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Huawei has announced EMUI 11

Comes with new art-inspired features

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Just as Google has finally launched Android 11, Huawei has announced EMUI 11 today. As expected, Huawei’s new mobile operating system promises heaps of new features for Huawei users. More importantly, using artistic concepts, EMUI 11 will help you become more creative.

Always-On Display

Arguably, one of the best features in EMUI 11 is the new Always-On Display (AOD). However, Huawei’s take on the much-anticipated feature goes beyond just keeping your screen awake. The EMUI 11’s AOD actually takes inspiration from renowned painter Piet Mondrian. As with the artist’s famous paintings, the AOD uses a primary palette of red, yellow, and blue.

Users can select their own variations by taking a photo of their daily outfits. Huawei’s AI will analyze the photos and create their own complementary Mondrian variations.

Film-inspired transitions

Speaking of artistic inspiration, EMUI 11 is also using cinematography techniques to develop more efficient transition animations for the system. Instead of the usual slew of transitions, it uses the long-take method which, according to Huawei, shortens user eye movement and lessens fatigue.

Better screen collaboration

Faced with a new world build for multitasking, EMUI 11 is improving its Multi-Screen Collaboration feature. Now, devices can support up to three active windows at the same time. Huawei cites its advantages for students: one screen for Zoom; another for notetaking; and a third for chatting with classmates.

Further, the feature will also allow seamless integration between PCs, tablets, and phones. Using the feature, PCs can use tablets and phones as secondary input/output devices. For example, students can use their phones as makeshift webcams. Presenters can also use their tablets to help facilitate discussions and presentations.

World-class security

Of course, one of the biggest concerns surrounding Huawei today is cybersecurity. With EMUI 11, Huawei is committing to more secure solutions going forward. The system has successfully obtained the highest level of CC EAL5 +, the highest commercial OS microkernel security level in the world. The system also complies with current security standards including Europe’s GDPR and GAPP.

Also, EMUI 11 has better encryption features, allowing users to purge sensitive information from sent files and emails.

Availability

Currently, Huawei has announced the EMUI 11 beta program for the following models: Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, Huawei P40 Pro+, Huawei Mate 30, Huawei Mate 30 5G, Huawei Mate 30 Pro, Huawei, Mate 30 Pro 5G, Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Design, Huawei MatePad Pro, and Huawei MatePad Pro 5G.

At a later date, Huawei will extend the program to the Honor 30, Honor V30, Huawei nova 7, and other models.

SEE ALSO: These Huawei and Honor phones will get EMUI 11

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A Nokia tablet is coming soon

Confirmed for October

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Since its resurrection years ago, Nokia has found its footing in the modern smartphone industry. The company has created a niche of smartphones for all markets. Amid their success, they are looking to expand even further. Nokia has confirmed that a Nokia tablet is coming.

Nokia’s official Twitter account posted an account directly confirming the tablet’s launch. The teaser even includes a photo and an official debut date. The included photo shows that the upcoming tablet is roughly more than twice the height of a Nokia 3310. As for the date, the tablet is making its official debut on October 6.

According to past rumors, the tablet will be called the Nokia T20. It will allegedly have a 10.36-inch LCD screen. It will reportedly sport a Unisoc chipset. Though the processor is still a variable at this point, the Nokia T20 has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Given the tablet’s timeframe, it can either come in Android 11 or 12 out of the box.

Of note, this isn’t Nokia’s first foray into the tablet industry. Back in 2015, the company tried to get into the market with the Nokia N1. However, at a notable high for the tablet industry, the N1 never rose above the ranks. With the upcoming Nokia T20, the company wants to try again but with a better history behind it this time.

SEE ALSO: Nokia XR20: Rugged smartphone with 4 years of updates

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Xiaomi blacklists “Samsung” and other terms from its phones [UPDATED]

But there’s a reason why

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Throughout the past few years, Chinese smartphones have received a lot of flak for its ties to geopolitical issues. Both Huawei and ZTE have already suffered through bans from the American government. Naturally, Xiaomi is in a similar boat. Unfortunately, because of a new research report, things might get worse before they get better.

According to a report published by the National Cyber Security Centre in Lithuania, Xiaomi’s smartphones automatically download a list of terms that they blacklist. The list includes sketchy terms like “China,” “Taiwan Solidarity Union,” and other geopolitical terms. Obviously, including China-related terms can cause a bit of alarm for users elsewhere. However, the blacklist might have uses outside of the obvious.

Spotted by XDA Developers, Xiaomi uses the list for advertising purposes. Besides the China-related terms, the list also includes its brand rivals like “Samsung” and “ZTE.” It also includes pornography and piracy terms. Most ironically, the list also blocks its own smartphone models. The publication spotted that the blacklist is used solely by the smartphone’s advertising platform. Which does make sense now.

The list is designed to block out ads from competing companies and its own (which makes sense since someone who owns a Xiaomi phone probably doesn’t need to see a Xiaomi ad anymore). Blocking pornographic and piracy-supporting ads also makes sense. The China-related terms remain problematic, but there is no indication that Xiaomi uses the list for anything other than advertising.

Further, Xiaomi should activate the filter manually. The automatic download doesn’t automatically mean that the phone is censored. That said, there is still a possibility that Xiaomi can use the filter for more geopolitical reasons. At the very least, current reports don’t point toward that for now.

Editor’s Note: Xiaomi, on Sept 28, sent GadgetMatch the statement below

“Xiaomi’s devices do not censor communications to or from its users. Xiaomi has never and will never restrict or block any personal behaviors of our smartphone users, such as searching, calling, web browsing or the use of third-party communication software. Xiaomi fully respects and protects the legal rights of all users. Xiaomi complies with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).”

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi 11T series focuses on mobile filmmaking


The article was originally published on September 24, 2021.

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Galaxy S22 Ultra will look like a Galaxy Note phone

Based on a new render

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The Galaxy Note series is in a state of limbo. After the rise of the brand’s foldable phones, Samsung toned down on the iconic Note series. The brand hasn’t even launched a new entry yet – if it even is launching one this year. If you’re a fan of the series, there’s still hope. Based on new renders, the upcoming Galaxy S22 Ultra will look remarkably similar to the Galaxy Note series.

Rendered by Steve Hemmerstoffer and Digit.in based on currently known leaks, the upcoming premium smartphone will reportedly have a built-in dock for the S Pen. Of course, the series had already received stylus support, but the Galaxy S21 series never had a dock for the pen.

Additionally, the renders show a quad rear camera setup much like the previous series. However, the layout does look a bit different from its predecessors. Either way, the upcoming flagship has a hint of familiarity for those more used to the Galaxy Note series.

Unfortunately, the render doesn’t show how the S Pen will look like. For the past few iterations, Samsung did confirm that more optimized S Pens are coming for different devices.

In other details, the renders also show that the headphone jack is here to stay.

Right now, it’s still early to tell if the renders are what the real deal will look like. A lot can still happen between now and the projected launch window in January.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 review: Do-It-All device

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