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

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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-

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  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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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These 63 Huawei devices received HarmonyOS 3 so far [Details]

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HarmonyOS 3 wagon is running straight, as of December 7, 2022, it has now achieved installation on 63 Huawei devices including beta and stable releases.

According to the information released by Huawei, HarmonyOS 3 is rolled out 56 stable versions, 3 public beta, and 4 closed beta sessions, making a total of 63 active devices.

The details reveal that these devices include smartphones, tablets, smart screens, smart speakers, and smartwatches. This is one of the biggest upgrade procedures in any smart device ecosystem.

Stable devices:

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  1. P50
  2. P50 Pro
  3. P50 Pro Collector’s Edition
  4. P50E
  5. P50 Pocket
  6. P50 Pocket Art Custom Edition
  7. Mate Xs 2
  8. Mate Xs 2 Collector’s Edition
  9. Mate X2
  10. Mate X2 4G
  11. Mate X2 Collector’s Edition
  12. Mate 40
  13. Mate 40 Pro 4G
  14. Mate 40 Pro
  15. Mate 40 Pro+
  16. Mate 40 RS Porsche Design Collector’s Edition
  17. Mate 40 RS Porsche Design
  18. Mate 40E
  19. Mate 40E Pro
  20. Mate 40E 4G
  21. P40
  22. P40 4G
  23. P40 Pro
  24. P40 Pro+
  25. Nova 10
  26. Nova 10 Pro
  27. Nova 9
  28. Nova 9 Pro
  29. Nova 8
  30. Nova 8 Pro 5G
  31. Nova 8 Pro 4G
  32. Mate 30
  33. Mate 30 5G
  34. Mate 30 Pro
  35. Mate 30 Pro 5G
  36. Mate 30 RS Porsche Design
  37. Mate 30E Pro 5G
  38. Mate Xs
  39. MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
  40. MatePad 11
  41. MatePad Pro 10.8 2021
  42. MatePad Pro 10.8
  43. MatePad Pro 5G 10.8
  44. MatePad 10.8
  45. Smart Screen V75 Pro
  46. Smart Screen V65 Pro
  47. Smart Screen V98
  48. Smart Screen V75 Super
  49. Smart Screen V85 2021
  50. Smart Screen V75 2021
  51. Smart Screen V65 2021
  52. Smart Screen V55 2021
  53. Sound X NEW
  54. Sound X 2021
  55. Sound Joy
  56. AI Speaker 2e

Public Beta:

  1. Nova 9 SE
  2. Watch 3
  3. Watch 3 Pro

Closed Beta:

  1. Nova 7 5G
  2. Nova 7 Pro 5G
  3. Nova 6
  4. Nova 6 5G

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However, we’re only halfway through, as plenty of old phones are waiting to get HarmonyOS 3. Including the legendary flaghip – P30 series and Mate 20 series.

HarmonyOS 3 comes with a number of new features including better Large folders with more layouts. On the other hand, it has system optimizations for better system performance. Furthermore, there are new security features that are designed to provide you with maximum safety and privacy.

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Huawei Enjoy 50 receives HarmonyOS 2.0.0.198

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Huawei has started to rollout HarmonyOS 2.0.0.198 to Enjoy 50 smartphone in China that comes with new improvements.

According to the changelog, HarmonyOS 2.0.0.198 update for Huawei Enjoy 50 is fetching new system stability improvements along with better performance. Yet, users first have to download HarmonyOS 2.0.0.196 to upgrade to the latest version.

Recently, Huawei also sent EMUI 9.1.0.301 for Enjoy 9e with a number of new additions. The upgrade is released during the rollout for Enjoy 50.

Huawei Enjoy 50:

In June, Huawei Enjoy 50 launched with a 6.75-inch screen size, 16.7 million colors, TFT LCD type, and HD+ resolution (1600 x 720 pixels). The phone measures 168.3mm in length, 77.7mm in width, 8.98mm in thickness, and 199 grams in weight. There are three colors to choose from – Crystal Blue, Pearl White, and Midnight Black.

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It brings dual rear camera system consisting of a 13-megapixel main camera (f/1.8 aperture) and a 2MP depth-of-field camera (f/2.4 aperture). The rear camera has modes of Normal photo, portrait photo, professional mode, and panorama mode.

Update Notes:

The latest software update for Huawei Enjoy 50 is expanding in batches and may take some to cover all of the available models. We suggest you make a backup of important files, to prevent unnecessary data loss.

Also, make sure your smartphone is not rooted and updated to the latest HarmonyOS firmware.

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Huawei Mate 50 series gets December 2022 patch

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Huawei is rolling out December 2022 software patch for Mate 50 series smartphones in China. However, it’s just a small patch that correlates with some important optimizations for Mate 50 devices.

According to the changelog, the December 2022 patch for the Huawei Mate 50 series brings system stability optimizations with new improvements to bring better performance.

It’s further revealed that the patch is distributed with HarmonyOS 3.0.0.179patch02 for – Mate 50, Mate 50 Pro, and Mate 50 RS Porsche Design. Since it’s a patch, the OTA will size only 16.26MB. On the other hand, it’s available only for the HarmonyOS 3 version of the Mate 50 lineup.

After upgrading to the latest software patch, a Huawei Mate 50 standard user reported a camera telephoto bug. The user reports that the 10X telephoto zoom lost clarity over the past version.

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The user also posted a video describing this issue. It felt like the camera failed to focus on the subject, similar to Huawei P30 Pro.

A number of users replied this to bug. Saying that it could be an issue with the day and nighttime light arrangements. While some suggest that this could be fixed with the next upgrade.

Huawei Mate 50 December 2022 Software Patch

Performance update:

Last month, Huawei sent a performance improvement update for Mate 50 series devices. According to our report, the phone received a substantial boost in GPU performance with HarmonyOS 3.0.0.168.

A test on the Genshin Impact game revealed that the Huawei Mate 50 Pro delivers frame rate improvements along with the stability of the smartphone.

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To download this software update, Huawei Mate 50 owners can look into the My Huawei app and then tap on the updates section to get the latest firmware version. However, users are recommended to make a backup of important files as a safety precaution.

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