Huawei has announced a major update to its proprietary EMUI Android shell for smartphones and tablets. This came as a surprise, because there were no leaks prior to this announcement, and judging by the hints and threats, Huawei wanted to stop using Android in its smartphones altogether and focus on its own operating system, HarmonyOS.
In EMUI 12, the interface has been significantly redesigned, many of its elements, as well as built-in applications and settings. In addition to the usual light and dark theme, there is another one – blue. You can now unlock your smartphone by holding it to your Huawei smart watch or laptop.
The control panel, which opens by swiping down from the top of the screen, has also undergone changes. Now it is a utility with a player, screen brightness settings and quick access to disable and enable various functions. The Huawei ecosystem has separate capabilities in the Device + section, including for quick pairing with wireless headphones and connecting to a TV or laptop. EMUI 12 also contains an updated MeeTime video chat application. One of the innovations in it was the ability to quickly switch from smartphone to TV and vice versa without interrupting the conversation. This tight integration of services is not found on the devices of Huawei’s competitors, including Samsung, Xiaomi and Apple.