Huawei’s Harmony OS is truly breaking barriers in this era which is hugely dominated by Android and iOS. The market dominance of the Android and iOS mobile operating systems are truly beyond reach. I mean, it will shock the whole world for any other mobile operating system to displace any of these two from the top. Harmony OS is now the third largest and the best it could do is to keep things that way.
Now, let’s consider it this way. Does being the most popular automatically makes you the very best? Not always. I am not trying to say that Harmony OS is better than Android or iOS. But I cannot also assert that either of these two is better than Harmony OS. It is all based on individual preferences. While some may prefer Android, others may prefer iOS.
There is also another group of people that prefer both Android and iOS. This is because Android has some features that are lacking in iOS and a vice versa. Speaking of features, we have a third force that is pushing this category to the very top. Huawei believes that more features will definitely attract more users and it is doing just that.
Harmony OS comes packed with a lot of features just like Android and iOS. Some of these features may be common amongst the top two. However, it also comes with some exclusive features that you may not find in either Android or iOS.
Harmony OS Auto Layout Feature
Huawei’s Harmony OS has a feature called Auto Layout and it is quite surprising why neither Android nor iOS ever thought of this. Have you ever tried rearranging the icons on your smartphone? Well, I think you have, everyone has tried doing that at least ones. If you have tried rearranging icons on your smartphone, then you are much aware of how annoying it could be.
A lot of smartphone users have very messy looking home screens. They may not really like the looks of their home screens but there is this common laziness involved in rearranging them. This is where Harmony OS steps in. With the auto layout feature in Harmony OS, it only takes one single tap to rearrange the whole home screen.
The Auto Layout feature comes with several layout options that you can choose from. With one tap, Huawei Harmony OS users can switch to a new layout to suit their moods. This feature is only available in Harmony OS 3 and later and it makes use of AI to organize the home screen. With this, your home screen will always look clean without you putting in any effort.
How Auto Layout Feature in Harmony OS Works
This feature automatically generates combination of layouts which includes icons, large folders and widgets. These combinations make it easier for users to interact on their home screens without any form of distractions. The user will have three different sorting options. They include:
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- Original Layout
- Sort by color
- Sort by category.
With the original layout option, you get to use the default layout that came with the phone. You can arrange the icons, widgets and app folders without any form of category folders. This option does not also shift content of one layout to another.
Sort By Color Layout
The sort by color option is quite interesting and it will definitely be the most popular amongst the three. It arranges the icons based on the most common color on your home screen. With this, icons with similar colors like red will all fit into one single layout. It then pushes all the other screen elements with similar colors to the next pages. So. blue colors will be in one layout, orange in one layout and so on.
Sort By Category
This option uses AI to arrange icons, large folders and widgets in categories. For example, the system automatically arranges all productivity tools on one page, social media apps can be on another page, banking and related apps can also be on one page and so on.
Huawei’s Harmony OS keeps growing in both popularity and features every year. There are other exclusive features that you cannot find on other mobile operating systems. Such features include swipe up widgets, service widgets, super device and many more. The auto layout feature will definitely make things a lot easier for users. No Harmony OS home screen will ever look disorganized with auto layout on board. I hope Android and iOS adapt such a feature in the near future.