Huawei EMUI 11 Review – Features and Update Roadmap

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Huawei EMUI 11

Huawei’s new EMUI 11 brings with its smoother animation effects superior to the EMUI 10. The Huawei EMUI 11 comes with features like Multi-screen collaboration, an AI subtitle that offers real-time English, Japanese and Korean to Chinese translation. There is also a platform-wide translation support that enables text- and image-based translations.  

The new version of EMUI also uses the core structure of Huawei’s HarmonyOS that would help the company eventually move from the Android to its proprietary offering that is made from scratch. EMUI 11 lacks Google Mobile Services that offer Google Play and other apps of the search giant.  

New Features

Floating Window: New floating windows keep all of your items accessible, while helping you maintain focus on the task on hand. Switch between apps, change the layout, or move windows to an App Bubble for later use. Open a floating window to reply to a message without interrupting your task.

Floating Window

Smooth Switching: Access apps from the app dock, and shrink them into an unobtrusive App Bubble, to shift from app to app with newfound ease.

Smooth Switching

Resizable Windows: Adjust the relative size and position of floating windows, to arrange tasks to your liking, while enjoying an unobscured view. 

Resizable Windows

Multi-screen Collaboration (Multi-tasking Master): The latest-generation Multi-screen Collaboration displays multiple phone apps at a time on your PC, taking multi-tasking to a whole new level. Whether it’s comparison shopping on different e-commerce platforms, or watching a video while commenting in a chat group, you can now fit your busy life onto a single screen.

Multi-screen Collaboration (Multi-tasking Master)

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Story Creator: Give your video footage a personal touch, by applying cinematic templates, distinctive transitions, and stirring background music — to breathe new life into priceless memories, unforgettable journeys, and important events.

Story Creator

Super Notepad (Scan, Extract, ⁠and Share): See some text you need to share? In the new and improved, AI-powered Notepad, you can now do so on just a whim. Simply scan the image to extract the text, and have it converted into a dedicated file.

Super Notepad (Scan, Extract, ⁠and Share)
Super Notepad (Scan, Extract, ⁠and Share)

Motion Predict Engine (So Fluid, You Can Feel the Difference): An innovative motion prediction engine works with cutting-edge GPU Turbo technology to enhance game fluidity and power efficiency, especially for high FPS gaming, helping you stay ahead of the curve — and the competition! 

Motion Predict Engine (So Fluid, You Can Feel the Difference)

Huawei EMUI 11 Roadmap

Huawei has released the roadmap for EMUI 11 rollout in different regions. The new software was unveiled in September, and now handset and region-specific rollout has been detailed. For instance, the company confirms that Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Huawei Mate 30 Pro phones in India will receive the EMUI 11 update in Q1 2021. Similarly, it has released roadmaps for different handsets in regions like Middle East Africa, Russia, Japan, Latin America, Asia Pacific, West Europe, and even North East Europe.  

Huawei has confirmed the open market rollout for EMUI 11 in the above-mentioned regions. The company notes that this does not include carrier-locked models. The Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, Huawei P40 Pro+, Huawei Mate 30 Pro, Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G will receive the EMUI 11 update starting December this year, in regions like Middle East Africa, Russia, Asia Pacific, West Europe, and North East Europe. Latin American users will receive the update on these handsets in January next year. Huawei Mate 30 Pro models in India will receive the update in Q1 2021.  

Similarly, the Huawei Mate Xs will receive the EMUI 11 update in January next year in regions like Middle East Africa, Russia, Asia Pacific, West Europe, North East Europe, and Latin America. Other handsets in the Huawei Mate 30 range, Huawei P30 range, and even the Huawei Mate 20 range will receive the latest EMUI 11 updates sometime in Q1 2020.  

Below are the full roadmaps Schedules for each region to receive the new EMUI 11 updates.  

Please notice this update roadmap announcement is for phone models on the open market only. If you are using a carrier’s model, please refer to your carrier’s update plan.

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The Final Verdict  

Huawei’s EMUI 11 beta feels like a flat improvement to the older operating system. With both major and minor tweaks to apps and performance, it seems like Huawei is continuing its mission to show the world that a Google-based operating system isn’t a requirement for an Android phone.

Having said that, it’s still an upward battle as while EMUI has been improved in every facet, it’s still not a comfortable system for folks used to Google to sink into. This could have been an excellent opportunity for Huawei to go all in on onboarding users not in the know, yet EMUI feels like it was designed to cater to users already in on Huawei’s ecosystem, a market that the company shouldn’t really be focusing on when so many people still need to be convinced that its devices function at a similar standard to other smartphone brands. 

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