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HarmonyOS 2 vs One UI 3.1: Boot speed comparison



One UI 3 vs HarmonyOS 2

One UI is built on top of Android and provides a better user experience to all of the Samsung smartphone users. As a phone maker, the South Korean company has done many new improvements to the One UI ecosystem and these also reflect in the latest One UI version.

However, HarmonyOS 2 is the prime operating system of Huawei and its rollout is currently underway for smartphones in China. The new HM OS comes with a number of new features and user interface changes that allow users to get the most out of their devices.

We previously tested One UI 3.1 against Huawei’s operating system – HarmonyOS 2 in terms of the Dark Mode appearance and the user experience. However, it was just the beginning of our tests that we’re about to conduct on both of these software systems.

And now it’s time to check another comparison between One UI 3.1 and HarmonyOS 2.0 to measure their boot speed performance.


HarmonyOS 2 vs One UI 3.1 Boot Speed Comparison:

So, what’s the outcome of this boot speed comparison between One UI 3.1 and HarmonyOS 2 software. Well, let’s explore it together.

According to the comparison, the One UI 3.1 powered Samsung device completed the reboot process in around 34 seconds. On the other hand, the HarmonyOS 2 seals its win at around 30 seconds.

Check the HarmonyOS 2 vs One UI 3.1 boot comparison video below.


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.


HarmonyOS 2 vs Android 12: Control Panel and Quick Settings




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.


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 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.


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




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


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 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.


HarmonyOS 2.0 vs EMUI 11 camera comparison Video:


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




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.


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


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.


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.

Also, Check:

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

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