HarmonyOS 3 Features: Stack Widgets, Large Folders, Security, Performance and more
HarmonyOS 3 is an evolution that symbolizes features improvements and advancement over HarmonyOS 2. Huawei brought in a number of new additions that makes this software superior to competitors.
The HarmonyOS 3 release has long been awaited by Huawei device owners and it is a whole new user experience that enhances the power of Huawei smartphones and smart devices such as the Huawei Mate 50 series.
From the user interface to performance and stability, HarmonyOS 3 covers all sides at once. The more you explore, the more you will find. Therefore, it’s time that we dive into the new additions and know more about them.
HarmonyOS 3 Features:
- New Super Device
- Network sharing
- Seamless exercise
- Mobile apps sharing
- Network sharing
- Widget group
- Widget Stacking
- New Widgets
- More service widgets
- Auto home screen layout
- 3D avatar
- Music sharing
- AI voice
- Performance and Gaming
- Privacy and security
- App control center
- Image privacy
New Super Device:
Launched with HarmonyOS 2, Super Device allows you to connect and control several other platforms from one smartphone or device. This gives you so much power to make a one-click connect solution for all of your HarmonyOS devices.
With HarmonyOS 3, Super Device has further improved and it now supports more platforms to collaborate with various other IoT devices. This helps the user to inherit amazing functionalities such as screen sharing, live streaming, music streaming, and a bunch more smart collaborative features on the go.
Powerful software has useful connectivity resolutions, such as the new Network sharing. This HarmonyOS 3 feature let you share the phone’s cellular network with a tablet to answer calls or receive SMS directly on the large-screen device.
There’s no need to check the phone, everything will be available on the tablet, while it’s connected to the smartphone using network sharing. Also, it’s power efficient as compared to mobile hotspot internet sharing.
HarmonyOS 3 takes care of your movie and music listening experience. while watching a movie, the Huawei Vision TVs will automatically enable a 3D stereo field to immerse the viewing experience. Don’t want to disturb anyone? Don’t worry, Huawei will create the same experience in your ear once you connect your Huawei FreeBuds device.
Your Huawei smartwatch is ready to collaborate with a variety of IoT devices. For example, when you want to start exercising on the treadmill, drag the treadmill icon on the watch to start exercising. The data on the treadmill can also be synchronized with your smartwatch in real-time.
Want music? Yes, the earphones icon in the super device menu plays songs right away while running.
Mobile apps sharing with car screen:
Being a multi-kernel operating system HarmonyOS 3 owns a big power and allows you to share all of your mobile apps right into the in-car infotainment system. These include operations such as watching videos, playing games, video calling, recording videos, and interacting with the internet.
HarmonyOS 3 further optimizes connectivity with IoT devices and enables Super Device connection with thousands of smart home gadgets that are easy to navigate with a smartphone.
Just touch a refrigerator and you can control the temperature via phone or make tap it on an oven to check all of its recipes and bake it accordingly. There is a lot more than HarmonyOS 3 could do on the ground, so, let it slip into other HarmonyOS devices to feel the power of IoT connectivity.
Home screen management:
There are some massive upgrades made in the home screen management. HarmonyOS 3 features include new widget stacking and widget grouping features that help you to save home screen space and keep the screen nice and clean.
Large Folders also got a sweet upgrade with 4 different kinds of layout support to resize. Read more here.
Moreover, there are new widget types and service widgets to provide you with better interactive controls over the smartphone and tablet.
Talking about a clean home screen, we must not forget the new smart auto home screen layout feature will automatically organize the home screen based on the category or related use cases.
HarmonyOS 3 brings you a new 3D avatar generated by an AI face-pinching algorithm. These avatars could be used as profile pic on Huawei IDs.
The new HarmonyOS supports simultaneous music listening, as it allows you to share music in two different earphones simultaneously.
The company has improved AI voice and it allows you to conduct various operations with this new HarmonyOS version.
Performance and Efficiency:
HarmonyOS 3 has achieved improvements in app launch speed, responsiveness, and animations. On the other hand, the operating system will boast graphics and optimize battery life for long-term use cases.
Privacy and security:
Huawei wants to improve the security aspect, therefore, HarmonyOS 3 brings three different security and privacy solutions. These include Privacy Center, Security Center, and Application control center.
Each of them has its own set of features to control and manage the phone’s safety.
There’s one tiny addition that will extend data safety – called image information desensitization. Once enabled, the feature removes sensitive information such as location, time, and phone model. There’s also an image information erasure that will only share the information that you need to share with others.
Huawei P60 Pro update brings camera and two way satellite SMS improvements
Huawei is rolling out a brand new software update for the latest Huawei P60 Pro flagship and it has some important optimizations for camera and satellite SMS features.
According to the information, the Huawei P60 series is the first to equip HarmonyOS 3.1 operating system. This release brings many new features that are built onboard. However, the new rollout addresses the optimizations with HarmonyOS version 18.104.22.168 and an OTA package size of 1.11 GB.
Users of this Huawei P60 Pro can download the update with new camera effects. It also enhances image quality for a better photo user experience. On the other hand, this firmware has new optimizations for two-way satellite SMS.
Moreover, Huawei P60 Pro can get performance improvements with new system stability optimizations. This software is expanding in batches for the Huawei P60 Pro and it’s only available in China.
Huawei P60 Pro:
Huawei P60 Pro equips a new ultra-lighting main camera system with variable aperture technology training from F/1.4 aperture to F/4.0 range. The flagship’s RYYB sensor boosts light intake. The large sensor allows you to take the right photographs in the darkest environments.
The phone also ramps up an ultra-lighting telephoto camera, which adapts the world’s biggest f/2.1 aperture to process 178% more light and 488% more brightness than iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Looking at the numbers, the Huawei P60 Pro equips a triple rear camera system including a 48 MP Ultra Lighting Camera (F1.4 – F4.0 aperture, OIS). Also, there’s a 13 MP Ultra-Wide Angle Camera (F2.2 aperture), and a 48 MP Ultra Lighting Telephoto Camera (F2.1 aperture, OIS).
Two way Satellite:
Huawei P60 Pro breaks the barrier with the first-ever two-way satellite SMS communication feature. This allows users to send and receive SMS over Beidou satellite without a mobile network.
It’s good to know that Huawei is seeding new software upgrades to the Huawei P60 series and improving the phone’s performance in different scenarios.
Huawei launches new camera app features
HarmonyOS 3.1 comes with various new features and Huawei has finally made some changes to the stock camera app, which, we’ll going to discuss in this article.
The first appearance of these changes could be found in the Huawei P60 series. However, the software will soon expand for more users and these phones may also get the same camera app.
As for your information, Huawei has highlighted two new camera app features with HarmonyOS 3.1. These are – the new telephoto round dial and the latest shortcut features below the shutter button.
Let’s start with the first, the new camera app improved the way we interact with the telephoto zoom. For example, you now have a bit clear user interface. The zoom labels for wide, 1x, and more have been separated without dots.
But a major change is found in the manual zoom bar, which now has a rotating dial. With this new addition, the camera will render a real-time rotating dial to match the zoom level on the screen.
For example, you can increase or decrease the zoom with a tap and hold and left and right actions. This will adjust the zoom according to the movement of the dial. There’s a red stoppage, which indicates the current zoom level similar to a DSLR.
Compared to this new telephoto range, the existing Huawei stock camera app uses a horizontal bar to change the zoom levels. However, the new way is easy as found by many users.
With HarmonyOS 3.1, Huawei is also improving your way to interact with the most common camera settings. These are now placed below the shutter button. The addition is completely new to the Huawei camera app and increases its reachability.
For example, the phone’s most common top menu options are by expanding the up icon below the shutter button. It includes AI mode, flash, select aspect ratio, move pictures, select a filter, and more. The feature also supports left and right action to show more on-screen options.
New camera app:
These are two major changes that the new stock Huawei camera app and there might be more simple tweaks waiting to explore. For global users, the new camera app could come with EMUI 13.1 and we’ll look forward to it.
24 oldest Huawei smartphones begin HarmonyOS 3 journey [List]
HarmonyOS 3 is about to conclude the beta roadmap in China because Huawei has opened the very last phase of the entire schedule with the 24 oldest Huawei smartphones.
These phones belong to both budget and mid-range price segments, while some of these belong to Huawei’s former subsidiary – Honor. Despite the partition, Huawei keeps on sending this software update for Honor phones from 2020 or before.
It’s good that Huawei decided not to leave Honor phones in limbo, at least in China. Meanwhile, smartphone owners of Huawei Nova 6 SE and the entire Nova 5 series are happy about the recruitment. These phone users have been waiting for this announcement since last December.
However, it’s finally here, and below are the 24 oldest Huawei smartphones to participate in the HarmonyOS 3 closed beta recruitment.
- Huawei Nova 6 SE
- Huawei Nova 5
- Huawei Nova 5i Pro
- Huawei Nova 5z
- Huawei Nova 4
- Huawei Maimang 9 5G
- Huawei Enjoy Z 5G
- Huawei Enjoy 20 Pro 5G
- Huawei Enjoy 20 Plus 5G
- Huawei Enjoy 20 5G
- Huawei Nova 4e
- Huawei Nova 5i
- Huawei Enjoy 10 Plus
- Huawei Maimang 8
- Huawei Enjoy 9S
- Huawei Enjoy 10S
- Honor Play4
- Honor 20
- Honor 20 Pro
- Honor V20
- Honor V20 MOSCHINO Version
- Honor Magic 2
- Huawei MatePad 5G 10.4 inches
- Huawei MatePad 10.4 inches.
These are a lot of models and it’s praiseworthy that Huawei is taking care of these forgotten smartphones with a top-notch software upgrade. Coming back to the beta activity details, HarmonyOS 3 beta is opened with limited slots including 500 bookings for the long version and 1500 for no log version on each device/model.
The latest HarmonyOS 3 recruitment falls under the closed test environment, which means only a handful of smartphones will receive the Beta OTA package. However, a wider version of the beta will begin with the public version of the HarmonyOS 3 release.
Meanwhile, you should know that these phone users will get a first ride to the newest HarmonyOS 3 features before it is released as a stable version.