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EMUI 10 vs. Android 10: What are the differences?


Huawei EMUI 10 is the mobile interface of the Chinese company, most of those that have been updated were released between 2018 and 2019. Now that Android 10 comes to these phones, we have proposed to compare this interface with that of Pixel phones that It is totally pure. Here you can know how to download Huawei EMUI 10.

To test the functions of the interface, we have used the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the Pixel 4 XL, and these are some of the differences we have found between the interface of the Chinese company and the original Google.

First, let’s compare some of the screens of each interface.

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This is the main home screen. On the left, we have the Huawei Emui 10 and on the right the Android 10.

On the left, you can see that the EMUI 10 home screen shows some applications, although these can be moved to the second screen. Of course, unlike Android 10 pure Pixel, the cell phones of the Chinese company have no application drawer.

In the Huawei phone to see more apps you just have to swipe from right to left on this screen, while in pure Android you have to swipe from bottom to top to see the app drawer.

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On the right we have the way in which applications are displayed in the Settings area, as you can see in EMUI 10, they are larger.

In the Settings application screen, we can see that each company treats the icons in a different way, to which we must add that the typography changes. In Huawei, we observe that everything looks slightly larger.

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The control center looks larger in EMUI 10, on the right.

In the control center, again on the right Huawei shows us larger icons and more options on the main screen, although both show us the applications that we have open in the form of small icons at the bottom. Of course, pure Android on the left shows us apps that are in the background and if you touch one of those icons you can go to that application.

EMUI 10 vs. Android 10

Although Huawei based EMUI 10 on Android 10, since it is a free software platform, the company has placed new transitions and gestures for when you execute different actions. To this, we must add that the Huawei camera application is totally different from that of Google’s “pure” operating system.

However, these are only aesthetic details and there are some Android 10 options that are not currently available in EMUI 10. Among them, we have two very prominent.

Live Caption:

At the moment only available on Pixel phones, it allows the operating system to place subtitles to any video or audio, either online or downloaded on your cell phone, recorded or in real-time, which is even ideal for conversations with people who speak another language.

Focus Mode:

As part of the Digital Wellness application, Android 10 offers an option that allows you to turn off or deactivate the applications you select to avoid distractions, something that allows you to not watch videos on YouTube while doing homework or working, for example.

EMUI 10, however, does have night or dark mode, the possibility of connecting your cell phone with Huawei computers to be able to share elements and screen always on.