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EMUI 10: Three features for a more intelligent system

An intelligent system for a smarter life

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The recently held Huawei Developer Conference showed the world where Huawei is heading with its hardware and software. In terms of software, Huawei announced the latest iteration of its popular take on Android, the EMUI 10.

With EMUI 10, Huawei is developing a more intelligent system. The new UI is ready to tackle the needs that everyday users demand from their smartphones. Here are three features which make it a more intelligent system.

Dark mode, UI additions

EMUI 10 adds a system-wide dark mode that can be toggled in the settings. With the addition of dark mode, Huawei is following suit after Apple and Google which also introduced a system-wide dark mode. With dark mode activated, background is rendered black or dark grey while text and other content are rendered in white to make it legible. Aside from this, EMUI 10 also has a “forced” dark mode where third-party apps are forced to render contents in dark mode.

There will also be slight tweaks with the icons and UI elements and a new system-wide font. Plus, expect plenty of performance improvements along with AI and gaming related tweaks.

Distributed technologies

With EMUI 10, Huawei is also focusing on always connected smart devices. Video calls can now be shared between multiple devices. These would let users receive calls from their smartphones and continue with their smart TV, a drone, or other smart devices.

EMUI 10 is also adding a screen sharing feature. With the feature, users can display the screens of their Huawei smartphones to their PCs in real time. Such feature would allow for a real time drag-and-drop operation which is useful when working with lots of data.

All of these features would enable Huawei’s vision for distributed technologies, as it seeks to expand its ecosystem beyond smartphones.

Huawei is also making sure that its distributed technologies are secure. The company uses its own in-house hardware and software, as well as a chip system architecture and system kernel as foundation for its security. Only devices authenticated by the user can connect to other devices, and all data transmissions are encrypted end-to-end.

One time development for multi-device deployment

To streamline the app development process, EMUI is providing a UI programming framework which would enable developers to create an app that can run on any device. The framework would free developers from the problem of adapting their apps to multiple languages and devices.

EMUI 10 is proving to be an exciting iteration of the popular EMUI. On top of that, EMUI 10 will also bring Android Q to many Huawei users. More exciting features are on the horizon as the UI, in its current form, is still in beta phase.

EMUI 10 will be released first on the next generation of Mate series. Then after, it will be released to devices such as the P30 Pro, P30, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20X, Mate 20, the Honor 20 series and the Honor Magic 2. The update might also arrive to these devices: Honor View 20, Honor 10 Lite, Honor Play, and Honor 8X.

EMUI is Huawei’s custom OS based on Android. While EMUI is fundamentally based on Android, it has evolved over the years to include features that are not on Android itself. Today, EMUI has more than 500 million daily active users in over 216 countries. This is a clear indication of how EMUI has grown ever since its introduction to the world in 2012.

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Instagram has started borrowing features from TikTok

Instagram is looking out for inspiration

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A couple of years back, Instagram and Snapchat were involved in a brutal face-off, each wanting supremacy over the other. Thanks to Snapchat, Stories are now an integral part of not only Instagram but also Facebook and WhatsApp.

In 2019, Snapchat is no longer viewed as a threat to Instagram. A new kid on the block is challenging the status quo — TikTok. Instagram launched a new video editing tool in Brazil that copies some of the best-known features of TikTok.

Dubbed Reels, it lets you create “15-second video clips set to music and share them as Stories,” which can be shared wider via a new “Top Reels” section on the Explore page.

Per a recent tweet from engineer Jane Manchun Wong, this new tool will also let you remix other users’ Scenes if their account is public. Reels is launching today on iOS and Android but is limited to Brazil for now.

 

It’s safe to assume that Instagram is piloting the new feature because a release timeline for other regions isn’t available yet.

Instagram also has IGTV that is essentially a YouTube rival. However, short videos have been the main forte of TikTok and since the death of Vine, there has been a vacuum in this segment. With healthy funding from its Chinese parent Bytedance, TikTok has enough firepower to take on the Facebook-owned app.

In a leaked audio recording, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also expressed concerns about TikTok’s growth and dominance in certain market. He said that the Chinese company has “married short-form, immersive video with browse. So it’s almost like the ‘Explore Tab’ that we have on Instagram, which is today primarily about feed posts and highlighting different feed posts.”

Instagram previously launched a dedicated video sharing app called Lasso but failed to migrate users over from the primary app. Incorporating similar features in the Instagram app is the best way to ensure users get on board.

 

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Google Chrome will add ‘slow’ badges to shame slow websites

In an effort to optimize the internet

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Don’t you just hate slow websites? Unfortunately, despite the advance of technology, some sites are still stuck in the early 2000s. As if our data caps weren’t bad enough, some sites want to keep us waiting for ages.

To combat this inconvenience, Google is trying out a few new features for its browser, Google Chrome. One of these suggestions is a badge affixed to websites that load way too slowly.

Ideally, Google’s algorithm will aggregate a website’s loading times. If the said site doesn’t pass Google’s standards, Chrome will affix a “slow” badge displayed whenever users access the site. On the other hand, the browser might also stick “fast” badges to highly optimized sites. (Though, chances are, you probably won’t even see them before the site loads.)

Alternatively, Google might also change other indicators like the loading status bar. Regardless, the browser is toying with highly visual experiments to do the trick. Soon, it will be easier to finally see which websites will slow your device down by a few seconds.

Besides alerting users, Google’s new initiative is also meant for web developers. With a badge, development teams can see if their site is too slow for users. And, as is evident with Google’s blog post, Google is advertising their own developer tools for slow sites.

Regardless of who it’s actually for, Google’s initiative is helping optimize the internet for today’s time.

SEE ALSO: Google just launched a ‘phone’ made out of paper

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YouTube Music and YouTube Premium roll out in the Philippines

There are more options besides Spotify

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Music streaming just heated up in the Philippines — YouTube Music is now available in the country.

Google silently launched YouTube Music along with YouTube Premium. The former is a separate app from YouTube which functions exactly like its rivals Spotify and Apple Music. Its greatest strength is in its tight integration with the video streaming app itself. Listeners can watch music videos right from the app to complement their streams.

To subscribe, simply sign in with your Google account on music.youtube.com. For those who want more, YouTube Premium allows for ad-free and uninterrupted watching experience and offline watching. It comes at a monthly price of PhP 159. With this price, you’re getting more for what you’re paying with YouTube Premium + Music bundled all in.

Family subscription plans starts PhP 239 per month, for both YouTube Music and YouTube Premium for up to five family members. All plans come with a one-month free trial.

YouTube Music launched last year hoping to compete against heavy-hitters like Apple and Spotify. While it is a newcomer, it has already launched in many countries, including the Philippines.

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