made available to all users.
How to download the new beta version of the app:
If you want to try the latest version of WhatsApp Beta for smartphones based on the Google mobile operating system, you have the possibility to do it through the Google Play Store, by subscribing to the beta testing channel (you can find the page dedicated to this program by following this link).
Those who have not managed to sign up for the beta program but would like to try this version of the messaging app in a preview can do so by manually installing the relative APK file, which can be downloaded from APK Mirror (find the dedicated page by following this link).
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Lock Screen Customization: Samsung One UI 3.0 beta vs Apple iOS 16
Apple released the iPhone 14 series earlier this month, which includes the iOS 16 operating system. In addition, Samsung has made the One UI 5.0 operating system compatible with Android 13 available to eligible devices. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are now available with new lock screen customization and the Dynamic Island feature. On the other hand, One UI 5.0 beta 3 includes lock screen customization for Galaxy S22 series users.
Meanwhile, the Smart Island feature has been made available to Android users via third-party applications such as dynamicSpot, and it is fully functional on Android devices. The lock screen customization, on the other hand, has arrived for Galaxy S22 users with the One UI 5.0 beta update and is very similar to the iOS 16 lock screen customization.
According to Twitter tipster TechDroider, the custom Samsung lock screen process in the One UI 5 Beta 3 system is similar to Apple’s iOS 16. Samsung currently offers five different clock styles, whereas Apple offers eight. The user can also change the color of the clock in both operating systems.
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Apple iOS 16 vs Samsung OneUI 5 (Android 13) – Lock Screen pic.twitter.com/2tIcMaLaAN
— TechDroider (@techdroider) September 26, 2022
We discovered that when it comes to adding new wallpapers, both operating systems offer background collections that are highlighted in a similar manner. While Apple provides both built-in and third-party widgets, Samsung currently only provides widget icons for notifications.
Following the release of the iPhone 14/Pro series, Samsung mocked Apple for being out of touch with the concept of folding screens, large-pixel cameras, and so on.
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