Android or HarmonyOS? Here is a comparison of the main aspects

In the coming months, seeing some Huawei smartphones equipped with HarmonyOS on the market will not be that difficult and, as already reported in our previous article, we also know which device will lead the way.

Although a well-known developer has reported that Huawei’s new OS is a fork of Android AOSP , they both have both differences and strong similarities and today we want to list some of them.

User interface: a mix of icons and live widgets

From the photos it is clear that HarmonyOS focuses much of the experience on having most of the information “at your fingertips”.

Android can work this way too. But given its infinite customization, both by OEMs who adapt it to their own style and by users who can modify it at will, the way to use the two OSs can be overlapped.

One social app for two different accounts

With a list of compatible apps, these can have a clone of the same but with different accounts. This way you can increase productivity and have two profiles of a given service on one smartphone.

Android has also had this function for some time, which can be activated from the settings menu of certain UI or with apps that can be downloaded from the Play Store.

More useful functions can be activated quickly

Here too, pictures are worth a thousand words. As you can see, choose which network to connect to, which device, or reach a function directly from the icon, all very fast and identifiable steps by eye.

From this point of view, Android works the same way, both in the Stock versions given to the Pixels and in the customizations of the partner producers: MIUI, One UI, ColorOS , etc.

Transitions and graphic effects

HarmonyOS features an artificial intelligence algorithm that makes transitions and blurs dynamic. If checked, this will allow the system to automatically choose which transitions and which graphic effects to use.

Android is more static from this point of view, with more selective transitions and graphic effects generally activated manually and modifiable in a similar way.

Manually resizing windows

In HarmonyOS a notification can be displayed in the form of a bubble that can be expanded and overlaid on our activities. This method ensures that you don’t lose focus on what you are doing.

On Android it works the same way but some interfaces still do not allow it, giving more static to the user experience. In any case, some apps already work like this, like Messenger.

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