Huawei has officially announced HarmonyOS 2.0 public beta for these 9 veteran devices that are now one step closer to the stable software release. To be mentioned, we’re also moving towards the conclusion of HarmonyOS 2.0 beta testing that was scheduled to be concluded later in the first half of 2022.
According to the information, Huawei has confirmed public HarmonyOS beta testing for 9 Huawei and Honor devices. These includes:
- Huawei Nova 3i
- Huawei Nova 2s
- Honor 9
- Honor V9
- Honor Play
- Honor Note 10
- Huawei Enjoy Tablet 2
- Honor Tablet 6 10.1
- Honor Tablet X6
Users of these 9 Huawei and Honor devices with EMUI software systems can now register for the public beta testing without worrying about closed testing slots counts. Also, the existing testers will now be able to upgrade to the latest HarmonyOS software update.
Compared to the beta testers, the new HarmonyOS public beta testers must have to download the full OTA update to upgrade from the EMUI software and install the latest features offered by the HarmonyOS operating system.
On the other hand, the beta testers will receive only some of the important improvements that will lead them as a counterpart of other new public beta testers.
According to Huawei, HarmonyOS has completed 150 million software upgrades as of Huawei Developer Conference 2021. The company confirmed that HarmonyOS will continue to ramp up downloads as it proceeds in more devices later this year.
HarmonyOS 2.0 for mobile devices comes with a brand new user interface that enhances the user experience with new features such as animations, service widgets, the control panel that comes with different services in a single place as well as smooth animations and transitions.
Adding to this, the company will soon open the latest set of beta testing for a number of different Huawei and Honor smartphones. These phones will expand the reach of HarmonyOS to more devices and will increase its usecases.
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 18.104.22.168 from base version 22.214.171.124. 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 126.96.36.199 upgraded from 188.8.131.52. 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 184.108.40.206 upgraded from 220.127.116.11.
- 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.