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HarmonyOS brings camera ring, two way satellite SMS, animations and more



Huawei Mate X3

Today, Huawei started the first sale of the Mate X3 foldable phone and the company is pushing a HarmonyOS update that comes with a new camera ring as well as other important software features.

As a first software update, Huawei Mate X3 users should grab this new version to get the best experience.

Looking at the changelog, Huawei is sending a new hover mode. Similar to its name, the feature allows you to choose different modes depending on the folding angle of the Huawei Mate X3.

This is the newest addition to Huawei smartphones and one of the top capabilities of HarmonyOS 3.1. Now, foldable phones can take photos at a certain angle of your phone. Also, you can make the phone stand for itself and watch movies and videos on half of the screen. Meanwhile, the rest of the controls will appear in the second half.

Coming to the camera section, Huawei is sending a brand new upgrade to the camera app. It now includes a zoom ring, which allows you to adjust the zoom manually via the new rotating dial. It also improves the way you interact with the camera feature.

Furthermore, the update will improve the camera and photo quality of the entire smartphone. To be mentioned, Huawei Mate X3 packs with two-way satellite SMS technology and HarmonyOS optimizations this futuristic capability of the phone.

Finally, there’s a brand new improvement made to the display and animation effects in some scenarios.

Below you can check the full changelog:

Huawei Mate X3

Hover mode:

  • A new mode frees your hands and also flexibly switches the shooting angle to create various shooting effects and experience more shooting fun.
  • Added the feature of hovering and watching movies. While watching movies in full screen, fold the phone to the hovering state, watch movies on the upper half of the screen, and control playback, pause, fast forward, and adjust the volume on the lower half of the screen.


  • A new zoom ring is added to provide you with real and comfortable motor vibration feedback during the focusing process, restoring the camera zoom control experience, making the zoom handier and the focus more accurate
  • Optimize the photo mode and improve the image quality


  • Optimize the experience of using two-way satellite SMS


  • Optimize the display and animation of some situations.

Amy is our firmware and software specialist, she keeps her eagle eyes open for new software rollouts, beta programs, and other software related activities as well as new smartphone launch.