Huawei’s EMUI 11 features and supported device list

EMUI 11 is the latest mobile OS offering from Huawei and brings features such as multi-window multi-tasking, multi-device collaboration, multi-device browsing, new smart features, and more (via HC).

Here are the features of the EMUI 11:

Artistic Always on Display (AOD):

One of the biggest optimizations in the EMUI 11 software system includes the new artistic Always-on Display (AOD). The new AOD lets users customize their screen with a personal flair by using modern art, which is inspired by the work of the renowned painter Piet Mondrian.



The new AOD adopts a new primary color pallet of red, yellow, and blue. Users also have options to create their own color scheme and coordinate the AOD color palette with their own photos.

For instance, users can match the color of AOD with their outfits by capture a picture of their clothing. After that, the AI algorithms will extract the color of the image and generate a matching palate for the AOD.

Improved Multi-Window Multitasking:

Introduced in EMUI 10.1, Multi-Window mode allows you to multitask with ease in Split-screen mode, and send messages using a floating window while watching videos or playing games.

Users just have to swipe in from the left or right edge of the screen and pause to display the Multi-Window dock. Hold an app icon in the dock and drag it to the side of the screen to enter a split-screen view, or touch an app icon to display it in a floating window.

With EMUI 11, Huawei has now added a new floating window option that opens a certain app with its own window and once minimized, it transforms into a floating bubble on the screen and users can tap on the bubble to reopen that app. Also, the floating window features can be used for an instant reply interface.

Animation Human Factors:

Compared to its predecessor, EMUI 11 brings new and smoother animation based on the new “human factors-based” user experience (UX) design. This improves the transition and UI interaction for better optimizations and improved user experience.

Furthermore, New long-take transition animation, inspired by their technique in the field of cinematography. According to Huawei, compared to regular transitions, long-take transitions effectively shorten user eye movement and lessen fatigue while improving recognition efficiency.

The new transition effects can be seen on some of the system apps including Calendar, Gallery, and video apps.

Live notification icons and switches:

In EMUI 11, Huawei has taken care of subtle UI elements such as notification panel icon toggle or switches. Once a user taps on the icon, the user sees feedback as a live animation.

Improved Multi-screen collaboration:

Based on HarmonyOS’ distributed technology, Multi-Screen Collaboration has revolutionized multi-tasking throughout different devices.

Adding new functionality of this feature, Multi-Screen Collaboration now supports up to three active windows. For example, users can use the first window to watch the stream, the second window for a note-taking app, and discuss matters with fellow classmates on the third.

Moreover, Multi-Screen Collaboration also enables better synchronization between PCs and tablets. Once connected, the tablet can now act as an external webcam or second screen for the PC, while the PC can share its input peripherals with the tablet.

Documents saved on the PC can be edited directly through the tablet, either with touch inputs or a stylus for illustrations. In a business meeting, users can easily mark-up presentation slides as they are needed to help them explain their thoughts or use the second screen to look-up additional information to facilitate discussions.

Super Notepad:

The Notepad app has received a new UI in EMUI 10 and with EMUI 11, Huawei has focused on this note-taking app, making it “Super NotePad”. Notepad now supports editing notes simultaneously from multiple Huawei devices.

Such as, you can insert a photo from your phone to the note being edited on your tablet. Also, users can now quickly identify and extract text from images or documents, edit the text, and then export and share it.

Security and Permissions:

EMUI 11 comes with new security standards and privacy features. When transferring images, users can easily purge the file of all sensitive personal data such as location, time, and device details before it is sent. Encrypted memos also keep personal notes personal by securing the content with a PIN or biometric lock.

Adding a new layer of privacy features for the consumers including the new notification icon that appears whenever a foreground app accesses your device’s location, storage, microphone, or camera.

Huawei has now prohibited apps from using microphone and camera permission and now it has removed the option of always allow. Users can also check their complete history allowed permission.

AI Subtitles:

One of the newest features that were introduced in the EMUI 11 and currently remain exclusive to the Chinese consumers called AI Subtitles. With this feature, users can browse articles or pictures in different languages and translate the words or paragraphs by selecting them.

EMUI 11 supported device list:

At the HDC, the company also announced the EMUI 11 beta program. Here are the Huawei devices that are eligible for the EMUI 11 beta.

  1. HUAWEI P40 Pro+
  2. HUAWEI P40 Pro
  3. HUAWEI P40
  4. HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G
  5. HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro
  6. HUAWEI Mate 30 5G
  7. HUAWEI Mate 30
  9. HUAWEI MatePad Pro
  10. HUAWEI MatePad Pro 5G
  11. Honor 30
  12. Honor V30
  13. HUAWEI nova 6

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