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HarmonyOS 2.0 vs EMUI 11: Settings UI, Fonts, Icons, Sections and more

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HarmonyOS 2 vs EMUI 11 Settings

HarmonyOS 2.0 vs EMUI 11 is the demand of our readers and it’s time that we dive more into this matter with the Settings UI comparison. In this battle, we’ll search for similarities as well as differences between the two different software user interfaces.

Let’s first start with the HarmonyOS 2 vs EMUI 11:

EMUI 11:

Since EMUI 10, Huawei has made substantial changes in the user interface. These look way better than the EMUI 9.1 and provides a new user experience with its set of UI elements.

However, the new UI is furnished with the EMUI 11 and we can say that this is the best version of EMUI, Huawei has ever created and perfected with time.

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Looking at the EMUI 11′ Settings menu, the icons are big and colorful, the menu item label is good. Users will find sections of categorized options.

The overall user experience is good and will not compromise the ease of access in terms of reachability.

Harmonyos vs EMUI 11 Settings

HarmonyOS 2:

Coming to HarmonyOS 2, this new OS comes with many improvements over EMUI 11 and it’s time that we look at them one by one.

Round background card:

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Compared to EMUI 11, the HarmonyOS UI is all about those round corners background cards that you’ll find almost everywhere on the user interface and the Settings menu is no different.

According to observance, the HarmonyOS Settings menu is clean and the items are divided into their cards section. You’ll notice the change at first sight.

Better text – HarmonyOS font

Huawei has officially designed the HarmonyOS font system for the HarmonyOS operating system that appears way better than the one used in EMUI 11. You can easily check the difference between the two of these.

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HarmonyOS 2 Settings

Good icons:

HarmonyOS Settings menu icons are subtle – not too small and not too large, which makes a perfect viewing combination. Also, some of the icons have been redesigned and colors have also been enhanced.

Section and subsection:

If you open any of the Settings, you’ll see the corresponding section but there are also sub-sections to provide you more information regarding that set of options.

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Resizable:

Both EMUI 11 and HarmonyOS supports the feature to increase or decrease the overall size of the user interface (UI)

So what do you think, which one has the better Settings UI, HarmonyOS 2 or EMUI 11? The results are obvious.

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Most of Deng Li's smartphones are from the Huawei ecosystem and his first Huawei phone was Ascend Mate 2 (4G). As a tech enthusiast, he keeps exploring new technologies and inspects them closely. Apart from the technology world, he takes care of his garden.

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HarmonyOS 2 vs Android 12: Control Panel and Quick Settings

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HarmonyOS Vs Android 12

Google Android 12 is the next operating system that comes with various new features. Android is open source and provides different types of customizations for the smartphone makers to customize Android and make it as a base of their custom software skin just like the Huawei EMUI.

However, if you are coming from any phone such as Huawei, Samsung, and others, you may find that Pixel device has minimized and a limited amount of apps, that solely launched by Google. This clean and Google apps only user experience is called – Stock Android.

But HarmonyOS is the next operating system that has entered on Huawei phones in China with the version HarmonyOS 2. Therefore, more and more device owners continue to upgrade over this new open-source operating system to ramp up HarmonyOS numbers to stand up against Android.

HarmonyOS Vs Android 12

In the past, we’ve compared different Android software including numerous types of software skins but this time, we’ll compare stock Android 12 vs HarmonyOS 2. For this HarmonyOS 2 vs Android 12 comparison, we’ll first dive into the quick settings feature of both of the software and see which one is the best.

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Stock Android 12 Quick Settings:

Android 12 is powered by Material You, a new user interface design specially designed for the Android ecosystem. The Android 12 Quick Settings panel shows the same integrations. Once shipped downwards, you can access the quick settings and there are various tiles (quick tap buttons), that have a good amount of width to make sure that you don’t miss a tap.

The brightness control and volume sliders also have now bigger sliders. However, the position of the brightness slider at the top should have been at the bottom side. You can also edit the Quick Settings options and add more into them or remove any if you want.

Android 12 quick settings

However, a virtual power button is a lifesaver, and it’s presented on the Android 12, from which, you can tap on emergency, initiate a lockdown, turn off the device or restart it. You don’t have to press the physical key to do such actions.

HarmonyOS:

HarmonyOS comes with a new Control Panel, that has different types of mobile services in a single place, such as media controllers, connectivity, quick settings, super device, and smart connected device. You can manage these from a single place without a hassle.

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HarmonyOS 2 Control Panel

Talking specifically about the quick settings, the HarmonyOS carries forward the EMUI 11 icons but polished them with better visibility and the design scheme of the HM OS software. Compared to the Android 12, you can check more of the quick switches on the same screen without any issues.

The design of the HarmonyOS quick settings is very simple and subtle, which makes it easy to use. However, that power switch is also a required feature that Huawei should use to this new operating system, to save the phone’s physical power key.

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HarmonyOS 2.0 vs EMUI 11: Camera app and features

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HarmonyOS 2.0 vs EMUI 11

Huawei has the best camera technologies in the smartphones industry. The example includes – Huawei P30, Mate 20, Mate 30, P40, and the latest Huawei P50 Pro. These phones provide the best picture quality on your hand and are taken with just a click.

Aside from the hardware and lens, the post-processing of the phone is done by the software and the entire interface is managed by the camera app. Yes, the camera app of Huawei phones has a lot of features and modes to explore.

Since we’ve already compared HarmonyOS 2.0 and EMUI 11. It’s time that we move on to the HarmonyOS 2.0 vs EMUI 11 camera app and its modes that were changed are available in one as well as the user interface.

HarmonyOS 2.0 vs EMUI 11 camera app comparison: Check the video comparison below

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EMUI 11:

To know about the changes, we first need to understand the structure of the Huawei camera app. Time to begin with EMUI 11, Just like the recent EMUI versions, EMUI 11 also comes with different modes, menus, and navigation modes. Let’s start with the Modes: The app has many modes to choose from the primary modes are:

  1. Aperture
  2. Night
  3. Portrait
  4. Photo
  5. Video
  6. Pro

EMUI 11 Camera UI

The rest of the modes for the main camera resides under the “More” tab including Super Slow-mo and Timelapse. Moreover, you can adjust these options via the edit buttons on the top. On the top bar, the camera app has, a number of different options Such as:

  1. Huawei AI Lens
  2. AI Mode
  3. Flash
  4. Filter
  5. Camera Settings

The camera preview window has a floating zoom bar that you can adjust to zoom in and out accordingly.

To be mentioned, the settings for the front camera, remain the same, as there have been no new changes noted.

Settings:

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Settings have an important in the user interface of the camera app. The settings menu has three sections:

  1. Photo Settings – Aspect ratio, audio control
  2. Video Settings – Video resolution, frame rate, EFI format
  3. General Settings – Other general settings

HarmonyOS 2:

So, why we’ve first described the EMUI 11 camera app? Because all of the options of the HarmonyOS camera app remain the same as the EMUI 11. However, there are a few additions that have been made to HarmonyOS and are mentioned below.

HarmonyOS 2.0 Camera UI

Multi-camera mode – With this feature, you can shoot a single video from different angles using different HarmonyOS powered devices and the shared distributed capabilities.

Round shape background and HarmonyOS Fonts:

Next comes the new round edge shape section background that looks way more elegant and clear compared to EMUI 11 and reflects the feel of HarmonyOS 2.0. Furthermore, the HarmonyOS fonts make a huge difference in order to identify the overall camera settings and options.

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HarmonyOS 2.0 vs EMUI 11 camera comparison Video:

Verdict:

There you have it, a comparison of HarmonyOS 2.0 vs EMUI 11 camera app. HarmonyOS 2.0 surely have more features and a better camera app UI than EMUI 11 but almost 90% of the features remain the same.

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iOS 14 vs HarmonyOS 2: Comparison of Settings user interface

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iOS 14 vs HarmonyOS 2 Settings Menu

We recently conducted a comparison between HarmonyOS 2 and Oxygen OS 11 in terms of the Settings menu user interface as well as design parameters. Today, we’ll compare iOS 14 and HarmonyOS 2 for the same feature.

iOS 15 is also under development and Apple is also looking to introduce this new software on iPhones. Since the software is still under beta testing, we look back to iOS 14, and is perfect for our comparison.

So, without further ado. Let’s begin our iOS 14 vs HarmonyOS 2 Settings menu comparison.

iOS 14:

iOS 14 Settings menu carries the same design changes as previous iOS devices, the UI looks clean and tidy.

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The icons are colorful and remain vibrant even in the dark mode feature. Also, the description of some options is very informative and helps users to learn more about the corresponding feature.

The operation around the UI is very simple and enables the gentle transition from one screen to another to provide a good user experience.

iOS 14 Settings Menu

HarmonyOS:

Huawei HarmonyOS 2 settings menu has its own uniqueness, the round corner background container enhances the look of a particular set of settings elements.

HarmonyOS 2 Settings Menu

The HarmonyOS fonts appear elegant alongside the well-baked icons on the same row. The animation and transition are quick and smoother than the iOS.

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Furthermore, the dark mode feature in HarmonyOS provides a better user experience and low contrast compared to iOS 14. Therefore, the overall Settings menu and the layout are provided better in this new operating system.

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HarmonyOS 2.0 vs EMUI 11: Settings UI, Fonts, Icons, Sections and more

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