The latest flagship smartphone Huawei Mate Mate 20 and 20 Pro, out of the box operating on Android 9.0 Pie with a new version of the proprietary interface (press releases proudly call it “OS”) EMUI 9.0.

In December, Huawei announced that it will begin to send update with the same version presented in the spring of 2018 flagships, P20 and P20 Pro. In this article we’ll show you what’s new in 9.0 EMUI and what innovations should be ready buyers of the smartphone innovations of Chinese companies.

EMUI 9.0: gestures instead of buttons

Perhaps the most visible (although disabled by default) new feature EMUI — a smartphone with swipe. Interface mechanics, first appeared in smartphones on Palm webOS in 2009-m year, in 2017, borrowed Apple for iPhone X, and 9-th version get and to Android, no longer seems unusual.

Swipe from the bottom — go to the Home screen, it is the same, but followed by holding the finger on the screen — “carousel” multitasking with cards apps that you can delete by swiping up or fix the swipe down, swipe from any edge to the center — replacing the “back”button.

Unfortunately, there is no return to the previous app horizontal swipe at the bottom of the screen, like in iOS, no for this and other gestures (like double tap on the multitasking button in some Android shells). Having to work through menu multi-tasking, and added extra step. Also in Android 9.0, you can invoke the application menu by double swipe up the length of the virtual Home button. In EMUI this menu you can activate in settings (default apps like in iOS, fill one after the other home screens), but gesture for him fast just a special button like in older versions of Android.

But there are gestures from the bottom corners of the screen. Swipe diagonally to the middle — and the screen will “shrink”, so it was convenient to get to any interface element with the thumb. Swipe up — start Assistant Google. The latter, incidentally, works on EMUI 9 without problems, but to unlock the phone through voice recognition — proposed Assistant function FOR Huawei does not work. The assistant is activated, but to respond to your request, you must first unlock the phone by code or biometrics.

EMUI 9.0: performance and comfort

Hardworking creators EMUI somehow calculated that the shell increases by 12.9% overall performance and speeds up the startup programs. In addition, the new algorithm improves the sensitivity of the touch screen and reduces the reaction time by 36%. However, a couple of days protestirovat one of the first non-flagship devices Hauwei with “nine”, the smart phone Smart P 2019, I noticed that the weaker than Kirin 980, the processor 710 Kirin sometimes does not allow animations to be as smooth as the Mate 20.

GPU Turbo updated to EMUI 9.0 to the second version and is now able to make the gameplay in many popular games, including Mobile PUBG, NBA 2018 or Vainglory, smoother. This is achieved through based on neural network algorithms “predictions” especially demanding on the hardware of the smartphone scenes in games — mobile pre-loads the needed resources to the critical moment of the game had no lag.

To further improve user experience from the new shell, Huawei has redesigned the interface in many embedded applications place buttons to navigate to the main sections in them at the bottom of the screen — so to them, you can easily reach with your thumb, holding the smartphone with one hand. In tinctures the number of menu items decreased by 10%, some sections were combined, and rarely used items in each of the sections hid behind the link “Other settings”.

EMUI 9.0: incomplete “pie” with “gifts of nature”

Many elements 9.0 Android Pie (“Pie”) successfully migrated to 9.0 EMUI unchanged. For example, the indicator of the volume: it is now vertical and placed at the right edge of the screen, right next to the control buttons. Horizontal “carousel” of card apps in multitasking — also from Gorlovskogo interface.

But not, for example, App Actions — using artificial intelligence algorithms of the service, offering the user depending on the time of day, location, and other context one-click to use a particular function of the application. On smartphones Pixel tips App Actions appear in the applications menu. No Slices — similar functions, offering standard solutions within the application. For example, you type in the search “Uber” and the smartphone, in addition to links to the application immediately shows the labels for the taxi home or to work with the estimated value.

In marketing a new shell Huawei representatives emphasize how it is integrated visual and acoustic “natural” elements. In fact, under this guise, the user gets a few ringtones and sounds for alarm that do not begin with music (research has long shown that a sudden and loud sounds of the alarm cause unnecessary stress), and gently with birdsong. I honestly expected that such calls will be more, and they are more diverse. How about at least of lapping waves and rustling leaves? Also under “natural” theme adapted a Wallpaper.

To select the design according to your taste in EMUI 9.0 is used the same as in previous versions, the application “Themes”. The numbers are there “themes” (a combination of Wallpaper, icons, and, sometimes, modified interface of lock screen) is amazing. Equally amazing and shortage of designs, more or less corresponding to the views of the representative of European culture about how it should look aesthetically pleasing and does not impede the use of the smartphone interface. Most of the options are not particularly ergonomic: tacky icons are forced to read the captions underneath to understand what kind of application is behind them, or even get lost on the background of the Wallpaper. The default theme in contrast with the alternative themes at once begins to look like a winner.

Trying to find something even remotely resemble stock Android (and therefore, blends well with the design of most modern applications for the platform), has been a relative success: there was one (ONE!) theme with circular icons in the style of the Google Pixel, called MaterialOS. Unfortunately, to install third-party icon sets (which are in Google Play car and small truck), shell Huawei does not allow. Well, at least the Wallpaper in the latest version of EMUI beautiful, animated by default, only two options, but a couple dozen available for download in the embedded store.

EMUI 9.0: balance and safety

After iOS and Android Pie in EMUI 9.0 has the possibility of monitoring the time a user spends on apps in the smartphone. The function “Digital balance” allows you to see how much time an application spent, how often you unlock your smartphone, as well as set time limits for individual apps or groups (“media”, “social”). When the time you set expires, it will be like in iOS, the ability in one click to give yourself some credit, extending the limit to 15 minutes or even abolishing the limit for today. Another approach is when to remove the lock time can be only by going to settings — requires you to make the right decision less effort and, therefore, would be more effective.

To configure means EMUI 9.0 limit screen time for other devices — for example, if your child uses the tablet — it is impossible, even if the other device Huawei released. In iOS 12 this possibility is built into the function of “Screen time”, but on Android you can use the Google application Family Link.

In the category of “digital prosperity” (digital wellbeing) is the function “bedtime”. In a given period of time, the brightness of the screen of a smartphone will decrease, the image becomes black and white, but if you want you can even block the work of all applications except “Phone” and “Messages”.

Another useful feature introduced in EMUI following OSes Apple and Google — safe built-in password vault. It allows users to securely store identifiers and credentials for different applications and services. All data is encrypted and do not leave the internal memory of the smartphone, allowing you to use the autocomplete feature without the risk of leakage of personal information.

EMUI or anything…

Malozamechennyj was about a week ago news: Huawei, according to Gizmochina, announced on the official Internet forum: in the latest build of EMUI blocked from installing third-party launchers. Is it only on Chinese version regular, or international too — is unclear.

The motivation for the decision is in the spirit of modern China, is building a digital autocracy, saying that users install which got the launchers from Google Play, they inhibit the smartphones, cause a system error at every opportunity to show ads to, and guilty in the eyes of owners of the apparatuses is Huawei. Ought the poor, needy, illiterate users from this scourge to protect! Do not go here, go there: same build, with a song about love for the Motherland.

The explanation does not hold: if the user even knows what a third-party launcher, I think that he is able to guess: sudden problems with your smartphone related software installed, and not a device as such. It is also unlikely that the described issues are the top launchers in Google Play like Nova, Evie, Microsoft Launcher, and the number of installations and is stuffed with Handicrafts from “I’m at mom’s programmers” hardly big enough to generate shaft of complaints to Huawei. I think someone is just afraid of competition, instead of to strain and even just copy the best features of third-party shells.

While the ban on the use of third-party launchers I found on the test Huawei Mate 20, using a version of EMUI 9.0.0.146, these apps work almost without problems. “Almost” — because many existing widgets to use Huawei does not work. For example, a weather widget, when trying to define a location causes a failure in the launcher, accompanying his recommendation that “bad” launcher not to use it.

I’d love to have news about the upcoming total ban on modification of interface third-party apps into Huawei played in the style of “have it wrong”. The ability to change the interface and its mechanics on your own — one of the key advantages of Android, so to limit it, to put it mildly, shortsighted. Then you are not a neatly manicured walled garden of iOS, where users have initially used to the dictates of Apple.

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