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The Design & Behavior of Huawei/Honor’s Android Pie OS

The Design & Behavior of Huawei/Honor's Android Pie OS

Android is the working system of over 2 billion smartphones round on the earth. A great chunk of the Android smartphones bought worldwide come from Chinese language know-how big Huawei and its sub-brand Honor. Like its many rival Chinese language manufacturers, Huawei ships a closely custom-made construct of Android on all its smartphones. The software program known as “EMUI,” or Emotion UI because it was as soon as recognized. Huawei’s sub-brand Honor additionally ships EMUI on its smartphones, though underneath a unique identify referred to as “Magic UI.”

With Huawei and Honor rising in reputation outdoors of China, EMUI and Magic UI have advanced to satisfy the wants of worldwide audiences. When you’ve by no means purchased a Huawei or Honor-branded smartphone and wish to decide up a brand new Honor View20, Huawei P30, Huawei Mate 20, or another gadget from the Chinese language model, you could really feel overwhelmed by what number of options there are in EMUI and Magic UI. On this assessment, I’ll be masking every little thing—and I imply every part—there’s to know concerning the international variations of EMUI and Magic UI. By the top of this evaluation, you’ll hopefully have a radical understanding of what your new Huawei or Honor smartphone can do. You in all probability intend to maintain your new smartphone for at the least a yr or two, so that you’ll undoubtedly need to turn out to be acquainted with EMUI/Magic UI if you wish to take advantage of out of your new smartphone buy.

Huawei’s EMUI has been round because the days of Android four.zero Ice Cream Sandwich again in 2012. 7 years later, the newest model is EMUI 9.1 based mostly on Android 9 Pie, as first seen on new Huawei P30 collection. The newest Magic UI launch is model 2.zero as seen on the Honor Magic 2 and Honor View20, though Honor is engaged on bringing Magic UI 2.1 with EMUI 9.1 options over to their smartphones. I’ve used EMUI since EMUI 5.zero based mostly on Android 7.zero Nougat on the Huawei Mate 9. I even have expertise with EMUI eight.zero based mostly on Android eight.zero Oreo on the Huawei Mate 10 Professional. Lastly, I’ve been utilizing the Huawei Mate 20 X operating EMUI 9.zero based mostly on Android 9 Pie for the previous 5 months, though I’ve additionally used each the Honor Magic 2 and Honor View20 operating Magic UI 2.zero based mostly on Android 9 Pie. Thus, I’ve an extended historical past with EMUI and I just about comprehend it in and out.

Due to the size of this evaluate, I’ve divided it into three separate articles. Right here is an summary of what this evaluation covers in complete:

Desk of Contents

  • Article 1 – EMUI 9 Design and Conduct
    • Web page 1 – Look and Really feel
      • Default UI – How the consumer interface appears typically
      • Themes – Exploring the built-in theme engine
      • Darkish Mode – A quick overview on the built-in, system-wide darkish mode on choose units
      • Notch Hiding – What it’s like to cover the notch on notched telephones
      • Full-screen Settings – Forcing optimum show settings for sure apps
      • Lock Display/All the time on Show – What info will get proven on the lock display or All the time on Show, if out there
    • Web page 2 – Conduct
      • Notifications – How notifications behave and are managed
      • Reminiscence Administration – Learn how to take management of EMUI’s aggressive reminiscence administration
      • Energy Administration – How one can squeeze some additional juice out of your telephone
      • Community Administration – Methods to successfully management your knowledge use
  • Article 2 – EMUI 9 Options and Apps
    • Web page 1 – Important Options
      • Navigation Gestures – Utilizing gestures to navigate the telephone
      • Digital Stability – Curb your smartphone habit with wellbeing instruments
      • Desktop Mode – Flip your telephone into a transportable PC
      • App Twin – Clone sure apps to make use of a number of accounts
      • Gaming Mode – Enhance your gaming expertise with AppAssistant
      • GPU Turbo 2.zero – How model 2.zero of Huawei’s recreation efficiency booster works
      • Fingerprint Gestures – Assign sure actions to fingerprint swipes
      • Face Recognition – Unlock your telephone or apps utilizing your face
      • Movement Controls – Transfer or draw in your telephone to take sure actions
      • Voice Management – Management your telephone together with your voice
      • Mini Display View – Use your telephone one-handed
      • Easy Mode – Telephone too difficult? Right here’s the right way to make it easier
      • Miscellaneous – All the opposite options I couldn’t match into their very own sections
    • Web page 2 – Sharing and Privateness
      • Huawei Share – Share your information to a PC or a printer
      • Password Vault – Retailer your passwords in a password supervisor
      • App Lock – Lock your apps behind a PIN, password, fingerprint, or face ID
      • PrivateSpace – Arrange a second, hidden profile
      • File Protected – Securely retailer delicate information on storage
    • Web page three – EMUI Apps
      • Digital camera App – Assessing the digital camera expertise and options
      • Telephone Supervisor – Speaking about EMUI’s built-in automated battery and storage supervisor
      • HiTouch/HiVision – Level your digital camera at an object or textual content to study extra about it
      • Launcher/Huawei Residence – Discover ways to use the launcher successfully
      • Miscellaneous – All the opposite EMUI apps I couldn’t match into their very own sections
  • Article three – New options in EMUI 9.1
    • EROFS – A brand new file system that would convey efficiency enhancements
    • ARK Compiler – What on the earth is Huawei doing with ART?
    • GPU Turbo three.zero – Higher gaming on 19 new video games
    • New icons and Assistant shortcut – A slight redesign and a brand new gesture
    • Miscellaneous – All the opposite EMUI 9.1 modifications I couldn’t match into their very own sections
    • Will my telephone get EMUI 9.1? – Right here’s an inventory of the units confirmed to get the newest EMUI model.

That is half 1 of the evaluation, specializing in the design and conduct of EMUI 9. Half 2 might be accessed from the hyperlink on the finish of this text.


Look and Really feel of EMUI 9

In the course of the youth of Huawei’s smartphone model, the corporate’s Android software program shared a whole lot of similarities with Apple’s iOS. Huawei wasn’t in any respect distinctive in shaping their design off of what Apple was doing. In any case, Apple was the smartphone model to beat in China; the notorious story of an individual promoting a kidney to purchase an iPhone involves thoughts. Thus, iOS-inspired designs have been all over, forsaking the daring UI modifications that Google was making within the early Holo and Materials Design days.

The panorama has modified in recent times, nevertheless. Huawei is a pressure to be reckoned with on the worldwide stage, they usually’re now the number one smartphone model in China and quantity 2 worldwide. As the corporate’s smartphone model has matured, so too has its design id. Whereas they haven’t adopted the brand new Materials Theme parts in model 9 of their software program, Huawei has made sufficient modifications to EMUI through the years that I really feel it’s turn out to be a suitable various to Pixel software program or OxygenOS. If the default UI nonetheless isn’t your cup of tea, you’ll be able to tweak many elements of it with a customized theme, as I’ll element within the subsequent part.

Settings

The primary settings pages in EMUI 9

As you’ll discover out when studying the remainder of this assessment, EMUI has a ton of options. Exposing every of those options to the consumer in an simply accessible method is hard. Huawei acknowledged this dilemma, and so one in every of their main objectives with the EMUI eight replace was to declutter the settings interface. Huawei tried to distribute options into submenus such that you simply wouldn’t need to maintain tapping till you discovered the function you have been in search of. Typically, they did a reasonably good job—you solely have to faucet 2 to three occasions from the primary settings web page to succeed in the top of most subsettings pages. I wouldn’t blame you if after you noticed the primary Settings web page you thought that EMUI doesn’t have lots of options; in contrast to Samsung’s One UI, you don’t have to navigate via one million totally different pages or modules to regulate your system.

I do have a couple of complaints with the format of the settings app, although:

  • Stuffing seemingly miscellaneous choices right into a “extra settings” web page is lazy design, much more so if essential choices are hidden within the overflow menu. There’s far too little categorization of settings happening in EMUI 9. Huawei ought to think about grouping collectively comparable setting choices into sections with a transparent divider, indicated by a header telling the consumer what the group of choices pertains to.
  • Inconsistent placement of sure choices. When deciding the place to put sure settings, Huawei appears to be occupied with putting them in line with what a part of the system is related. For instance, “darken interface” is positioned underneath Battery whereas “app icon badges” are positioned beneath Notifications. “Darken interface” ought to be positioned underneath Show whereas “app icon badges” ought to be positioned underneath House display & wallpaper, as a result of the consumer is extra more likely to affiliate these choices with these top-level settings pages. Huawei appropriately put “Sensible Decision” underneath Show settings though I might have seen them put it underneath Battery settings. Lastly, all of the lock screen-related settings reminiscent of lock display signature and All the time on show are situated in Residence display & wallpaper, once they’re higher fitted to Show.
  • In some instances, Huawei separates settings that could possibly be merged into one web page. Batch administration of notifications is one such instance. EMUI 9 permits you to toggle notification entry for a number of apps on the similar time with batch administration, however additionally they allow you to handle the person app notifications on the previous web page. Why not merge the 2 so you possibly can carry out batch administration and particular person administration? The identical goes for the “app launch” settings web page underneath Battery (which, by the best way, must be moved to the “Apps” part), and to a lesser extent, the community entry/superior community settings menu. If Huawei’s aim in EMUI eight and above is to scale back muddle, then they’ve solely finished the other by not consolidating many of those settings pages.
  • System Navigation shouldn’t be beneath the System submenu. I do know that Google, and just about everybody else, does it too, however EMUI 9 already has a helpful submenu referred to as “Sensible help” that it might go underneath. In truth, rename “Movement management” to easily “Gestures” and put System Navigation beneath the brand new web page together with Handwriting (on supported units just like the Huawei Mate 20 X) and HiTouch. On that observe, “Accessibility” shouldn’t be caught underneath Sensible help; it’s an essential sufficient settings web page that it’s made a top-level web page on most different units. Lastly, “Easy mode” tells the consumer it simplifies the house display format…but this function is discovered beneath System settings. Why?
  • Unclear names for sure options. Why is their gaming mode function referred to as “AppGallery Assistant” and never simply “Gaming Mode” or anything? Why name it “Handwriting” when the function is all concerning the M-Pen stylus? “Straightforward projection” implies screencasting, which whereas that’s considered one of its supported modes, individuals comprehend it greatest for its desktop mode performance. Huawei has hassle naming its options. Both be easy or actually intelligent. Proper now, these names are neither.

Navigation Bar

When you’re coming from a Google Pixel or Nokia gadget, then one thing may really feel off whenever you first take a look at the navigation bar. Compared to inventory Android’s navigation bar, EMUI’s is far more compact. The again, residence, and up to date app keys are positioned fairly shut to at least one one other, making it simpler to succeed in all three keys with one hand from both aspect of the display but in addition making it simpler to by accident press the incorrect key. Personally, I’ve by no means had issues with misentries and I want the compact navigation bar as a result of it helps with one-handed use.

In Settings > System > System navigation > Three-key-navigation settings, you possibly can select from four totally different navigation key layouts. The primary is the default three button format whereas the second flips the again and up to date apps key, the third provides a standing bar pull-down button to the correct, and the fourth is a mixture of the second and third format modifications. Lastly, you’ll be able to toggle the “disguise navigation keys” choice so as to add a down arrow to the left aspect of the navigation bar; when pressed, the navigation bar hides till the consumer swipes up from the underside of the display.

Current Apps

In Android 9 Pie, Google determined to maneuver the code answerable for the current apps overview from SystemUI to the launcher. This allowed them to combine Android Pie’s new gestures with the horizontally-scrolling current app overview playing cards; you possibly can swipe left and proper on the QuickScrim bar to shortly change between duties. Whereas Google’s gesture management implementation left so much to be desired, they at the very least put some thought into how you can greatest benefit from them.

In distinction, Huawei hasn’t proven the identical consideration when copying the brand new horizontally scrolling current apps record. (To be clear, the horizontal current apps listing is completely not a required Android Pie function. Xiaomi, for instance, has a two column vertically scrolling current apps record of their Android Pie-based MIUI 10 software program.) The transfer to bigger playing cards that scroll horizontally supplies larger info density at the price of slower process switching—one thing which Google’s gestures solved, however Huawei’s gestures haven’t. (I’ll go into larger element about EMUI’s gestures in a later part.) Thus, the brand new current apps listing in EMUI 9, whereas extra aesthetically pleasing than the one in EMUI eight, is slower at its fundamental job—process switching.

I do have to offer credit score to Huawei for not following Google’s lead in a single facet, although. In inventory Android Pie, the split-screen multi-window choice is stored hidden from customers. It’s nonetheless there, however it’s a must to long-press on an app icon within the current apps overview to point out a menu that allows you to go to the app information web page or toggle split-screen. Google even eliminated the power to set off split-screen by long-pressing the current apps key! Fortuitously, Huawei did neither. In EMUI 9, a split-screen button is seen on the highest proper of any current app card, and the long-press current app shortcut nonetheless works. As well as, there’s no hidden menu within the current apps overview to talk of in EMUI 9—long-pressing on any app icon all the time brings you to the app information web page. Lastly, whereas Google caught the clear all button all the best way to the very left of the current apps overview, Huawei put the button on the backside of the overview display. They even allow you to lock an app in reminiscence by swiping down on the cardboard, so it doesn’t get cleared if you faucet the clear all button (see the lock icon that seems within the under screenshot)!

The actionable areas in EMUI 9’s current apps overview are marked in pink.

You’ll have heard of some options on the Google Pixel comparable to “App Actions,” “Sensible Choice,” (the power to pick textual content and pictures on the current apps overview), and the power for advisable apps to point out up within the current apps. (App Actions are shortcuts to particular elements of apps which are beneficial based mostly in your utilization, e.g. a suggestion to open a Telegram DM with a good friend you latterly contacted.) Though the primary two options benefit from new APIs in Android Pie, they aren’t thought-about commonplace Android Pie options. They’re a part of one thing referred to as “Motion Providers” which is unique to the Pixel smartphones. Whereas it’s potential for Huawei to duplicate this performance on their very own as they’ve completed with Digital Stability versus Google’s Digital Wellbeing, don’t rely on them doing so—you’ll simply should miss out on this function. As for the beneficial apps not displaying up within the current apps overview, the blame might be laid at Huawei’s ft for not correctly integrating the launcher’s app drawer with the current apps overview.

Fast Settings

Though it’s a staple of Android, the Fast Settings panel is carried out in another way by principally each OEM. The Fast Settings icons in EMUI 9 are available three totally different flavors: a light-weight grey define for when a toggle is inaccessible (e.g. cellular knowledge when airplane mode is on), a darkish grey define when a toggle is accessible however presently turned off, and a light-weight blue define when a toggle is turned on. The background of the Fast Settings panel is white by default however could be black with both a customized theme or when the built-in darkish theme is enabled (extra particulars on that under.) The blue accent shade is straightforward on the eyes and works nicely with both the sunshine or darkish background, in order that was a sensible selection by Huawei.

When flattening the standing bar, 1 row of 5 icons are proven. Flattening even additional reveals as much as three rows of 5 icons every, for a complete of 15 complete Fast Setting tiles. Under the Fast Settings tiles is a brightness slider, although sadly there’s no shortcut to shortly toggle adaptive brightness (“auto-adjust” beneath Show settings.) To the highest left of the Fast Settings tiles are the time and date; tapping the time opens the alarm app whereas tapping the date opens the calendar app. To the proper is a consumer profile switcher, which when tapped, expands proper there right into a small “Consumer.” Like inventory Android 9 Pie, Fast Setting tiles can not be expanded, however no less than the consumer profile switcher can nonetheless be expanded. Subsequent to the profile switcher is the Fast Settings edit button which helps you to re-arrange tiles. I feel Huawei made a sensible transfer right here by making the editor a full-page exercise—that avoids fumbling whereas dragging icons round like on the Pixel. Lastly, to the very prime proper there’s a shortcut to the settings web page. No, you possibly can’t long-press the icon to point out the SystemUI Tuner.

Standing Bar

Most new Huawei and Honor smartphones have notched shows, so EMUI accommodates the lack of usable standing bar area by shifting some icons to the highest left. In contrast to Google’s Android Pie launch, EMUI 9 solely shifts community/connectivity-related standing bar icons like Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode, and Cellular Knowledge to the highest left. Underneath Show > Extra show settings, you can even add a community velocity widget to the standing bar in addition to the service identify (however why would you?) Notifications out of your apps are displayed on the left after any community icons, although this may be turned off totally or modified to solely show the variety of pending notifications (beneath Notifications > extra notification settings.)

Whereas hiding the service identify and shifting network-related icons to the left helps scale back the standing bar icon spam of EMUI eight and earlier, there’s nonetheless plenty of icons for lots of various features in your telephone. There’s an icon for when headphones are plugged in…which is completely pointless because it’s not telling you one thing you will not be conscious of. There’s an icon for knowledge saver mode, eye consolation mode, and high-performance mode. I really feel that customers can be higher served by having the Settings app warn customers when these choices are enabled; that is one thing that Google began doing in Android Pie and Huawei employs to some extent, however they don’t go far sufficient. If you wish to scale back the variety of icons your self, I like to recommend tinkering a bit with SystemUI Tuner by XDA Member Zacharee1.

The standing bar can simply get cluttered after you activate a couple of options.

SystemUI Tuner
SystemUI Tuner

Iconography

This row of icons exhibits the inconsistency in form between the inventory Huawei apps (Dialer and Digital camera) and Google apps (Messages and Chrome).

The icons are inconsistent in EMUI 9. Huawei apps are squares with rounded corners (technically not squircles, for the pedants on the market) whereas most different apps can be rounded as a consequence of conference (with uncommon exceptions just like the Google Analytics and ProtonMail apps.) There’s no rounded icon masks utilized system-wide, which is one thing that Huawei might have simply achieved since native help for this was added in Android 7.1 Nougat. Thankfully, Huawei made modifications to the iconography in EMUI 9.1, and themes can already change the icon pack to any form. They’ve made the icons much less cartoonish in EMUI 9.1, too.

Energy Menu & Quantity Bar

In inventory Android 9 Pie, the facility menu is proven as a bar on the right-hand aspect of the display, very similar to the quantity bar. Whereas EMUI 9’s quantity bar can also be proven on the right-hand aspect, the facility menu stays a full-screen dialog like in earlier variations of the software program. The background is blurred and the round buttons are centered, however the brand new “lockdown” choice in Android Pie may be proven in the event you allow “present lockdown button on energy off display.” Lockdown mode makes it so your telephone can solely be unlocked by getting into your telephone’s PIN/password.

 

Though EMUI 9’s quantity bar doesn’t look any totally different from its inventory Android counterpart, it misplaced the power to shortly change the media output system however gained the power to vary the ringer quantity with out getting into settings. For those who faucet on the icon on prime of the quantity bar sufficient occasions, you’ll ultimately see the media quantity bar cut up and present a bar for the ringer quantity.

Share Menu

One space the place I don’t thoughts Huawei’s modifications is the share menu. Android’s share menu is notoriously sluggish, made even worse by the direct share shortcuts that seem on prime. EMUI 9’s share menu pops up shortly as a result of it doesn’t allow you to create shortcuts. I’m unsure if Huawei modified the share algorithm like Google did in Android Q to hurry issues up, however EMUI’s share dialog has all the time been fast for me. The one draw back is that, with out shortcuts, it could actually take a number of left-and-right scrolls till you discover the shortcut you’re on the lookout for.


Themes

The most effective EMUI options can also be one among its oldest—themes. Themes allow you to change the lock display type, icon type, lock display wallpaper, residence display wallpaper, and font. You possibly can even combine and match these parts from totally different themes. When you gained’t magically rework your Honor View20 right into a Google Pixel three utilizing a theme, you’ll be able to a minimum of change the aforementioned parts to be extra Pixel-like. For instance, an “Android Q darkish theme” I downloaded modified the lock display clock to be centered, modified the font to Google Sans, made Settings and Fast Settings darkish, modified the wallpaper to a seashore wallpaper, and made all my app icons rounded.

Prime row: Default theme (Fairy Land) on my Huawei Mate 20 X operating EMUI 9. Backside row: Android Q Darkish theme.

The theme engine that Huawei offers is fairly highly effective, but sensibly restricted. Builders can construct customized themes and submit them to the Huawei Theme Retailer or publish the .hwt information on-line. Customers can obtain and set up themes from the Theme Retailer or place them in a /Theme folder which may then be imported within the Theme Retailer app. Themes could be constructed for a number of EMUI variations and typically older themes work on newer EMUI variations, however your mileage might range.

Pre-installed system apps from Huawei might be themed, as can the SystemUI, Settings, and framework. The “Android Q darkish theme” I discussed even made modifications like eliminating the road dividers in Settings to offer a extra Materials Theme-like look, and it additionally rounded the icons system-wide. With the theme engine, you possibly can even get a full, system-wide darkish mode through the use of a theme in case your gadget doesn’t have the built-in darkish mode choice. Nevertheless, be warned that many darkish themes gained’t modify all UI parts correctly, leading to some areas displaying black textual content on a black background.

Themes are constructed utilizing Huawei’s customized theme engine and never Sony’s Overlay Supervisor Service (OMS) which Google and Samsung have adopted. OMS is way extra highly effective than Huawei’s theme engine as a result of it permits builders to overlay any useful resource in an app—permitting for modifications like decreasing the navigation bar peak on Samsung units. Google by no means meant for customers to benefit from OMS, although, in order that they closed down entry to it in Android 9 Pie, and Samsung additionally appears to be limiting unapproved themes within the One UI replace. Thus, for a time Samsung and Google had superior theme engines, however each have since scaled again what builders can do with them so Huawei’s theme engine, which was all the time restricted, is now on par.


Darkish Mode

On some units, EMUI 9 has a system-wide darkish mode that provides a black background to the Settings, notification panel, quantity panel, and all inventory EMUI apps. The darkish mode might be enabled in Settings > Battery > Darken interface colours. You possibly can allow the darkish mode on the Huawei Mate 20 Professional and Huawei Mate 20 X, however not the Huawei Mate 20, Honor Magic 2, or Honor View20. Because the Honor Magic 2 has an OLED panel, I don’t assume having an OLED panel ensures that you simply’ll have the system-wide darkish mode in settings. Thankfully, customized themes may give you a system-wide darkish mode in the event you’re lacking it in your system.

Above: The default mild theme in EMUI 9. Under: The default darkish theme in EMUI 9.


Notch Hiding

Most smartphones from Huawei or Honor launched up to now yr have a notched show. I personally discover waterdrop notches tolerable, however for those who’re not a fan of the best way content material seems with the notch then you possibly can disguise the notch in show settings. In the event you go to Settings > Show > Extra show settings > Notch, you’ll be able to select to both present (default) or cover the notch. Hiding the notch darkens the complete standing bar space. You can too cover or present the notch on a per-app foundation in the event you assume one choice seems higher in sure apps. Lastly, regardless of its identify, the notch hiding additionally applies to the punch gap show of the Huawei Nova four and Honor View20.

Present or cover the notch/show gap – your selection.

That is an very simple function so as to add, so we will’t precisely reward Huawei for his or her ingenuity right here. If we’re evaluating the notch hiding function to Google, then we’ve got to provide the win to Huawei as a result of Google’s notch hiding answer pushes down all the standing bar space leading to a lack of usable display area. EMUI 9’s answer can also be higher than OxygenOS’ because the latter doesn’t help you cover the notch on a per-app foundation. Even our personal Nacho Notch app doesn’t supply that function. Including per-app notch hiding is such a easy function that I’m stunned different smartphone makers haven’t carried out it but.

Per-app notch hiding settings


Full-screen Settings

Two years in the past, we complained concerning the LG G6‘s 18:9 show due to the poor consumer expertise. Because the LG G6, dozens of smartphones have launched with 18:9 shows. App builders have had a very long time to replace their apps to reap the benefits of bigger facet ratios, and most apps on Google Play will look simply positive in your system. Nevertheless, there are nonetheless a number of apps, principally older apps that haven’t been up to date shortly, that depart a niche on the backside as a result of they haven’t been optimized for 18:9 shows.

In the event you run into any of those apps, EMUI 9 provides you the choice to relaunch the app in “full-screen show” mode. A button will briefly seem on the underside of the display (or on the best aspect should you’re in panorama mode) that allows you to allow show compatibility for the app. In case you miss the button the primary time, you’ll be able to merely relaunch the app to see it once more. In any other case, you possibly can management which apps have had “full-screen show” pressured on them by going to Settings > Show > Extra show settings > Full-screen show. Generally, I like to recommend you allow this mode for any apps that don’t show appropriately. The function warns you that some apps might show incorrectly with it enabled, however I haven’t had any points forcing show compatibility for the few older apps that I nonetheless use.


Lock Display/All the time on Show

EMUI 9’s lock display will not be as aesthetically pleasing as inventory Android’s, nevertheless it’s much more practical. I feel the default widget that exhibits the digital clock, step counter, and present date seems to be dated, however customized themes can simply change the widget’s look.

Throughout media playback, the lock display exhibits you buttons to toggle play/pause, skip to the earlier monitor, or skip to the subsequent monitor. The duvet artwork is proven in a circle within the center with the music’s title and artist proper above it. The background exhibits a blurred, zoomed in model of the duvet artwork. When there are not any new unread notifications, the media widget is giant and centered on the lock display. Then again, if you do have new notifications, the media widget is shrunk and moved to the highest proper of the display.

Relying in your choice, notifications could be hidden from the lock display completely, disguise solely the contents of the message, or proven of their entirety. For those who select to not disguise notifications, they may stack vertically in the midst of the display, ranging from the newest taking place to the oldest. You’ll be able to double faucet on any of the notification(s) to increase its contents. If the telephone hasn’t been unlocked but, then it’ll ask you to unlock your telephone earlier than displaying you the notification on prime of no matter app you have been in earlier than locking the telephone. In the event you’ve unlocked your telephone with face unlock, then the notification stack will transfer to the highest of the display with out unlocking the telephone to the house display or no matter app you have been beforehand in. Like iOS, EMUI 9 has an choice to cover the notification content material till your face has been acknowledged by face unlock. Establishing an equal function in OxygenOS requires using an Xposed Module, so I’m glad that Huawei borrowed the function from Apple so we don’t need to tinker with the framework ourselves (which is unattainable to do anyway).

A neat safety function within the EMUI lock display is the restriction on accessing the Fast Settings panel. The Android software program on Google Pixel and OnePlus smartphones enables you to pull down the standing bar and toggle community settings like WiFi, cellular knowledge, and Bluetooth even when the telephone continues to be locked. In EMUI, you need to first unlock the telephone earlier than you’ll be able to entry the Fast Settings panel. That is truly fairly new conduct for EMUI because it wasn’t round in EMUI 5 based mostly on Android Nougat. In truth, I made an app to cover delicate Fast Setting tiles on my Huawei Mate 9, however that is not wanted.

EMUI nonetheless enables you to entry sure features whereas the display is locked, although. By pulling up from the underside proper edge, you achieve quick entry to the digital camera app, letting you’re taking footage or movies, however proscribing entry to the gallery till you unlock the telephone. In case you pull up from the underside left or center edge, you get entry to 2 rows of buttons. The buttons within the first row, from left to proper, carry out the next actions when tapped: locks the present lock display wallpaper so it doesn’t change, removes the present lock display wallpaper from the cycle, saves the present wallpaper to your gallery, opens the share menu to share the present wallpaper, and lastly opens the journal unlock settings (extra on that under.) The buttons within the second row, from left to proper, carry out the next actions when tapped: launch the sound recorder, toggle the flashlight, launch the calculator app, launch the clock app, and lastly launch HiVision. Launching the sound recorder, toggling the flashlight, launching the calculator, and launching the clock to see the timer, stopwatch, or world clock don’t require unlocking the telephone, although accessing the alarms within the clock app or launching HiVision would require you to unlock the telephone.

For these of you who like to frequently change wallpapers, you’ll benefit from the built-in wallpaper cycler in EMUI 9/Magic UI 2. The function known as “Journal Unlock” and it exhibits a special picture on the lock display every time you flip the display on. You’ll be able to both “subscribe” to certainly one of Huawei’s curated choices of wallpapers or you possibly can construct your personal album to cycle via. Third-party apps like Muzei or 500 Firepaper supply much more customization, however I wish to maintain the variety of apps I set up to a minimal so I want first-party options. When you flip in your telephone and also you don’t like what you see, you possibly can manually change the present lock display wallpaper by swiping left or proper. This cycles the lock display wallpaper by way of the journal(s) you’ve subscribed to.

For those who personal a Huawei Mate 10 Professional, Huawei P20 Professional, Huawei Mate 20 Professional, or Huawei Mate 20 X, you possibly can allow the All the time on Show in Settings > Residence display & wallpaper. You possibly can both select to point out the All the time on Show always or set a day by day schedule. In contrast to the opposite features of the lock display, Huawei doesn’t supply any kind of customization of the All the time on Show. The All the time on Show widget can solely present you the date, time, and battery degree. Not even notification icons are proven on the All the time on Show, although this has been modified in EMUI 9.1. The textual content is all the time white, although it does transfer round from time to time to stop burn-in. Since there’s no double-tap-to-wake function, it’s a must to both raise the telephone or press the facility button to transition from the All the time on Show to the lock display.

General, EMUI 9’s All the time on Show is a disappointment when in comparison with what Samsung provides. Samsung allows you to add GIFs, customized wallpapers, and clock types. Even Google’s model is extra helpful as a result of it exhibits your notifications and the Now Enjoying widget.

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