Huawei has officially announced the new EMUI 11 at its Developer Conference 2020. It packs some great features, visual changes, new animation, and optimizations under the hood. But contrary to its name, it is not based on the latest Android 11 operating system.

The multi-window and split-screen features are the most noticeable highlights you will find in the EMUI 11. To get more familiar with it, both features are now in the center rather than being tucked deep in the menu. The Smart Multi-Window sidebar has a dedicated gesture to launch it out, so it can be summoned whichever app you are. A small side window opens with your commonly used applications, which you can drag and drop to start multi-tasking. The windows can be resized any way you like it.

There are some new customization options on the EMUI 11 always-on screen, which also have new styles and animations. There is also an option for choosing pictures from the gallery, which the system can appropriately convert into a color palette.

The animations were optimized for high refresh rate screens and it can be noticed in the user interface. Huawei said it spent precious hours of research on how users perceive transition and animations as well as where eyes wander over the screen during navigation. With the data, the company was able to optimize EMUI 11 to look faster and smoother.


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With the new multi-screen collaboration 3.0, you may now control up to 3 Android apps using your PC. This is similar to Microsoft’s Your Phone app and Samsung’s DeX.

The system apps also come with modest improvements and improved permissions. A status bar icon will alert you if an app on the background is accessing your device’s camera, GPS, or microphone.


From now on, all new Huawei phones will have EMUI 11 pre-installed. The software’s final version is expected to hit the P40 and Mate 30 series soon.

Due to the ongoing trade ban, the Android 11-based iteration will be delayed. Since Huawei did not have quick access to the source code of Android 11, the company just had a few days since Google’s recent release of its latest operating system.

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