Huawei has published the December 2021 security patch details for its smartphone and tablet segment devices running on HarmonyOS operating system. This security update fixes common vulnerabilities and exposures found in the latest software version.
The CVEs and threats can easily harm the user’s data and can provide a way for hackers to enter your HarmonyOS powered device, which is really dangerous. To be mentioned, Huawei has already rolled this security patch for several devices in advance.
On the other hand, Huawei is also busy in preparation for the next product launch conference, which is likely to happen later this month. There are several products in the pipeline that may unveil soon that including the next folding phone Mate V, Watch D Blood Pressure smartwatch, and more.
Meanwhile, there are leaks that hint HarmonyOS will mark its presence in the global market in 2022. However, the EMUI 12 beta testing has begun among global consumers. However, the EMUI 12 features and interface have HarmonyOS vibes.
HarmonyOS 2.0 December 2021 security patch:
The December 2021 security patch brings fixes for 1 medium level CVE in the framework, 2 medium levels of CVEs in the kernel, 1 high and 2 medium levels of CVEs in the system. Also, it resolves 1 high and 2 medium levels of CVEs in the application.
Furthermore, it fixes a massive count of 62 CVEs found in the third-party libraries. If the security patch of your Huawei phone or tablet is 2021-12-01 or later, all issues described in this update and the HarmonyOS Security Bulletin – December 2021 have been resolved.
Note – CVE – CVE, short for Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures, is a list of publicly disclosed computer security flaws. When someone refers to a CVE, they mean a security flaw that’s been assigned a CVE ID number.
Huawei has already started to roll out the latest December 2021 security update for HarmonyOS smartphones and tablets. However, the company will continue to expand this security improvement for more devices via OTA.
January 2022 security update available for Huawei Nova 5i and 5i Pro
Huawei has started to rollout the latest January 2022 HarmonyOS security update for Nova 5i and Nova 5i Pro smartphones for improved system security. As it fixes the common vulnerabilities and bugs found in the latest software system.
According to the information, the Huawei Nova 5i and 5i Pro January 2022 update come with upgraded HarmonyOS version 188.8.131.52 from base version 184.108.40.206. So, the models receiving update are:
- Huawei Nova 5i (GLK-AL00)
- Huawei Nova 5i (GLK-TL00)
- Huawei Nova 5i Pro (SPN-AL00)
For all the above-mentioned smartphone owners, it is recommended you upgrade to the latest HarmonyOS version as soon as possible. Because, alongside security improvements, this update also boosts the overall performance of the system.
Furthermore, the January 2022 HarmonyOS security update fixes a total of 130 CVEs in the whole system. Among them, 4 CVE in the framework, 10 CVEs in the system, 5 CVEs in the application, and 111 CVEs resolved in the third-party libraries.
One thing worth mentioning, Huawei Nova 5i and 5i Pro are listed under the quarterly update section of the HarmonyOS security bulletin. But, for a long time, the company is serving monthly updates even they were mentioned on the quarterly list.
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Points to remember:
- Take a backup of your important data
- Maintain at least 30% battery on your smartphone
- Keep enough Storage on your device
- It’s a staged rollout and may take time to reach your device
How to check for updates:
To download the update, open the Settings, tap in system & updates, tap on software update. Click on CHECKS FOR UPDATES and wait while the smartphone is checking for updates. If a new update appears on the device, tap on the download and install option. After completion of the update process, the device automatically reboots.
Huawei Nova 5i:
Huawei Nova 5i comes with a 5.84-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 2310 resolution. The smartphone is powered by the Kirin 710 12nm processor. It is paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB of memory.
The device packs a 4000 mAh battery and runs on the Android 9 based EMUI 9.1 OS. The Nova 5i equips a triple rear camera setup with a 24MP+16MP+2MP lens. On the front, it has a 16MP selfie camera.
Huawei Nova 4e receiving January 2022 HarmonyOS security update
The latest January 2022 HarmonyOS software update is rolling out for Huawei Nova 4e smartphone users. This update mainly installs the security patch released in January 2022, which safeguards the device against common threats.
Huawei Nova 4e January 2022 software update comes with firmware version HarmonyOS 220.127.116.11 upgraded from 18.104.22.168. With the installation of this update, the overall security and performance of the device will be improved.
So, what are the fixes with January 2022 HarmonyOS security update? Well, it brings fixes for 4 CVE in the framework, 10 CVEs in the system, and 5 CVEs in the application. Additionally, it also resolves 111 CVEs found in the third-party libraries.
For more information, users the complete changelog and other important information about the software package as well as its version information below.
New software update:
- Latest Version: Huawei Nova 4e users receiving HarmonyOS version 22.214.171.124 upgraded from 126.96.36.199.
- Changelog: Installs the January 2022 security patch for improved system security.
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To update, Huawei Nova 4e users need to open the phone settings, tap on system & updates, tap on the software update, and then check for updates. If an update is found on your device then hit the download button and install it.
Through My Huawei app:
You can also request the update through the My Huawei app, open the My Huawei app, go to the update section, follow the on-screen instruction to download and install the update.
While updating, make sure that your device is charged at least 30% and has enough amount of storage space for the update package. Also, if the update doesn’t appear on your device, please don’t be panic and wait for some time. Because the update is rolling out in batches and may take some time to reach you.
Huawei HarmonyOS needs this feature from Android 12
HarmonyOS comes with a bunch of new features that are built around the operating system and bring ease of accessing smartphone users. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about accessibility on this OS but there is one feature that Huawei HarmonyOS should be considering taking from Android 12.
So, what’s that one feature? Well, actually we’re talking about the dynamic color system powered by the Material You design. Although, the Material You on Android 12 has deep integration into the operating system but it’s worth mentioning that Huawei should adopt it on HarmonyOS for its consumers.
Android 12 is the latest installment from Google and many smartphone makers has already started shifting their smartphone to Android 12 but dynamic colors from Material You is the only feature that keeps them on the toe.
Going for the simple terms, the new feature system allows users to change the system colors and apply a better one. Most interestingly, it can adapt and generate color pallets based on your phone’s wallpaper, which is actually very cool.
There are two types of colors you can choose from:
- Wallpaper colors
- Basic Colors
First Let’s talk about the Wallpaper colors.
These will lead you to the color palette generated from the wallpaper of your phone’s home screen including a Primary, an accent, and a Dark mode color.
Second, Basic colors:
These are solid colors that will be applied solely throughout the system.
Aside from the colors, the feature will let you customize the system icons that will be applied to the app icons.
Where these changes will appear?
The change in dynamic colors will appear throughout the user interface and system including quick settings, dialer, app icons, Settings menu, and even in apps.
These changes in the user interface are surely amusing, even if Huawei cannot inherit the Material You design, it could add an extra flavor of customization with dynamic color themes.