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Stable HarmonyOS 4.2 rolling out for Huawei MatePad 11 (2021) tablet



Huawei MatePad 11 stable HarmonyOS 4.2

Huawei has started rolling out the stable HarmonyOS 4.2 update to old tablets and the latest one is the MatePad 11 2021 model. With this release, the company aims to enhance the user experience of its devices with useful features and improvements.

The Chinese tech giant is also working on the GoPaint public beta activity which is currently available to the newest flagship tablets. But it will soon make its way to other models. Notably, this app is only compatible with HarmonyOS 4.2 and above builds.

Hence you should install the new major upgrade as soon as it approaches your device. The stable HarmonyOS 4.2 update for Huawei MatePad 11 2021 is tagged with the version. Ensure to have 8GB of storage to install the firmware.

Stable HarmonyOS 4.2 brings access to various new features including optimized security, an upgraded Huawei Reading app, and a better user interface.

Users will also fetch the May 2024 security patch for a safer and more reliable operating system. The new update is reaching tablets running on the baseline version You can check the changelog and other improvements below.

Huawei MatePad 11 stable HarmonyOS 4.2

Huawei MatePad 11 2021 is receiving the stable HarmonyOS 4.2 update (Image Credits: Huawei)

HarmonyOS Update:


  • Optimize the global search experience and make the home screen pull-down feature smoother
  • Improve the user experience in various scenarios such as application startup, task switching, sliding, interrupting animations, etc., giving you a smoother and smoother operating feel.

User Interface

  • Celia suggestions widgets can be stacked for display to improve the user experience.
  • Polishes the operation details of more scenarios to make visual effects, prompts, etc. more refined and accurate.


  • Integrates a device-cloud cooperation mechanism to achieve more accurate and faster control of malicious apps.
  • Added an anti-false alarm feature to smartly identify viruses and risky applications, making HarmonyOS more pure and secure.
  • Blocks in-app ads (pop-up ads when the phone is shaken) by preventing apps from obtaining the device orientation. (Settings > Privacy > Permission Manager > Device Orientation).
  • Better control on notification sending permissions for new third-party apps.
  • Incorporated the May 2024 security patch to enhance the system security.


  • Upgraded the ‘Huawei Reading’ service. Based on HarmonyOS features, it provides you with a high-quality reading experience such as millions of good books, AI emotional reading, and cross-device circulation.


  • When the tablet screen is off, tap the stylus on the screen to quickly open the memo to take notes and release the pen-lifting shorthand (opening method: Settings > Accessibility > Stylus > Pen-lifting shorthand independent switch).

Will MatePad 11 2021 get HarmonyOS NEXT?

Huawei is serving this old tablet with some new enhancements but does this mean HarmonyOS NEXT will be available for it in the future? With the latest 4.2 version distribution, we can expect that the model will get a slot in the HarmonyOS NEXT wagon.

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