After being blacklisted and banned from working US Based companies, Huawei had to improvise or it’s smartphone business will die which led to the switching over to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) which is the open-source and unmaintained version of the Android operating system which anyone can basically fork and port over onto their devices which apparently lacks the Google Play Protect, Google Mobile Service and anything from Google. But well, Huawei really doesn’t need Google Play Service because majority of it’s audience in China do not need those services if you know what I’m talking about in terms of censorship.
But in a way to continue using the very much popular operating system right over it’s own Harmony OS which it bragged to be better and faster than iOS and Android combined never got to any smartphone and made me wonder whether Huawei was merely bragging about it’s capacity rather than creating an entirely new ecosystem but that’s not the scope.
Huawei is rich enough to actually create an Operating system (Which we assume it did) but because Android is more popular, they needed to just make it work without Google’s support which led to the advent of the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) which comprise of Huawei firmware and the company taking over the maintenance of its own forked Android AOSP.
But well, this seems to be working well with the company as it tries to bring in more developers into it’s own ecosystem right after creating the Huawei App Gallery which basically mimics the Google Play store.
So without further ado, there is EMUI which we all know about and yesterday, we spoke about the list of Huawei devices that will be getting this new update which was introduced to us last week during the launching event of the P40 series. The new update has lots of interesting features and below are those we soon notice on it.
The most important aspect of the upddate is in the User Interface which now boast of an accelerated or decelerated animation model all based on momentum and friction. In other words, moving and scrolling things should feel more natural now.
Also, Multi-Window has gotten better while there is also a Floating window which allows you perform some quick tasks such as pressing on controls or responding quickly to messages without having to leave the active full-screen application.
You can even drag images, texts and files from one app to the other this time around. There is now a sidebar, accessible by swiping from either side of the UI. It is used to trigger floating windows quicker.
Another interesting feature is the Multi-Device Control Panel which can be triggered by merely swiping up from either corner on the bottom of the device’s screen. This feature allows you connect with other devices and you can also initiate Multi-Screen collaboration or control an IoT device directly from the interface.
There is now a Smart Suggestion engine as well which basically pushes options such as connecting to a nearby Huawei Sound X Bluetooth Speaker while you are listening to a music.
There is also a Multi-Screen Collaboration which also offer a tighter integration between supported Huawei smartphones and the Huawei Matebook laptop. This work by a single tap and with this you can control your smartphone from the laptop and also share files with ease. You can also make and receive both normal and video calls using the MateBook itself.
Huawei also introduced the MeeTime which is a video conferencing application and it’s expected to take on from other services such as the FaceTime or Google Duos which is nice if you think about it.
With this, you can collaborate more effectively and share screen and files. The new service will also work with it’s existing set of real-time beautification algorithms, low-light and bad connection optimizations.
Huawei seems to really want to build it’s own ecosystem and make the MeeTime a versatile platform which can work with third-party devices which means it can be gotten from other app stores in the future. As of now, can connect a Drift action camera wirelessly to MeeTime and use is as an external camera source for calls and collaboration sessions.
But then we also have a new AI Voice Assistant it called “Celia” and this as you can tell is taking over the Google Assistant and it can be triggered with the word “Hey Celia” or through long press of the Power button. While this is a pretty new software, it might be hard to criticize it just yet meanwhile, Huawei promised this will offer really interesting and advanced capabilities which includes object identification, food calories scanning and even face-to-face translation.
The software isn’t global just yet but Huawei promises to make it global pretty soon and the software will be coming to countries such as the UK, France, Spain, Mexico, Chile and Columbia. Other countries should follow. No specifics regarding a time frame yet, though so keep calm wherever you are.
Huawei’s EMUI 10.1 will come to a list of 30+ of it’s devices with the Mate 30 series, P30 series and the Mate X being the first to get the update followed by a list of others.