OxygenOS is OnePlus’s prime software system that’s based on the Android operating system, this software currently runs the 11th version – OxygenOS 11 on OnePlus devices.
So, why not we do the same. Therefore, in the HarmonyOS 2 comparison series, we’re now jumping on the first head-to-head battle between OxygenOS 11 vs HarmonyOS 2.
As we’ll going initiate this comparison with the dark mode feature.
For the OxygenOS 11 vs HarmonyOS 2 dark mode comparison, we’ll test the following user interface element and system apps:
- Quick Settings
- Settings Menu – Menu icons and view
- Apps – Clock, Gallery, and Dial
In Dark Mode, the OxygenOS 11 provides a good sense of viewing and has three color combinations of red, gray, and white in the UI elements. Coming to the Settings menu, the card, and menu layout also good but as you move inside any Settings menu, you’ll have to high-contrast colors.
To be mentioned, the colors sometimes feel very odd while operating throughout the software system. On the other hand, the software still allows users to change the theme’s accent color but the dark mode looks too terrible in accent colors.
Huawei’s HarmonyOS 2 has a better color combination while using the dark mode, and it includes subtle colors that don’t hurt your eyes. Users could find these subtle changes and perfect color contrast ratio in almost every part of the user interface in the dark mode.
The theme has new menu icons and there’s a lot of optimization that been added to system apps. This helps to provide a better dark mode experience to the users compared to the OxygenOS 11.
Stock Android 12 vs One UI 4.0: Quick Settings comparison
Last year, Google released its latest Android version – Android 12 that comes with various features and customizations. Different phone makers are adopting Android 12 including Samsung, the world’s largest phone maker. Though Google releases Android operating system upgrades but Samsung keeps them in a slightly steady manner with software updates that roll out on time.
Therefore, a healthy comparison between One UI 4.0 and Android 12 is a must-to-do task and we’re ready to perform it. For your information, Samsung One UI 4.0 has a lot of new customizations that make it one of the best customized Android mobile software. The latest version has new improvements for user interface, features, and UI customization such as a color palette that makes the user experience vivid.
On the other hand, Stock Android is an open space that has nothing to worry about the customizations, it’s just a simple plane Android that runs on Pixel devices and similar ones. But Stock Android 12 is something that you should check if you own a Pixel smartphone.
After these instructions, let’s begin our comparison saga between One UI 4.0 vs Stock Android 12 for the Quick Settings menu.
First comes Android 12:
You need to swipe down to open the Android 12 quick Settings menu and access the quick access switches. As shown below, Samsung has brought in a new tiles system that will enhance the user experience. The tiles are big and easy to touch, so, there’s no chance of missing a tap. You can also customize the order and the tiles from the quick settings menu.
Furthermore, Android 12 will take care of your concerns over the customizations with its new Material You theme options that automatically generate a color pallet for primary and accent system UI colors based on your phone’s current home screen wallpaper. The Material You is something new and increases the looks and appearances efficiently without requiring the installation of any third-party plugin.
One UI 4.0
Samsung One UI 4.0 continues to carry a Quick setting layout from One UI 3.1, except the company has made minor tweaks in the arrangement of top labels and quick access icons are brighter and easy to spot. On the other hand, the brightness and sound sliders look better than before. The overall looks and feel of the user interface have been improved as compared to the One UI 3.1 software that does make a difference in user experience.
Don’t forget that One UI 4.0 comes with a new color palette feature that allows you to make some changes are the Material You since it’s also an Android 12 adaptation.
From a consumer‘s perspective, both of these quick settings user interface comes with lots of new options. However, the One UI 4.0 seems more friendly and easy to navigate as compared to the Android 12. Also, there are a lot of options that could show up on the One UI 4.0 screen view that may not appear on stock Android 12 quick settings.
Huawei HarmonyOS 2.0 vs Samsung One UI 4.0: Quick Settings Panel
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.
HarmonyOS 2 vs Android 12: Control Panel and Quick Settings
Google Android 12 is the next operating system that comes with various new features. Android is open source and provides different types of customizations for the smartphone makers to customize Android and make it as a base of their custom software skin just like the Huawei EMUI.
However, if you are coming from any phone such as Huawei, Samsung, and others, you may find that Pixel device has minimized and a limited amount of apps, that solely launched by Google. This clean and Google apps only user experience is called – Stock Android.
But HarmonyOS is the next operating system that has entered on Huawei phones in China with the version HarmonyOS 2. Therefore, more and more device owners continue to upgrade over this new open-source operating system to ramp up HarmonyOS numbers to stand up against Android.
In the past, we’ve compared different Android software including numerous types of software skins but this time, we’ll compare stock Android 12 vs HarmonyOS 2. For this HarmonyOS 2 vs Android 12 comparison, we’ll first dive into the quick settings feature of both of the software and see which one is the best.
Stock Android 12 Quick Settings:
Android 12 is powered by Material You, a new user interface design specially designed for the Android ecosystem. The Android 12 Quick Settings panel shows the same integrations. Once shipped downwards, you can access the quick settings and there are various tiles (quick tap buttons), that have a good amount of width to make sure that you don’t miss a tap.
The brightness control and volume sliders also have now bigger sliders. However, the position of the brightness slider at the top should have been at the bottom side. You can also edit the Quick Settings options and add more into them or remove any if you want.
However, a virtual power button is a lifesaver, and it’s presented on the Android 12, from which, you can tap on emergency, initiate a lockdown, turn off the device or restart it. You don’t have to press the physical key to do such actions.
HarmonyOS comes with a new Control Panel, that has different types of mobile services in a single place, such as media controllers, connectivity, quick settings, super device, and smart connected device. You can manage these from a single place without a hassle.
Talking specifically about the quick settings, the HarmonyOS carries forward the EMUI 11 icons but polished them with better visibility and the design scheme of the HM OS software. Compared to the Android 12, you can check more of the quick switches on the same screen without any issues.
The design of the HarmonyOS quick settings is very simple and subtle, which makes it easy to use. However, that power switch is also a required feature that Huawei should use to this new operating system, to save the phone’s physical power key.