Huawei Mate X2, Mate 40 series, Smart Screen S, and other devices recently made their entry in the HarmonyOS 2.0 developer beta program. Following their inclusion, Huawei has started to rollout a new beta software build for these devices.
The latest software update for these devices brings a number of new noticeable changes in the user interface including the new system animations, app transition effects, new settings element design, and more.
But specifically, we’re here to talk about the new quick settings and notification panel of the HarmonyOS (Hongmeng OS) mobile that has got even better with this new beta software.
So without further ado, let’s explore HarmonyOS quick settings panel.
Similar to the entire, HarmonyOS user interface, the new HarmonyOS quick settings panel also adopted the new card design with round corner shapes. More interestingly, the quick settings are now divided into a control center like arrange with priority widgets on top followed by the chunk of other switches. This whole arrangement provides a cleaner and better user interface experience.
According to the example linked below, the new Quick Settings has a Music controller on the top left with the option to manage playback options of prev, pause/play, and next. It’s followed by the Wi-fi and Bluetooth options on the right side sitting in a vertical manner but the combined weight of both of these cards is similar to the music controller.
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Tap to open pop-up screen:
For options that support drop-down options such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, HarmonyOS quick settings now perform a new kind of pop-up selection menu with a new animation.
Scroll to reveal quick settings:
Aside from the top section, the quick settings panel also has the regular quick access switches, that come in play once a user scrolls the switch section from top to bottom. In the normal state, the quick access switch panel shows only five switches followed by the brightness slider.
Smart connected device panel:
Below you can check the set of smart devices that are connected with the smartphone including in a variety of categories. Also, they have their separate cards to manage with their respective controls.
Similar to the previous quick settings panel in EMUI 11, the new notification panel also supports customizations, which can be accessed via the edit option on the top right corner. While the priority of the card could also be rearranged but we don’t any confirmation on that.
The icons in the quick settings menu remain the same as the EMUI 11. However, we can expect Huawei to change them in the final launch of HarmonyOS for its devices but nothing is certain at the moment.
Gestures to open the notification panel and other to open quick settings panel:
More interestingly, there’s one more thing that we’ve observed from the HarmonyOS latest beta build, which is that the new notification panel and quick settings panel could be accessed from different styles.
For example, the notification panel can be accessed by swiping down from the top left corner of the display, while on the other hand, the quick settings panel can be opened by swiping down from the top right corner. Check the video demonstration below.
These shortcut gestures are awesome and we’ll keep looking for more information on this matter.
Currently, this information is extracted from the latest developer beta version of the HarmonyOS but we can expect that Huawei will further improve the entire HarmonyOS software system once this product reaches to its stable mode.
— Reyzaar (@Reyzaaru) April 28, 2021
Huawei P30 Lite HarmonyOS testing begins in China, that’s something good
Huawei P30 Lite is one of the finest budget devices that still rules in many consumers’ hands. The phone comes with a 6.15-inch full HD display, Kirin 710 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB internal storage to store your files.
To take photos, the phone provides a 24MP triple camera system with AI features but the front camera boasts a 32MP selfie camera for excellent selfies. The Huawei P30 Lite has an excellent battery backup supported by a 3340mAh capacity and recharges support with an 18W fast charger.
On the other side, the phone runs EMUI 9.0 based Android 9 out of the box and received only one major upgrade to the Android 10 (EMUI 10.0), not even EMUI 10.1 rolled for the device.
However, with the arrival of Huawei’s own operating system – HarmonyOS 2, and a massive upgrade roadmap. Huawei P30 Lite has been continuously been asking, what will happen to their devices, as the company continues to remain silent on the global rollout plan.
However, there’s good news that just arrived from China on this matter, as it contains interesting facts regarding the HarmonyOS 2 status for Huawei P30 Lite devices.
Huawei P30 Lite HarmonyOS testing:
Huawei has begun HarmonyOS 2 beta testing on the Nova 4e, which is the Chinese version of Huawei P30 Lite. Overall, it’s very good news for the users as they can confirm that the phone will also be getting an OS upgrade.
According to the information, the Huawei P30 Lite Chinese version received the first HarmonyOS 2 closed beta with HarmonyOS software version 184.108.40.206 upgrading from EMUI 10.0 version 10.0.0.168.
The latest software push brings a number of new features in the user interface and installs new features such as new icons, control panel, service center, new gestures as well as other important changes to signify the user experience.
Still, HarmonyOS 2 rollout remains limited to the Chinese models, and Huawei is yet to confirm a rollout plan for the global devices. However, fans are eagerly waiting to upgrade over HarmonyOS operating system along with its new features.
Runs EMUI 10:
Huawei P30 Lite currently runs EMUI 10.0 software and is eligible for quarterly security patches for improved system security. Previously, Huawei rolled out a software update that brings brought a number of new features and apps including Petal Map, Celia AI Assistant, and Petal Search apps for the P30 Lite.
Honor HarmonyOS Upgrade Plan: Devices and Rollout Time [List]
This year, Huawei has planned to cross the mark by installing HarmonyOS in 300 million devices, these include both new and old models of smartphones, tablets, IoT devices, smartphone home devices, in-car systems, and other third-party devices.
Last year, Honor became an independent firm and now planning to return to the smartphone market with a number of new products.
However, Honor device users are also concerned about their future and existing device owners are also interested to receive HarmonyOS operating system update.
But don’t worry Honor phone users, you may be out of Huawei’s leadership but you’ll still be cared for by the company in terms of software support.
Because we now have a confirmed list of Honor devices that will upgrade with HarmonyOS. Similar to Huawei devices, the list also includes the oldest node of the device possible to support HarmonyOS features.
So, without further ado, let’s jump into this section and know which devices will receive HarmonyOS software updates and when.
Honor devices that will receive HarmonyOS fourth quarter of 2021:
- Honor 30
- Honor 30 Pro
- Honor 30 Pro+
- Honor 30S
- Honor V30
- Honor V30 Pro
- Honor V20
- Honor V20 Moschino Edition
- Honor Magic 2
- Honor 20
- Honor 20 Pro
- Honor X10
- Honor X10 Max
- Honor Tablet 6
- Honor Tablet X6
- Honor Play 4 Pro
- Honor 30 Youth Edition
- Honor Play 4
Honor Devices that will receive HarmonyOS in the first half of 2022:
- Honor V10
- Honor 10
- Honor Play
- Honor 20S
- Honor Play4T Pro
- Honor 9X
- Honor 9X Pro
- Honor 8X
- Honor 10 Youth Edition
- Honor 20i
- Honor 9
- Honor V9
- Honor Play 3
- Honor Note 10
- Honor Tablet 5 8-inch
- Honor Tablet 5 10.1-inch
Cocos Creator games can use HarmonyOS multi-screen collaboration for a new multiplayer experience
Back in June, Huawei officially launched HarmonyOS 2 for mobile devices, and it comes with various new features powered by the new distributed capabilities. This helps users to enjoy a seamless cross-device experience more conveniently.
However, game-making software also acknowledging the power of HarmonyOS. As Cocos Creator, a well-known gaming creation platform became the first of its kind software to adopt the HarmonyOS 2 operating system.
Cocos Creator 3.2 version brings HarmonyOS 2 support and can fully utilize the new distributed capabilities of this operating system. Developers can easily develop games with multi-device collaboration features.
To create a new project in Cocos Creator, select the new project with HarmonyOS operating system, then import the completed project into the DevEco Studio to compile/package/deploy, and debug.
The overall workflow is similar to that of developers publishing to other native mobile platforms, and it is very simple for developers familiar with this type of development.
The Cocos Creator engine brings a multi-device collaboration game template that supports HarmonyOS, allowing developers to quickly create games that support multi-device collaboration through this template.
Developers can apply after discovery, pairing, connection, combination, and verification, two devices can be connected to create more interesting applications and increase the entire gameplay experience.
Grab the Gold Coins Game:
Such power of HarmonyOS will empower a game such as “Grab the Gold Coins”, which emphasizes the HarmonyOS multi-collab game template on the Cocos engine.
The game can quickly realize the device discovery and connection functions on HarmonyOS, using the mobile phone as a gamepad to control the large screen, and gameplay is easy to understand and play.
To play such games, A bigger screen (a Huawei Smart TV) will work as the display and the smartphone as a controller.
When the game starts, the smart screen will pop up the device selection page, select a nearby Huawei phone as the handle input terminal, establish a connection, and initialize the device.
After the connection is established, the smart screen will use the senDataToRemote interface to inform that the mobile phone can enter the game state as a controller, and the mobile phone as a handle receives the signal that the game can start operation through onRemoteRequest, and starts to send the control data to the smart screen.
Overall, the game process In, all control data can be transmitted and fed back through these two interfaces to realize the game logic of picking up gold coins, picking up hammers, and grabbing gold coins.
Using multiple devices:
The distributed capability of HarmonyOS 2 allows mobile devices to quickly virtualize to handle the smart TV connections and transforms into an interactive console. This enables users to connect with multiple devices into one game and get a multi-player user experience.