Huawei MatePad 10.4 receives HarmonyOS feature update [Global]
Huawei has pushed off a new HarmonyOS feature update for the MatePad 10.4 device users across the globe. The update lands on the latest HarmonyOS 2.0 software with a bag of surprising additions.
The newest Huawei MatePad 10.4 HarmonyOS feature update is rolling out with version 18.104.22.168(C432E220R1P2). On the flip side, it holds a package size that weighs up to 4.27 Gigabytes. Therefore, we recommend users opt for a standard Wi-Fi connection for the installation procedure.
Since the update is fetching the devices through the OTA medium. Hence it might take some while to approach all the eligible devices at one time. However, users might check the Settings menu in order to grab the update manually.
Simply navigate to the Settings menu. Select the Software Updates followed by System & Updates. Further, tap on the CHECK FOR UPDATES. Click on the Download & Install tab, once you find the update.
The new feature update introduces a bunch of new additions to the device. Consequently, these add-ons are regarding the intuitive interface, a cross-device control panel, and several other components of the device.
Let’s explore these features in more detail:
Innovation Interaction – HarmonyOS Home Screen
- Allows you to swipe up on app icons with widgets bars at the bottom to create service widgets that can be resized and dragged to a new position.
- Adds a quick launch bar at the bottom of the screen that gives you direct access to frequently used and recent apps.
- Supports more flexible font customization where you can adjust font size and width with a slider.
- Applies the concept of neuromorphism to UI elements. It uses simple colors, tones, shadows, and highlights to achieve a more realistic effect.
- Supports pressing and holding app folders on the home screen to enlarge them and make it easier to access the apps inside.
Notification Panel and Control Panel
- Allows you to swipe down from the top left of the screen to access the notification panel to view notifications, and swipe down from the top right of the screen to access the control panel to use shortcuts.
- Adds support for connections with HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 headphones (updated to the latest version) via Super Device to enable seamless cooperation between tablet and headphones.
Smart Life in All Scenarios – Cross-Screen Cooperation
- Improves the function of cross-screen cooperation.
- Adds support for cross-screen collaboration between tablets running HarmonyOS and computers running Windows.
- Allows you to drag and drop images as well as files between standalone systems.
- Improves Huawei Share transfer speed for faster file sharing between Huawei phones, tablets, and laptops.
- Adds the FreeScript and text editing features that allow you to convert the handwritten text in the text field to text input and use shortcuts to select or delete text and add or remove spaces.
- Adds the M-Pen Zone app, which allows you to easily search and download stylus-related apps.
- Adds a function that allows you to add cards or certificates by scanning, and adding watermarks to protect images.
- Adds a quick download shortcut for Celia Keyboard to the home screen. The app can be downloaded by tapping the shortcut.
NOTE: If the AppGallery app auto-update setting is set to On or Wi-Fi only, app updates will be downloaded and installed automatically when the network connection is good.
Optimized User Experience
- Improves the performance of operations such as tapping and swiping.
HarmonyOS 3.1: Here’s what you can expect
A new HarmonyOS version will launch with the Huawei P60 series on March 23. And here’s everything you can expect from this upcoming HarmonyOS 3.1 software and its specialties.
Aside from the new technological advancements, the Huawei P60 series will bring powerful camera capabilities to take amazing photographs on the go. However, a better hardware experience is connected to the software. That’s why, users can take benefit from HarmonyOS 3.1 in various ways.
You can expect HarmonyOS 3.1 to come with major improvements and bug fixes for the entire HarmonyOS operating system. This new version has eye-catching animations with added fluidity and physics-based response.
The new animations reflect all around the UI and UX. That’s why the difference between HarmonyOS 3.0 and 3.1 will be visible to all of the users.
HarmonyOS 3.1 brings an optimized control panel and it has new app shortcuts in case you need to jump on a certain app. The task execution between apps and the launch speed are also enhanced to provide fast feedback.
Other than these, Huawei is providing a developer-friendly environment, which allows them to deploy fast HarmonyOS 3.1 applications. For now, Huawei has not announced a rollout date for old devices but it could happen next month.
Moving ahead, we could expect Huawei to bring exclusive dynamic island notifications functionality for center-hole punch devices including the Huawei P60 Pro and Art variants.
Ahead of the HarmonyOS 4, this new upgrade will satisfy the consumer demand for a new change in the entire ecosystem.
Open source HarmonyOS now has 100 million lines of code
OpenAtom Foundation has recently announced the 2022 OpenHarmony Annual Operation Report. It reveals the that opens source HarmonyOS has achieved around 100 million lines of code.
According to the information, OpenHarmony has made new contracts with a total of 51 companies. While over 5100 co-builders submitted codes to be merged by Open Source HarmonyOS.
This marks a total of nearly 100 million lines of code built for the open-source HarmonyOS. Last year, 45 manufacturers launched 100+ open-source HarmonyOS products.
As of December 2022, the number of OpenHarmony project groups increased to 29. It includes over 50 top technical coders and 10+ university clubs.
Last month, Yu Chengdong, Executive Director and CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group said that he is expecting big progress in the OpenHarmony open-source software.
Yu then revealed that OpenHarmony has become the fastest-growing operating system. There are currently more than 110 commercial devices and more than 100 models running this software.
OpenHarmony is already applied in various fields such as education, finance, transportation, and mining, and has built an information infrastructure base for thousands of industries.
Following HarmonyOS operating system launch in 2019, Huawei announced to open-source its OS. At HDC 2020, Huawei launched open-source HarmonyOS as OpenHarmony and donated the entire code to OpenAtom Foundation.
OpenAtom Foundation is the first foundation for open-source software in China. It was established in June 2020 and initiated jointly by many of the big tech giants.
HarmonyOS 3 public beta adds 7 new Huawei devices [List]
Yesterday, Huawei opened the gates of HarmonyOS 3 public beta for 9 Honor devices new devices, and today, the Chinese tech maker added 7 of the native smartphones and tablets on the same upgrade process.
Huawei has opened HarmonyOS 3 public beta for 7 prominent old and mid-range devices including Huawei Nova 8 SE, Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G, Enjoy 50, and MatePad 10.4. These along with other models are eligible to participate in the new HarmonyOS 3 beta phase.
According to the information, HarmonyOS 3 public beta will allow all of the users with the HarmonyOS 2 operating system to gain HarmonyOS 3 features ahead of a stable release. Interstingly, public beta allows unlimited slots, which makes it different from a closed testing environment.
Also, public beta indicates that the software testing has been completed and it’s in the final stage of the official software rollout.
Let’s take a look at the Huawei devices that have secured a place in the HarmonyOS 3 public beta:
- Huawei Nova 8 SE
- Huawei Nova 8 SE Vitality Edition
- Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G
- Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G Vitality Edition
- Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G Lohas Edition
- Huawei Enjoy 50
- Huawei MatePad 10.4 2022
All of these devices require you to download the base HarmonyOS version 22.214.171.124 to receive the HarmonyOS 3 public beta.
Last month, Huawei opened HarmonyOS 3 and closed beta recruitment for these models and within a month, Huawei progressed to the next phase.
HarmonyOS 3 has various new features and one of them is the new stack widgets. This functionality lets you stack all of the widgets into one place and helps you to clean the entire home screen. You can destack the entire widgets whenever you may fancy. There are many new capabilities to explore in HarmonyOS 3 that improve the user experience.
Huawei has confirmed that eligible HarmonyOS 3 public beta device users can signup for the testing application starting March 22. However, the registration process could only complete via the My Huawei app.
Therefore, make sure you have the My Huawei app on the latest version via AppGallery. You also have the option to roll back any time from the early beta testers.