HarmonyOS 2.0 comes with a bunch of new features including the new Control Panel that replaces the old unified quick settings panel. On the other hand, you have the Samsung One UI 4.0 and we’ll be going to compare it with HarmonyOS 2.0 for the quick settings panel in this comparison.
Let’s talk a little bit about the One UI 4.0 first, Samsung’s latest software is based on Android 12 and brings a bunch of new enhancements over its predecessor. Therefore, its UI has been revamped and supported by some extra customizations thanks to the latest Android version. However, one thing to note is that One UI 4.0 still has the unified quick settings and notification panel.
Now, let’s begin our comparison of HarmonyOS 2.0 vs One UI 4.0 quick settings panel.
One UI 4.0:
The Quick settings panel of One UI 4.0 enhances the user experience over One UI 3.1. For instance, the quick switch icons now have a more subtle appearance and thanks to the Android 12 operating system, Samsung phones can customize the color of the entire user interface, including icons, based on the home screen wallpaper.
Another thing to mention is that the system font is also polished and increases the visibility for areas such as time and date. Talking about the minor changes, the One UI 4.0 has minor tweaks in the slider area, which has become a bit cozy to access. There are also, two large buttons for Device control and media output management.
HarmonyOS 2.0 has its own vibe that will clearly reflect on its quick settings called Control Panel, you just need to swipe down from the right corner and bring it on. In comparison to One UI 4.0, HarmonyOS has separated the notification center and control panel for easy access to the different features in various interaction-friendly aspects.
The HarmonyOS sans font looks good on the user interface and system icons for Settings and layout editor are also there. The use of media and connectivity switches brings ease of access for specific features such as music, WiFi connections, and Bluetooth. On the other side, the quick access switches are brighter and come with a perfect size that won’t miss a tap from your finger.
In addition, to Settings, you’ll also see Super Device manager and smart connected device controller widgets below the quick settings.
Both of these user interfaces are really good but HarmonyOS 2.0 has the upper hand in some areas of navigation and control over the quick settings. Still, One UI 4.0’s new color palette and virtual power on the switch are really big features that HarmonyOS 2.0 missed.
Samsung One UI vs Huawei EMUI: Eye Comfort feature
Nowadays, we’re close to our smartphones than ever and this close partnership could bring some eye fatigue powered by Blue light. However, there’s a feature called Eye comfort that is pre-blended on Huawei EMUI to save your eyes, adding to this, we’ll also compare it with the Samsung One UI counterpart.
Although, smartphone makers are enhancing the display panel for the best quality possible but blue light emissions cannot be stopped.
Using devices up close or for long periods can lead to digital eyestrain. Research has shown that when people use computers, laptops, and other digital devices, they tend to blink less often than normal. Fewer blinks can mean less moisture. Digital eyestrain means different things to different people but is generally related to the focusing system of the eyes.
A blue light filter decreases the amount of blue light displayed on the screen of the device, which can suppress the production of the sleep-inducing hormone, so filtering it out can help you sleep better. It will also help you to reduce digital eye strain.
Coming to the comparison, both Huawei EMUI and Samsung One UI come with eye comfort features and it’s time that we look into the aspects.
The Eye schedule feature allows you to enable/disable eye comfort with start and end time.
Once enabled, the feature overlaps the screen for the entire time until you turn it off manually.
A slider is available on both software that filters out blue light to reduce eye fatigue, you can slide it left or right to increase/reduce the filter strength.
Only Huawei EMUI comes with a flicker reduction feature, and as the name reflects, the option helps you to reduce flickering on the screen. This will affect color balance and auto-brightness control.
Samsung One UI 5 quick settings needs improvements similar to EMUI 12
One UI 5 is one of the most low-approved software and it lacks innovation as well as smoothness. Don’t take my word for it, if you have a Samsung phone, you may like it ‘a bit’ but if you have a Huawei phone or even an iPhone then, you may want Samsung to kick in some new efforts.
Currently, Samsung is busy sending One UI 5 software to old devices. As compared to One UI 4.1, Samsung has made some changes in the user interface and a few in the features section. However, these changes are teeny tiny on the surface.
For instance, Samsung One UI 5 quick settings are similar to One UI 4.1. There is a small change that is powered by Android 13’s Material You design and the rest of the UI and functionality remain the same.
To access One UI 5 quick settings, you can swipe down from the top and swipe again to open the full panel. On the top tray, you will get key features of search, power, and settings, as well as edit.
Followed by a large space for time and date and followed by device control and media output manager. The bottom section includes SIM manager options, quick access icons, and a brightness slider. These are the same old features that were available in One UI 4.1.
On the other hand, EMUI 12 renovated the user experience for Huawei smartphone users. The Control Panel (quick settings) combines a number of new features and services that weren’t there before.
The control panel brings simplicity at hand. Starting from the top section, the phone could use it to control WiFi, Bluetooth connected device way better than One UI 5. There’s a media controller that will allow you to manage playback
Do you think that’s the end of the story? Nope, because Huawei EMUI 12 quick settings enable audio projection to broadcast music on different devices all at once.
The EMUI 12 control panel has quick settings icon section, which has big dials than Samsung One UI 5. Talking about creativity, EMUI 12 further outshines One UI 5 with its Super Device and Smart Device controllers.
Samsung is free to brag about smartphone sales in the global market but when it comes to features and user experience, One UI 5 is still far away.
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HarmonyOS 3 vs Android 13: Users interface and key features
Huawei HarmonyOS 3 is loaded with lots of features and Android 13 is also in line with the latest offerings. These two prime software are designed for a better user experience and rolling out for various smartphones.
Both HarmonyOS 3 and Android 13 software have their own set of weapons. And in this article, we’ll compare some of the newest features of these two mobile operating systems.
Note: The Android 13 is a stock version.
Home screen and layout:
HarmonyOS 3 brings a new auto-layout feature that allows you to restructure the home screen content based on the original layout. Or you can sort by color or just by category.
However, Android 13 has no feature to manage the screen layout. This is quite disappointing.
One of the most innovative features of HarmonyOS 3 is its App Snippet. The feature allows you to open key features of an application without opening the app first. Once again, Android 13 don’t give such access to the feature.
Huawei introduced large folders with HarmonyOS 2 and HarmonyOS 3 gets you a new range of layouts. Large folders is a real innovation and several Chinese phone makers have copied this feature from Huawei.
However, stock Android 13 lacks it but the software does follow the traditional app folder instead.
Service widgets – stacked, grouped:
Service widgets enable you to preview app info and access app features. However, HarmonyOS 3 gets you additional gifts such as group and stack widgets. Android 13 also lets you add app and service widgets but it doesn’t offer you the same level of compatibility as HarmonyOS 3.
However, you can resize the widgets similar to large folders by stretching anchors, which looks pretty neat.
Control Panel and Quick Settings:
HarmonyOS 3 has one of the best quick settings on all smartphones. This has various services such as Audio Control Panel, Shortcuts, Super Device, Smart scenario manager, and smart device control. With HarmonyOS 2, Huawei introduced a separate space for notifications but the company improved the control panel and notification center with this upgrade.
Similar to Android 12, stock Android 13 follows the tile-powered quick settings. These are pretty big tiles (easy to tap) with a brightness controller, edit button, and shortcut for the Settings menu. However, I recognize that the virtual power button on Android devices is missing on HarmonyOS.
HarmonyOS 3 has a colorful combination of icons and text and the background card container enhances the overall view. On the other hand, Android 13 has its own specialty provided by Material You and it makes the entire user interface interesting.
Security and Privacy:
These are two enhanced functionalities on both of these operating systems. HarmonyOS 3 and Android 13 offer privacy and security center features. These allow you to recheck the security measures and app permissions anytime.
So, there we have it, our brief comparison of Android 13 and HarmonyOS 3.