google

switching from honor/huawei to samsung … or the state of android usablitiy

in other words, switch from a non-google android to fully supported android, huawei is the parent company of honor, choose because it’s EMUI respectively MagicUI is quite close at iOS Usability, used a lot in the past years

  • Honor 8 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10 pro
  • Huawei P30 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • Honor P20 Pro

… but not it’s time to turn my back to Huawei/Honor, because:

  • EMUI10 removed “Download” app
  • Battery Optimisation is quite aggressive with required notifications
  • tricky without google play services in the future
  • integration into Windows 10 oder Android Enterprise, leaves space to improve

start the journey a new vendor – several years already owned a Samsung S6 edge (drowned without IP68 protection 😉 – finally choose Samsung S20

this is the second view of Samsungs Flagship smartphone, technical facts could be find else where, just want to focus on the handling

  • download – huawei/honor removed it’s download app, also Samsung don’t offer per default a “download” app, but you could create several shortcuts in “My Files” App right to your homescreen *thumbsup*
  • integration – Samsung expand strategic partnership with Microsoft, buildin “Link to Windows” it just connection to the Windows Your Phone App, available from PlayStore, Samsung Cloud is replaced with Microsoft OneDrive
  • 5G – not required because on it’s way but yet not usable
  • battery – with 4000 mAh, always running low in the early afternoon, “battery optimization” is more strict at Honor/Huawei, but seams to be more effective then generally reduce overall system performance at Samsung
  • max power saving – in worst case there is an option to disable all smart features and leaves just a few app to enhance battery life for basic tasks, camera, telephone – at EMUI it was also possible to select from all installed apps, while Samsung offers just a predefined set (e.g. without brave browser, no telegram but whatsapp!?)
  • multi screen – Samsung offers with it’s build in dex mode an easy way to enhange working from a mobile device attached to a large screen, Honor and Huawei as well, there also other options around
  • dual sim – always use two SIM cards for different coutry’s, both offer the ability to configure settings per sim – at Honor it is easier to jump into SIM-settings with a homescreen shortcut, not possible at Samsung – here is it easier to switch between SIM services from notifiation panel, not possible at honor
  • quick search – swipe down to open device wide search for app, contacts or internet content, Honor/Huawei open search and parallel opens keyboard to start typing – same behaviour at iOS devices, the keyboard automatically launch – your guessing it, i’m missing auto-launch of the keyboard at Samsung’s launcher

apple’s introduced app libary in iOS14 sort all apps, but search needs to be initiated via an additional click, at Samsung it require’s me to use fastfinder app or another launcher

  • unlock – i tested all unlock options available at the market, the dedicated fingerprint is the most reliable and fast option in 2020, inscreen fingerprint quite slow, faceunlock is useless in while wearing a mask or during night in the dark
  • android enterprise – i’m a fan of the profile separation, what a pity that google wasn’t able to provide the same usablity for all vendors – page vs. folder
  • send attachments – like the buildin option to reduce file size when sending an attachement via mail at iOS or EMUI, missed at Samsung

… there are some other pro/con on both sides, this is just a kind of best pratice summary sofar

technology

switch android phone and (easily) reconnect your wear smartwatch

largely relegated to checking notifications, counting steps, and maybe measuring your heart rate from time to time

in Q3 2019 the wearable band shipments grew 65% and propably below some christmas trees

beginning 2020, one-in-five americans use a smart watch or fitness tracker, according to a Pew Research


apple released in 2019 it’s watch series 5 with built-in compass and Emergency SOS application on cellular models

google smartwatches, running wear os, without an update since rename in 2018 – need oem vender to push the mobile os – xiaomi succeed with low prices to the global leader with 27% share – huawei reached annual growth largest wearable growth of 243% – fitbit recently sold to google


what’s embarrassing with wear os is the switch to a new android device, there is no guide to reconnect, you had to erase the watch and reconfigure – some apps on your mobile device offer the option to install as extention onto the watch, but all other needs to be installed manually one by one

but the is a clever guide to use the developer option to reconnect to a new device, without the need of resetting

simply enable usb debugging, disable blueooth, connect your wearable to android studio/adb tos, execute to following

  • adb devices
  • adb shell “pm clear com.google.android.gms && reboot”
  • adb shell “am start -a android,bluetooth.adapter.action.REQUEST_DISCOVERABLE”

detailed guide at xda-developers

security

share everywhere – cloud clipboard and others handle your content

working with different devices and handling with content could be quite tricky – use the cloud-based clipboard to copy and paste images and text across devices

windows

in it’s may 2019 update, select start  > settings  > system  > clipboard , and then use the toggles to turn on both clipboard history and sync across devices. you can also press the windows logo key +V as a shortcut to easily access your clipboard – what’s also new in current windows update

to share just websites you could use continue on PC from mobile devices

apple

use Universal Clipboard with any Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch – read requirements here – sign in with your apple id, enable bluetooth, enable wifi and enabele handoff – copy the text, image, or other content content – is automatically added to the clipboard of your other nearby device

android

google’s device doen’t offer any buildin feature like cloud clipboard – between android you could use blueooth or ncf to share data

other android oem implent it’s own technology, like Huawei Share as an immediate file transfer tool just between Huawei mobiles, using bluetooth connection and wifi direct technology

on Samsung Galaxy phone utilize Direct share feature as a pipeline for instantly sharing photos, videos, and more

mixed

to share data between difference devices and vendors it’s quite tricky, the way touse to any of the following 3rd party services like OneNote, Google Keep or Pushbullet – additionally your able to enrich your content that copied with style and format

fortunately, there several option and a lot more apps available for android or in chrome webstore – but with all of it’s possiblity …

keep security and trust of your data in mind

innovation, technology

… not in june

everyone is promising what to wait for, but not in this article – we’re ahead of big upcoming technology – it’s may 2019, but as mention in the title not in june

Samsung Fold

Samsung already presented one of the first foldable phones, but seam to struggle with the folding mechanics @androidauthority


Huawei OS

Since the ban of Huawei devices, their pushing “plan b”, what is necessary for there announced but not released device Matex and Honor20(Pro) @techradar


iOS13

At WWDC Apple will demonstrate iOS13 with it’s features, like dark mode, but release probably in late summer @macrumors


Blackberry Messenger

the messenging service is about to shutdown and will not available until june @slashgear

google, technology

android pie enterprise

announced device administrator deprecation pushing android enterprise futher to…

improving productivity, security, and digital wellbeing for the enterprise

key facts for enterprise are:

  • better realisation (separation) of work profiles
  • deaper support for single purpose devices
  • advanced security

arrow

read more: enterprise features of android p

already rolling out android 9 to pixel devices, huawei mate 20 get it preinstalled, huawei is pushing hard in android enterprise recommenced, device running android oreo should get updates quicker as before because of google’s project treble

@google

proof: my huawei still got google august security update

apple, technology

dual-sim

travelling between two countries or managing dual persona at the same device

in enterpise those solutions are quote interesting, provide full flexibility with just one device

  • Android support DUAL-SIM/MULTIPLE SIM cards in API since ANDROID 5.1
  • Samsung KNOX support Enterprise billing on dual SIM devices

  • first dual-sim phone was the benefon twin in 2000, sim card needs to be selected at phone launch
  • 2003 dual-adapter became popular, but it was still not possible to use both at the same time
  • several chinese device spotted beginning 2006, samsung’s first dual-sim device d880 was released in 2007
  • 2012 Nokia released a cheap nokia 101
  • beginning 2014 microsoft provied dual-sim devices 530 and 630

read more: huawei’s flagship devices with dual sim

  • update: 12.09.2018 apple released iPhone XR, XS and XS Max , all got dual-SIM capabilities, one will be a physical SIM card and the other an eSIM (embedded SIM), a chinese only device will hold two physical cards
  • hopefully those solutions are from the past

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