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HarmonyOS Features: Control Panel, Super Device, Service Center, App Gestures, Task Center, Widgets and more

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On June 2, 2021, Huawei launched its much-awaited operating system – HarmonyOS for mobile devices. This OS promises to provide a seamless cross-device user experience and is designed to rule the era of the internet of everything.

Initially, Huawei introduced HarmonyOS at Huawei Developer Conference 2019 (HDC 19). However, this OS wasn’t vast and at HDC 20, Huawei launched the second version of HarmonyOS with new platforms including:

  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Smart wearables
  • IoT devices
  • In-car system
  • Home appliances
  • Third-party device

In 2021, Huawei has planned to install HarmonyOS in 300 million devices, which is quite a big aim. To achieve this goal, the company has laid out a HarmonyOS upgrade roadmap, which consists of over 100 smartphones, tablets, and other devices.

Following the launch, Huawei began to send stable HarmonyOS OTA for flagship devices including the followings but the rollout remains limited to the Chinese models:

  1. Huawei Mate 40 Series
  2. Huawei P40 Series
  3. Huawei Mate 30 Series
  4. Huawei MatePad Pro Series

More importantly, Huawei not only wants to install HarmonyOS in recently launched devices but also on devices way back upto 2016. This is quite impressive in terms of upgrading the whole software system of the respective smartphones, that has old hardware and it’s interesting to see how Huawei gonna do it.

HarmonyOS:

According to Huawei, HarmonyOS is a new paradigm smart operating system that’s designed to ease and enrich your life, facilitating seamless coordination between your devices, while bolstering privacy and security across the board.

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This operating system provides a versatile and all-scenario intelligent user experience with its distributed capabilities.

HarmonyOS Features:

HarmonyOS comes with various new capabilities that make users’ life easier but what makes an Operating System interesting? Well, the answer is ‘its features’ or should I say its ‘new features.

That’s why we are here to explore HarmonyOS features that include and cover various aspects of Huawei devices.

HarmonyOS Features:

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  • New Home Screen
  • Service Widgets
  • Control Panel
  • Service Center
  • Smart Folder
  • HarmonyOS Fonts
  • Super Device
  • Huawei Share
  • Smart Home
  • Task Center
  • Better Performance
  • App Guard
  • Collaborative Security

Below the video, you can check a brief introduction of every key feature that provides a better and a fully connected user experience over EMUI or any other smartphone operating system.

Let’s jump into HarmonyOS Features:

First comes new interaction features: Home Screen, Control Center, Service Center

1. Home-screen

Home Screen is the first view that you get when you unlock your smartphone, HarmonyOS is no different but the company has made subtle changes in the system app icon’s design as compared to EMUI 11. The new system app icons look smoother and better than the ones on EMUI 11.

That’s not it, because these icons now have new swipe-up gesture support. When you swipe up on an app icon, it generates a service widget, which can be resized in:

  1. 2×2
  2. 2×4
  3. 4×4

These widgets come with different types of information according to each application.

These service widgets can also be dragged to a new location or added to your custom home screen. Making the easiest and the most convenient way to organize the on screen elements.

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2. Control Panel:

The new Control Panel seems to be the most interactive feature of the HarmonyOS user interface. It works as a unified portal with simple sections of different features and brings maximum usability to its entire layout.

The Control Panel can be accessed by swiping down from the upper-right edge of the screen.

The Control Panel has device control access, which consists of shortcut switches including:

  1. Music Controller
  2. Wi-Fi
  3. Bluetooth
  4. Shortcut switches
  5. Volume controller
  6. Super Device
  7. Connected devices

Playing with the control panel is as easy as navigating your smartphone.

3. Service Center:

If you swipe up from the lower left or lower right corner on the screen, the system will lead to the Service Center. This is the place, where all of your collected service widgets are stored and ready to offer access to your desired services.

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Service widgets work on the philosophy of “nothing needs to install, use it as you need”. These allow users to see key information through widgets in a very efficient way. These service widgets can be added to the home screen with a simple tap and can be placed anywhere on the home screen.

Service widgets can be shared from one HarmonyOS device to another and enable to share of the on-screen content with the recipient on the other end need not install any app to that view that content.

4. Smart Folder:

HarmonyOS adds support for app categorization and management. By pressing down on a standard folder displays a large folder, on which users can directly access similar apps in a single place. And most interestingly, these apps can be opened by tapping on the thumbnail icons without accessing the folder first.

5. HarmonyOS Fonts:

HarmonyOS brings support for step-free font Weight adjustments and the feature also allows you to adjust the size of the font itself.

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Now, let’s move on to the smart features that make your device a super HarmonyOS device.

Super Device:

Super Device shows the real power of HarmonyOS and defines the true meaning of the internet of everything era. This feature is powered by the distributed capabilities of HarmonyOS and allows users to combine different devices to form Super Devices.

With Super Device you can see a clear and easy-to-view map of every nearby trusted device, that you are able to connect.

To establish a connection, you just need to drag and drop the icon of that device to form a super device and control that newly connected device directly from your Super Device.

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For instance, Super Device connected to an audio or TV can access display settings, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and volume controller. Users can manage device connections with just a tap of the Super Device button and transfer audio and video playback from your device to other devices.

Huawei Share: Faster file access

Under this label, HarmonyOS brings you the capability to transfer files on cross-device platforms without requiring a data cable. The ease in file sharing is provided by Huawei Share, which increases the file transfer speed and provides faster and secure file sharing between Huawei smartphones, computers, and tablets.

Smart Home:

Want to connect your home device and control them from one place? Don’t worry, HarmonyOS got you covered.

This new operating system offers nimble, intelligent operations on household appliances, such as quickly accessing the phone’s network from the connected devices, controlling screenless devices from your phone screen without downloading a corresponding app, and provide direct service access to the connected apps.

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With HarmonyOS, you just need to tap your phone against the selected household appliance or bringing your phone into the range of the appliance to access all of its smart features.

For instance, after connecting to the cooking oven, in the recipe widget, the user can find all of the instructions and required ingredient guides for any given recipe.

Seamless Performance features of HarmonyOS:

HarmonyOS 2 comes with all-new operations including smoother and natural touches and swipes experience as compared to EMUI 11. The new system capabilities allow users to enjoy faster images and video loading.

Task Center: 

The new Task Center allows apps to travel between different devices on their own without installing them on each and everyone. so that all functions and services are available whenever and wherever they’re needed.

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On any device that’s part of a Super Device system, you can see the tasks running on all other devices. If you want a bigger display for mobile gaming, you can simply swipe up and hover to bring up the Overview Screen, and then transfer the game to your Huawei MatePad Pro to continue the fun.

Better Performance:

Talking about performance, the HarmonyOS 2 runs even more smoothly than the last generation of EMUI. To be mentioned, a HarmonyOS 2 phone can maintain read/write speeds similar to those of a new phone even after 36 months of use. The operating system works fine even in situations such as very low memory and storage.

With the new DGraphicEngine, HarmonyOS provides better graphics processing and a smoother gaming experience. According to Huawei, a HarmonyOS powered smartphone can run a graphics-intensive game for up to 5.1 hours, and EMUI 11 device (Android) can run it for 4.7 hours, while an iOS-powered device can run 3.9 hours.

Security and Privacy:

Meet the new App Guard:

The App Guard mode is enabled by default, to ensure that all apps subject deep scans for malicious behavior, security vulnerabilities, privacy risks, and other related behaviors while being installed.

This prevents risky apps from being installed and helps to safeguard the secure running environment of the entire operating system.

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Collaborative Security:

The new Collaborative Security enables users to add a mobile – Computer collaborative authentication feature and allows you to unlock your phone by entering the phone’s screen unlock password on your Huawei computer when your phone and computer are connected via multi-screen collaboration.

Still, doubting HarmonyOS’s security? Well, here’s something you need to know.

HarmonyOS 2 has been awarded the EAL 4+ certification for information security, as well as the CC EAL 5+ micro kernel security certification. This shows that HarmonyOS provides Multiple high-level security safeguards to protect the safety of your devices in all aspects.

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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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Huawei Nova 8 June 2022 Update optimizes system security

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Huawei Nova 8 June 2022 Update

Finally, the classic Huawei Nova 8 smartphone has started receiving the June 2022 security patch with a new software update. The latest build lands on the HarmonyOS ground with version 2.0.0.263, upgraded from the 2.0.0.235 system.

Apart from an updated security patch, the June 2022 HarmonyOS update also brings some new optimization for Huawei Nova 8 handsets. Consequently, the update mainly targets and improves the protection capabilities of the system security.

Alongside, the update optimizes the system quality of the device in some scenarios. Thus, making the core mechanism coherent and reliable for smartphone users. On the flip side, users will find efficient performance after upgrading the device to the new firmware.

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Software Info:

  • Compatible Model: Huawei Nova 8 (ANG-AN00)
  • Latest Version: HarmonyOS 2.0.0.263
Changelog:

Optimizations:

  • Optimizes and improves system security protection capability
  • Optimizes the system quality of some scenarios

Security Patch:

  • Incorporates the June 2022 security patch to enhance the security of the mobile phone system.

Huawei Nova 8 June 2022 update

Huawei has pushed off the update for Huawei Nova 8 smartphone owners via OTA. Hence, it will take some days to cover all the eligible units of the device. In the meantime, users can sneak into the update section to check the available updates.

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However, it is important to follow some instructions before installing the new update. Ensure to have a complete backup of the device. Further, have ample storage space and battery level for conducting the installation process.

Huawei Nova 8 June 2022 Update

How to install the latest firmware?

There are two ways that you can use to download the latest software updates:

Via Settings:

  • Go to the Settings menu
  • Tap on System & Updates
  • Select Software Updates
  • Choose the Check for Updates option
  • Download and Install

Via My Huawei App:

  • Open My Huawei App on your smartphone
  • Visit the Updates section
  • Follow the on-screen prompts carefully

Furthermore, after the installation and restart, we suggest you let the system adapt to the new firmware. Thus, making your device run smoothly on further commands.

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HarmonyOS multi-window feature rolling out for Huawei MatePad SE

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Huawei MatePad SE May 2022 update

Recently, Huawei launched the budget-friendly device MatePad SE for its consumers, and now the device is receiving its first software update with the May 2022 security patch. Alongside, the update has some new tweaks for the users that will bring more ease in accomplishing day-to-day tasks.

Huawei MatePad SE packs the latest HarmonyOS 2.0 interface. Hence, it already has a bunch of customizations for the users. Besides, the unique layout with a 10.1-inch FHD display and 7.0 sound effect, gives a perfect framework to the device.

Coming back to the topic, Huawei MatePad SE May 2022 update lands on the HarmonyOS interface with version 2.0.0.111, upgraded from 2.0.0.103. Further, the update is accessible to the device carrying the model number AGS3K-W20.

The latest HarmonyOS update brings the May 2022 security patch. Apart from the security improvements, the update adds the smart multi-window feature. As a result, users will find a bunch of new tugs and gestures with a better security system.

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Huawei MatePad SE May 2022 update

What is the Smart Multi-Window feature?

As the name reflects, the feature lets you work on multiple windows on one screen. Moreover, it lets you perform special gestures that make device performance more efficient. For instance, swipe and drag options, access to floating windows, quick minimize and maximize functions, and more.

Full Changelog:

New: Smart Multi-Window 

  • Swipe inward from both sides of the screen to pause
  • Call out function for the side application bar
  • Long press and drag the application to open the split-screen immediately
  • New gestures that allow the opening of a floating window with just one click on the application
  • Now users can reply to instant messages through the floating window while watching videos or playing games
  • Addition of a feature to quickly minimize the window and hide it in the floating wall

Security Patch

  • Incorporates the May 2022 security patch that enhances the system security and increases the stability of the device

Huawei MatePad SE May 2022 update

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Huawei June 2022 update brings security improvements for Enjoy 20 5G phones

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Huawei Enjoy 20 June 2022 update

Huawei’s latest smartphones have already received the June 2022 security patch, so the company is now turning its attention to the entry-level models. Currently, the 5G variant Huawei Enjoy 20 is getting the June 2022 security update.

The June 2022 HarmonyOS update is rolling out in the home market for the respective device users. It has a firmware number 2.0.0.235 which is upgraded from the previous HarmonyOS build. Hence, to install the update, users must have their devices running on the 2.0.0.234 version.

Software receiving models

The following models are eligible to grab the fresh HarmonyOS update:

  • Huawei Enjoy 20 5G (WKG-AN00)
  • Huawei Enjoy 20 5G (WKG-TN00)

So Huawei Enjoy 20 users! Do you know what new fixes arrive with the June 2022 security patch?

Huawei fixes a bunch of CVEs including video framework, system section, fingerprint sensor modules, and design defects with the latest June 2022 security patch. On the other hand, the firmware also fixes third-party library exploits, found in the last version.

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Huawei Enjoy 20 June 2022 update

Thus, we suggest users install the update as soon as it appears on the notifications through the OTA medium. Apart from waiting for OTA, users can download the software through the Settings menu of the smartphone.

Before you upgrade, we recommend checking the battery level as well as the storage space of the device. Besides, users must take a backup of all the important files to another device.

Since the update might have a huge package, users must conduct the installation process under a stable Wi-Fi connection. Users may experience overheating or freezing of the device after the upgrade, this happens due to self-optimization and is completely normal.

Huawei Enjoy 20 June 2022 Update Changelog:

  • Version updates from 2.0.0.234 to 2.0.0.235
  • Security: Installs a new security patch released in June 2022 that enhances the system’s stability.

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