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Here are the five UX design details of HarmonyOS mobile operating system



To date, Huawei HarmonyOS2.0 installation in the Chinese market has been exceeded over 30 million, which is a huge achievement that has been achieved in under a month. To be mentioned, the release is still limited to the Mainland and yet to expand at the global Huawei smartphone users.

The fact that Huawei users are eagerly waiting for their turn to experience HarmonyOS capabilities and the effort of Huawei in delivering the OS can be seen clearly.

The Chief of Huawei Software Engineering UX Design Department- Mao Yumin is very gratified with the performance and efforts that have been made since the launch of the HM OS release. He is also hoping for the user to try new products and software systems of the company.

In this line, he instructed 5 senior UX designers of the Huawei UX Design Department to elaborate the major five highlights of the new software system for a clear understanding of users. These five keys include the following-

  1. Light physical design
  2. Card design
  3. HarmonyOS fonts
  4. Gravity dynamic effects
  5. Customized sound effects

The design chief explains that HarmonyOS is based on the theme of one harmonious universe, which unified design language for the entire user interface. Furthermore, this new OS creates a balance between the digital world and the real natural world.

Each designer instructed by Mao Yumin was best in his work at the design department and they explain their part very clearly for further understanding. Let’s discuss the explanations shared by the designers of each topic one by one.

Light physical design: Balance between the digital and physical world

Huawei HarmonyOS adopted a lightweight physical design. The digital features have the feeling of real-world touch. HM OS offers the charted objects in the physical world, such as calculators that can blend with a real-world sense.

It converts the calculator buttons into electronic calculators. The system software has a slightly lifted button, which creates a hollow effect to confirm the feedback after the user pressed the dial.

Similar to this, the HM OS interface provides other physical objects including compasses, temperature measurement, and memo with light-weight effects.


Besides, concerning the problem of large resources utilized by counterfeit objects, Huawei introduced a new coding, or we can say solve the problem on the coding head.

The company uses a visual design tool in building this software interface to bring the modification in the present using the most proper design.

After adjusting the visual tools, the user can directly ship the XML contour file parameterized, and then straightly go to the App design. Users are able to access the XML file without coding and restore the design effect. This is how the method solved the problem of resource occupation in the system.

Card design: Multidevice Communication

HarmonyOS 2.0 allows the users to use the universal card by moving the application upwards on the screen in a curved manner. It’s actually pretty simple that HarmonyOS identify sliding in any direction- upwards, downwards, verticle, and horizontal.


HarmonyOS designers spend a lot of time and made great efforts to learn human factors and investigate the trajectory of a sliding gesture. The team concluded the three most critical indicators that are responsible for the operation.

  • Sliding Angle
  • Sliding Speed (Fast/Slow)
  • Sliding Distance

Moving further, the heat map shows that the color depth is where the sliding is more difficult while the different pointers have reached similar conclusions.

Adding to this, some pieces have easy sliding whereas some are tricky. Finally, the designing team has mixed the right and left-hand operations to find the light zone and heavy zone.

These two areas with the combination of three-pointers had some unique perspectives to define the easy trigger. For example, a small angle can reach the sliding index at easy places with the same speed. You can say that the easy area slides faster, and the difficult area slides slower.

On the other hand, the speed threshold will be lowered, which will make it easier to trigger in the difficult area. This same applies to distances. The easy areas are comparatively long, while the difficult ones are not.


Huawei’s designing team worked hard to solve all these problems and formed a special design that fits all kinds of scenarios.

However, the team didn’t forget the relative motion effects and done tons of research on motion duration and frame spacing that can deliver a smooth effect. This is also divided into three zones, which includes the following:

  1. The Comfort Zone (with maximum frame spacing)
  2. The Safety Zone (with maximum least spacing)
  3. The Pass Zone (with maximum moderate spacing)

HarmonyOS fonts: HarmonyOS Sans to support over 105 languages

As the designer explains, Huawei thinks about bringing a new font with HarmonyOS for a long time, because it needs a long time, effort, and investment to create a brand new font style package. Although the company can choose other official designs, the designers prefer to bring a new fonts system.

HarmonyOS comes with a brand new default font – HarmonyOS Sans, which is designed for various Huawei devices.

This new font family has a variety of default font considerations, including the dimensions of different devices, usage scenarios, and different users’ requirements for font size and weight due to differences in line-of-sight and angle-of-view.


The company specifically works in two aspects- structural balance and writing stroke. It’s also believed that the balance between inside & outside space, blank space, yin & yang, and randomness of the language curves must be elegant and expressive.

“We kept the short strokes simple, and long strokes, such as left-falling, right-falling, hook, and turning strokes, are blended with the calligraphy aesthetics for a whole new typeface experience. The hooks are beautifully renovated, and these are extracted from the basic strokes for alteration.” Said a designer.

The fonts have every kind of arrangement from its text weight to text style, every feature can adjust according to the screen size and screen type. If you compare typefaces such as boldface or regular face of HarmonyOS fonts, you’ll find it more humanistic than others.

Moving ahead, the grayscale eliminates the need for different viewing angles, with HarmonyOS Sans there is no more need to squint your eyes to get a more clear view. Adding to this, Huawei has also solved the problem of mouthparts of the letters.

To be more descriptive, there are two kinds of mouthparts or opening centers including Song Ti and Kai Ti in the Chinese script. The first one is for the bottom and the second one is for the top. Among them, the bottom mouth is comprehensively hard and can create a problem to develop the font.


However, Huawei designers consider this bottom mouth milder as it’ll increase the complexity of the inner white once successfully installed. Thus we didn’t make any customization in the bottom mouth while the non-bottom mouth has been slightly modified.

The HarmonyOS Sans carries a large writing system, where we can see the collaboration between the text, symbols, and icons that will directly affect the user’s involvement. It supports about 105 languages including simple & traditional Chinese, Latin, etc as well as westerns languages.

Gravity dynamic effects: Dual gravity motion effect

The HarmonyOS design adopts a dual gravity motion effect, which is unique at one side and smoother at the other side. The design provides a seamless flowing art motion effect, which spent a lot of time on operations such as clicking, sliding, and dragging for different Huawei devices.

The motion effects revolve around the gravitation in the universe, based on the physical laws from cosmic gravity creating some sense of the rhythm of movements.


Talking about implementation, when you load dynamic effects, the interface first loads the universe shape effect then emmit the star layout and moderately added some effects on it.

Furthermore, to add the extra effects such as some cameras to make the planet’s orbit more projective, and the effect of sweeping the tail, it improves the rotating speed of some flexibility effects.

Huawei brings the ecliptic angle, using the earth as a mobile reference, and brings the symmetrical and balanced structure to make the animation more real.

To make this dynamic animation more graceful, the company added the floating up and down features. Moving ahead, you’ll see two models – the motion model and the gravitational model for coordination effects.


The motion model targets the speed and track of each device during the revolution, keeps the orbit at the same speed. Meanwhile, the gravitational model is more critical focused on pulling a device by hand, and then connect it to the main device.

Additionally, the company combines the design of dynamic effects with gestures to keep the strengthening gravity in the limelight. While a gesture is dragging a ball into gravity, a small and big ball starts to connect with each other.

If we keep continuing both balls will start to attract each other, which indicates a solid connection. The animations downloading delivers the effect of a solar and lunar eclipse can be considered as an example.

Customized sound effects: rising sun & universal space effect

Customized sound effects, the boot sound in the system interface uses the last two syllables of the four syllables of the Huawei smartphone ringtone. As the system is designed on the theme of a harmonious universe, the HM OS uses digital synthesizers.


The digital synthesizer mimics the rising sun and the universal space effect. The company chooses the rising sun as it reminds of new beginnings, to ascend, which perfectly fits with the concept of a slowly rising circle in the animation.

Huawei created a feeling of “ding” to symbolize the opening of the universe, which has united with all kinds of different particles while the initial explosion effect creates an interface with a mightier touch of universal space.

Speaking of the ringtones, HarmonyOS remains with the four scales melody of Huawei, while giving it a touch of wood music. Furthermore, the foremost harmony is German-made grand piano and the sustaining melody is a marimba made of Honduras wood.

The immersive sound will surely take you to the next level of a melodious experience completed with a touch of single-panel guitar made of Canadian spruce.


Yash is a graduate of computer science and followed his way into journalism, he is interested in various subjects related to technologies and politics. Yash likes to listen classical songs and has a huge library of classical mixes.


Huawei HarmonyOS January 2022 Updates List



HarmonyOS January 2022 updates

Huawei has released the latest January 2022 HarmonyOS security patch details for its smartphone and tablet devices. However, the rollout of this new security update is about to start meanwhile the December 2021 update is on the move. So, Huawei will dispatch the HarmonyOS updates for a bunch of devices throughout January 2022.

Alongside the monthly update rollout, Huawei has also started preparing for the next major software update – HarmonyOS 3.0. According to the information, HarmonyOS 3.0 beta testing could begin in April and followed by a public beta phase. However, a stable HM 3.0 rollout is likely to start in July 2022.

A few days ago, Huawei has replied to us on the matter of HarmonyOS for global consumers that currently there is no plan for smartphones outside China to upgrade to HarmonyOS. Until then, Huawei users in the overseas markets can enjoy EMUI 12 that looks similar to HarmonyOS.

Amid these discussions, Huawei will continue the rollout of regular HarmonyOS software and security updates to its devices. Also, the company keeps dispatching the major software updates from time to time to improve its models.


With the HarmonyOS January 2022 updates list, we will keep updated with all the HarmonyOS security and software updates released for Huawei devices this month and brief you about them.

HarmonyOS January 2022 updates

Huawei HarmonyOS January 2022 Updates:

January 21, 2022:

January 22, 2022:

  • Honor Play 3 smartphone has started receiving a new HarmonyOS software update that mainly installs the December 2021 security patch. Read more
  • Huawei is sending a January 2022 HarmonyOS software update for the Huawei Nova 5z smartphone. Read more
  • Honor 20 and 20 Pro smartphones users have started receiving the latest HarmonyOS update that brings January 2022 security patch. Read more

January 21, 2022:

  • January 2022 HarmonyOS software update is rolling out for Huawei Nova 4e smartphone users. Read more
  • Huawei Nova 5 and Nova 5 Pro smartphones running on HarmonyOS are receiving a new software that brings January 2022 security update. Read more
  • Huawei has started to rollout the latest January 2022 HarmonyOS security update for Nova 5i and Nova 5i Pro smartphones. Read more

January 20, 2022:

  • Huawei has begun sending the January 2022 HarmonyOS security update for Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8 inch tablet. Read more
  • Huawei’s latest foldable flagship –Huawei P50 Pocket is receiving the latest January 2022 HarmonyOS software update in China. Read more

January 17, 2022:

  • Huawei Enjoy 10 smartphone installs the December 2021 security patch for improved system security. Read more
  • Huawei is rolling out new optimizations for Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 tablet with HarmonyOS version update in China. Read more
  • Huawei MediaPad M6 8.4 inch is grabbing the latest January 2022 HarmonyOS software update that comes with upgraded version Read more

January 12, 2022:

  • Huawei is rolling a new HarmonyOS SP5 software update for the flagship smartphone, Huawei P50 Pro in China. Read more
  • Huawei MatePad 11 tablet users in Europe has started receiving the latest HarmonyOS security update released in the month of December 2021. Read more

January 11, 2022:

  • Huawei has started sending the latest HarmonyOS 2.0 software update for the Nova 3i smartphone that comes with version in China. Read more

January 10, 2022:

  • Honor Tablet V6 is grabbing the December 2021 HarmonyOS security update that fixes several new bugs and vulnerabilities found in the latest software system. Read more
  • Huawei is releasing a new EMUI software update for Huawei P Smart 2021 smartphone that mainly installs December 2021 security patch. Read more

January 8, 2022:

  • Huawei is sending a new HarmonyOS update for Huawei Nova 2s users that brings the December 2021 security patch along with other optimizations and fixes. Read more
  • Huawei is rolling out the first HarmonyOS software update for the Huawei P50 Pocket smartphone. Read more
  • Huawei has started sending the latest HarmonyOS software update for the Huawei Mate X2 foldable smartphone. Read more

January 5, 2022:

  • Huawei is rolling out the latest HarmonyOS software update for Huawei MatePad 10.4 tablet. Read more
  • Huawei is started sending a new HarmonyOS software update for Huawei P50 Pro that comes with the latest version SP5. Read more
  • Huawei has started sending the latest December 2021 HarmonyOS software update for the MatePad 10.8 tablet. Read more
  • Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 tablet users are installing the December 2021 HarmonyOS software update that brings system and security optimizations. Read more
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Honor 20S grabbing January 2022 HarmonyOS security update



Honor 20S January 2022 update

Huawei has already delivered the January 2022 HarmonyOS security patch for several Huawei and Honor eligible devices. In the latest development, Honor 20S smartphone has begun collecting the January 2022 security update in China.

Huawei’s January 2022 HarmonyOS security patch fixed various bugs and vulnerabilities including 4 CVE in the framework, 10 CVEs in the system, 5 CVEs in the application, and 111 CVEs found in the third-party libraries.

Software Version:

According to the information, the Honor 20S January 2022 update brings HarmonyOS 2.0 version, which is upgraded from HM OS version

To be mentioned, this update is gradually expanding through OTA for all eligible devices in the Chinese market. So, it may take some to reach you. Meanwhile, you can also check the latest update manually by following the steps mentioned below.


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Honor 20S January 2022 update

How to check updates manually:

There are two methods to check the update manually that is through settings or via the My Huawei app. You can check both the ways below.

To update through settings, open Settings, then go to System & updates and open Software update. Now select Check for updates and if any update shows up, then hit the Download and install button.

Alternatively, you can also download software updates using the My Huawei app. Open My Huawei app, visit the update section. Now select check for updates, and then press Download and install.


Points to know:

There are several important points you need to remember before installing the January 2022 security patch on your Honor the 20S.

  • Maintain enough storage on your device.
  • Keep smartphone charged at least 30% or more.
  • This update won’t erase your data, but we recommend you to take backup in advance.
  • Follow the update instructions carefully.
  • patience, the update may take some time to upgrade the installation package

(Source: Huawei)

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January 2022 HarmonyOS security update out for Honor 20 and 20 Pro



Honor 20 January 2022 update

Honor 20 and 20 Pro smartphones users have started receiving the latest HarmonyOS update that brings January 2022 security patch. This update increases the security level of smartphones and protects the device against threats.

The new information reveals that January 2022 update for the Honor 20 and 20 Pro smartphones hits the ground with HarmonyOS version However, this update is rolling out in the Chinese market.

For your information, the January 2022 HarmonyOS security patch fixes a massive count of 130 CVEs found in the latest software system and third-party libraries for better system security.

Adapting models:

  • Honor 20 (YAL-AL00)
  • Honor 20 (YAL-TL00)
  • Honor 20 Pro (YAL-AL10)

Early this month, Huawei has delivered the December 2021 security update for Honor 20 running on Magic UI 4.0 in the global market. The update rolled out with Magic UI version (C675E3R1P4) and a software update package size of 199MB.

Honor 20 January 2022 update

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Talking about Honor 20, this smartphone launched with an eye-catching design, a 6.26-inch full-HD+, Kirin 980 SoC, 48MP rear quad camera system, excellent battery, and much more.

In terms of the software, it was initially packed with Magic UI 2.1 and received Magic UI 3, Magic UI 3.1, and Magic UI 4.0 major updates. Now, Honor 20 smartphones are performing very well with HarmonyOS 2.0 in China.

How to update Honor smartphones:

Honor 20 smartphone users can download the latest HarmonyOS update via go to phone settings then tap on system & updates, click on the software update, tap on check for updates. Once the update prompt pop-up on your smartphone hit the download button and install it.

Alternatively, head towards the My Huawei app, visit the update section and follow the on-screen instruction to install it. During the update timeline, make sure that the phone has a sufficient amount of battery and storage to download the update package. Also, use a stable connection to prevent update download failure issues.

(Source: Huawei)

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