Dark Mode is a feature that we all love to use and it nowadays works on all major smartphones but appears a bit different. Therefore a comparison between Huawei EMUI 12, HarmonyOS 2 vs Stock Google Android 12 vs Samsung One UI 4.1 vs Apple iOS 15, and Xiaomi MIUI 13 for dark mode feature has been arranged to see the changes these softwares bring to the most common parts of the user interface.
Dark Mode is a feature that is now available as part of Android, HarmonyOS, and iOS software. The feature helps you to apply a darker color scheme over the light interface to prevent eye strain in low light conditions. On the flip side, the dark mode also saves battery.
What are we gonna do?
Below, we’ll examine each of the smartphone software in their dark mode for the given part of the user interface:
- Quick Settings
- Settings Menu
As we use them the most in our day-to-day operations of smartphones.
In comparison to the last generation, EMUI 12 has good dark mode effects throughout the user interface, the use of dark gray and subtle black looks amazing. The use of light color icon background is really helpful and doesn’t shade much of the contrast if you look over them. Unlike the Control Panel shortcut switches, Huawei has tried to keep the user interface adequate contrast, which makes it very easy to adapt for long hours use case scenarios.
The user interface used in EMUI 12 is derived from HarmonyOS 2.0 and they both are identical. check the screenshot below.
Stock Android 12:
Stock Android 12 has brought a lot of new changes in the user interface, quick settings tile system, and material you design. The user interface is surely intriguing and easy to navigate but by default, the quick settings tiles on the stock Android 12 maintain dark mode. Once enabled a dark gray color is applied to the Settings menu. Moving on, the software uses Google’s Phone app’s dialer, which is also used by Xiaomi in MIUI 13. The overall look and feel of the Android 12 dark mode is satisfying. Yet, everyone is free to try the Material you dynamic theme for maximized user experience.
One UI 4.1:
Samsung has been one of the best players when it comes to the dark mode features, the phone maker has introduced this feature on One UI, even before it came by default on the Android project.
The One UI 4.1 has further enhanced the accuracy and the color balance between foreground and background colors in the user interface elements. You will find these changes throughout the user interface.
Such as the Settings menu, you’ll find the shape of the background used in the menu items feels encompassing with the icon as well as the text label. Meanwhile, the use of a high tone on the dialer is perfect to know which button you are pressing to dial your calls.
The overall appearance of the Samsung One UI 4.1 dark mode is comfortable to the eye and it deserves praise.
In iOS 15, Apple has kept the control center sleek, which looks the same once the dark mode is enabled or disabled. Yet, the translucent background changes along with the wallpapers once you apply the dark mode to the phone.
Moving on, iOS 15 has brought in the round shapes in the background of Settings menu options, which is a nice touch to look in dark mode and had a sharp appearance in the predecessor.
The color in the icons is also crafted with care as they remain the same in the light theme.
Despite its short search screen, I like the way, Apple has designed the round number pad on iOS, it is still, one of the best dialers that looks simple and elegant in dark mode.
The dark mode feature on MIUI devices looks decent. Once you tap on dark mode, the phone tries to maintain the color composition and it seems like it is fighting to showcase the changes from the light theme.
The appearance of MIUI 13 dark mode is not supported by its font system, which is a kind of a bummer. As mentioned above, the software is keen to use the Google phone app on the global market, which is a good choice to go with for phone calls.
The overall look of MIUI 13 is decent but not good nor above.
HarmonyOS 3 navigation bar is wider and better than Android 13
HarmonyOS 3 is a prime operating system and over the past two years, the Chinese tech maker has proved that it’s thinking par Android 13 to bring a new user experience, a example of this theory is the new navigation bar.
Yes, HarmonyOS 3 brings a new navigation bar that’s wider and better than Android 13. That’s how we’re bringing you this comparison between both of these mobile operating systems and checking what HarmonyOS 3 has to in the navigation bar offers over Android 13.
Although, Android 12 already had a navigation bar indicator but Android 13 enhances the appearance and makes it wide.
Talking about the interactions, the navigation bar on Android 13 sits on the very bottom of the screen but it doesn’t respond to gestures and remains static.
It is there all of the time, whether you are on the home screen, lock screen, quick settings, or in the application. However, it does go out while playing a full-screen app or video. Aside from these aesthetics, Android 13 gestures are good and react fast.
This new HarmonyOS version comes with a wide navigation bar indicator that is wider than Android 13. The indicator wasn’t available in the past version and making its debut.
The interesting part of the story lies in the fact that it is interactive from the core. For example, if you swipe up, the indicator will animate with the motion of your swipe gesture.
More on this, the navigation bar indicator on HarmonyOS 3 hides on the lock screen, control panel, and home screen to showcase the full screen. Meanwhile, it only appears when you open or navigates to Settings or apps. However, there should have been a navigation gesture sensitivity controller, which is available already on Android devices.
Yeah, Huawei HarmonyOS is improving the user experience and trying to match the standard that mobile user loves to surf. On the side, Android is only trying to evolve with low-key innovations.
Which one is better, HarmonyOS 3.0 Super Device or EMUI 12 Device+?
Huawei has always nurtured its users with amazingly good connectivity features. One is the HarmonyOS 3.0 Super Device feature, while the other is EMUI 12 Device+. Today we will discuss, how these features are different from each other, and which one serves best for you.
Interconnection is a demanding service, every user requires a smooth, secure and reliable connection between their devices. As we are moving ahead with technologies, connectivity has started to lacking behind.
Interaction problems among devices have become a common but major issue. But thanks to Huawei, it has taken care of both Chinese as well as global users in this aspect. The company has sheltered its devices with Super Device and Device+ features and managed to offer efficient interconnection services.
So let’s begin our exploration with Super Device and Device+
HarmonyOS 3.0 Super Device
Launched with HarmonyOS 2.0, Super Device is a prominent feature that drives all HarmonyOS gadgets effectively. It allows you to connect and operate other smart devices just by using the smartphone. For instance, with one tap, users can control and manage smart homes, smart vehicles, and other eligible gadgets.
With the latest HarmonyOS version, Huawei has enhanced this feature to more extent. Consequently, various devices can be flexibly combined, interconnected, and coordinate with different Huawei IDs. This gives you instant results in smooth and efficient interactions between your devices.
As mentioned, Huawei introduced this feature with HarmonyOS 2.0. At that time, global users were also expecting to taste this feature on their devices. However, the company soon made it clear that HarmonyOS phone-oriented features will remain exclusive in China.
Though users have the chance to enjoy HarmonyOS eye-catching elements on other devices. Such as tablets, smartwatches, speakers, smart screens, and more. Yet, phone features are still in anticipation.
EMUI 12 Device+
To benefit global users with efficient interconnection, Huawei unveiled EMUI 12 with the Device+ feature. Just like Super Device, the respective feature allows you to collaborate with numerous devices.
It makes your tablet or smartphone a hub for nearby Huawei gadgets. As a result, you can easily manage your every handset with a single device. Despite Huawei has tried to provide all its users with equal benefits, here are some dissimilarities that will hype your urge for HarmonyOS 3.0 system.
Dissimilarities between Super Device and Device+
1. Multi-Device Task Center
Although both features exhibit some fascinating services for consumers. Yet, only Super Device features can operate several tasks between your different devices. In Super Device settings, users can enable a Multi-Device Task Center that allows switching tasks between devices logged into the same Huawei ID.
2. Nearby Devices Map
Yes, you will find a map of nearby devices when enabling the Super Device feature in contrast to Device+. It allows you to connect with supported devices on the map with just a drag-and-drop gesture.
Apart from these features, the rest of the things are similar. To summarize, we can say that Super Device and Device+ both play a significant role in providing an immersive user experience. However, I think Huawei has paid a little more attention to HarmonyOS 3.0 with some additional features than EMUI 12.
Meanwhile, EMUI still has equal part of Android inside rather than being a HarmonyOS based software.
Battery Percentage Comparison: iOS 16, Android 13, EMUI 12, One UI 5, MIUI 13, OxygenOS 13
The battery percentage is an essential feature and it’s available on almost all Android and even iOS devices. So today, we’ll take a deep look into the battery percentage icon comparison between Apple’s iOS 16, Google Android 13, Huawei EMUI 12 and HarmonyOS, Samsung One UI 5, Xiaomi MIUI 13, and OnePlus OxygenOS 13.
A battery percentage is a number (numeric) that allows you to view the accurate battery level on your smartphone. Some phones don’t enable this feature by default.
For this comparison, we’ll look into the appearance, and how the percentage text appears around or inside the battery icon. Also, we’ll look into the additional options that each of these software offers to enhance the user experience.
The notch on iPhone has forced Apple to oust battery percentage from its mobile software but iOS 16 has brought back this feature ono place. The battery icon is placed in landscape position including percentage text inside the battery icon. Both of these elements change colors into light and dark appearances based on the screen colors. It looks good.
The stock Android 13 has its own way of showing the battery percentage label on the right side of the battery icon (vertical). Yeah, it looks good. However, there’s no option of showing the battery percent inside the icon.
EMUI 12 and HarmonyOS share the same typography for battery labels but there’s a difference between them. EMUI 12 shows the percentage label on the left and HarmonyOS on the right. Also, this two software offer you to show battery-level text either inside the battery icon, on the side, or not at all.
One UI 5:
Samsung also follows Android’s tradition because One UI also comes with a vertical battery icon but a battery percentage level on the left side. It is a decent look-through.
Xiaomi MIUI brings you both options to show percentages inside the icon (landscape) or on the right side. But one thing to mention is that its in-icon battery doesn’t clearly show the label.
OxygenOS is quite interesting and comes with more options than any of the above-mentioned contenders to show improve the aesthetics of the battery percentage area.
There are two ways to customize the feature – one for the battery style and battery percentage.
Battery style has:
- Do not show
- Inside battery icon
- Outside battery icon
- Do not show
These options make it the most interactive provider of battery percentage settings. However, the appearance still lacks proper visibility for all of the available options.
So, which is the winner? It’s iOS 16, followed by HarmonyOS. iOS uses a full-color fill to show the battery percentage inside the icon. Also, the battery icon is a big tall and maintained width as compared to other software. This allows Apple to increase the text size. If the battery level decreases, the battery icon doesn’t decrease the level, which keeps the percentage text visible.
HarmonyOS and EMUI 12 battery percentage visibility is quite good and deserves second place. However, one thing to note is that none of these have a better in-icon label than iOS 16.