This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
On September 10, Huawei announced EMUI 11, a new version of its custom Android operating system, during a keynote speech at the annual Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) 2020. EMUI 11 is focused on improving the user experience, with minor usability improvements, according to the company.
We had a chance to experience EMUI 11 earlier on the HUAWEI P40 Pro, and here are some of the features that have been added.
This is a beta version, so it may be different when it is actually distributed, but there are no major changes in appearance at this time. If you are a regular user of EMUI 10, you may be able to feel some changes in detail, but honestly, I couldn't see the difference. Still, I was able to see some new features.
First of all, the Always On Display (AOD) has more customization options and an artistic theme has been added. You can choose from multiple layouts and colors, and for colors, you can select a photo and use its color palette. In addition to choosing from the specified images, you can also display any image you want.
The multi-window feature has also been enhanced. The basics have not changed, such as swiping from left or right to bring up the multi-window dock or floating window, but a minimization button has been added. Tapping it will cause icons to appear at the edge of the screen, making it easier to redisplay than the task list.
Other small changes include an animated icon when you tap the Quick Settings icon and vibration to the ringtones.
In addition, although it wasn't yet available in the beta version, the company is adding features such as real-time translation using AI.
Instead of a standalone smartphone, you can combine it with a HUAWEI laptop or tablet to display up to three smartphone apps on a PC, or use it as a dual display.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, the overall focus is on minor visual and usability improvements, and there are no major features. Android 11 is in a similar situation, but I guess that's how mature it is as an OS.
Speaking of Huawei's operating system, there is also HarmonyOS, which does not use Android, and this was mentioned in the keynote, and the company plans to release a smartphone with HarmonyOS in 2021.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.