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MIUI, OneUI, EMUI: the differences between Android interfaces | AllCell Phone


We have two major mobile operating systems in the world, Apple’s iOS and Android’s Google. IOS, whatever iPhone you take in hand, will recognize and see that they are identical from year to year.

However, we know that many manufacturers in the world work in partnership with Google and implement Android on their smartphones. To differentiate themselves and not be all the same, each of them prefers to put their own interface on top of the clean Android that the Google offers.

And that is where we see things like OneUI, MIUI, EMUI, LG UX and so many other variations of Android emerging. Do you want to know what each one has the best? Want to learn what the differences are between them? Then follow this TudoCelular Understand.


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What are interfaces for?

Stop to imagine what it would be like to get to a store, come across that sea of ​​Androids and, when turning on one device after another, see that they all have the same look, the same functions. What good would it be to have so many brands?

This may even work with the few iPhones released each year on iOS, but with the hundreds of Android devices that hit the market every year, that would be the recipe for disaster. So the Google the manufacturers agreed that there would be modifications.

O Google makes a basic Android available, called AOSP, which is open source and free, anyone can download and play. The manufacturers use this Android to leave it to their face and add more functions. Then they buy from Google the rights to use company apps as well. It is in the latter part that Huawei has had problems.

So, all these manufacturers have Android, but they manage to change the look, add and remove functions and give a particular touch that makes users prefer this or that brand. But which are the most famous and how are they?

MIUI (Xiaomi)

Starting with one of the most famous today, MIUI is Xiaomi’s interface on Android, and is among the group that most modify the version of Google as a whole. From the beginning, Xiaomi has always sought to make MIUI look like iOS, taking a little too much inspiration from the Apple system in visual and even in some functions.

At the beginning of its life, in 2010, when it appeared only as a custom ROM, the idea was to add things that basic Android did not have, such as backups in the cloud, but imitated Apple by not having an app drawer, something that changed a little while ago time.

It allows modifications with themes while trying to keep everything as simple and clean as possible, being generally very light, with the addition of gesture navigation. On the other hand, it has the terrible tradition of relying on advertisements through the system.

Currently, in its most recent version, MIUI 12, it has a notification center that looks much more like iOS than Android. It is an interface that has many of the company’s own applications, in addition to the traditional Google.

It is a good option for: those who like to change the look of the system, need more basic smartphones that run well and want to have many functions to tweak.

OneUI (Samsung)

After TouchWiz, which was heavier and more polluted, Samsung renewed the look of its version of Android, and brought OneUI, currently in version 2.1. The great highlight of it is being better thought for big screens, a fashion that does not end in the world of Androids.

It is an elegant interface, with some items that reminiscent of the original Android, such as the shortcut center with polka dots. It works a lot with the color blue, but it is another that allows wide use of themes, fonts and visual modifiers.

It brings many applications from Samsung itself, which end up being duplicated with those that have already been installed Google and even Microsoft. It has improvements with infinite functions spread throughout the system, found in the middle of the configurations.

A very good function is AlwaysOn, which keeps information on the screen even when it is off, saving battery and improving usage. It was on the old interface that Samsung made this feature popular and adopted by almost all competitors, even the Google.

Despite having simple aesthetics, it still cannot perform as it should in more basic devices, and brings, in addition to Google Assistant, his own virtual assistant Bixby, who recently arrived in Portuguese.

It is a good option for: those who like to change the look of the system, want a top of the line with many functions and more freedom than on iOS and who want to have a popular system and full of other users.

Moto UI (Motorola)

Motorola decided that it would not name this last interface. First, to escape the bad reputation of the previous one, Motoblur, and also to connect more to the idea that its interface is very close to Android AOSP.

And that is the idea here. Motorola places rare extra applications, unlike MIUI and OneUI, and one of the few that appears is the Moto App, exactly where the manufacturer places most of the extra functions it makes available.

The most popular of these is the function that activates the camera or flashlight when shaking the device, a trademark of the company. Its camera app also features other company extras, with creative photo modes.

Even though it is similar to the simpler version of Android, it stopped being light for some time and is not the best for simpler devices. It allows few changes in the visual, and does not open to different themes and sources. It used to be one of the fastest ones to be updated to the latest Android, but it’s not like that anymore.

It is a good option for: those who do not want many functions in the system, and prefer to add extras by installing applications. Good for those who have little intimacy with technology and do not want to click on anything wrong.


Although its former name was Optimus UI, there is no way to say that LG has changed its interface a lot over the years. Overall, just like Xiaomi is mirrored in iOS, it is often inspired by Samsung.

Its currently more popular version has a clean look, but ends up with a heavier look due to the fonts, which can be modified, although there are few themes available.

The next version, which arrives on top of Android 10 – but has not reached almost anyone -, will also be very similar to OneUI, leaving for more transparencies, however. The LG UX also works with more content at the bottom of the screen and also allows you to customize the AlwaysOn screen.

It brings some own applications that are duplicated with those of Google. As an advantage, it has worked very well with the company’s simplest smartphones, leaving its entry lines among those that perform best with rivals. There are many functions present, a lot to be configured and things that could be removed.

It is a good option for: those looking for an entry-level smartphone that is cheap and performs well. Those who do not want Samsung but enjoy the OneUI concept will like the LG interface.

ZenUI (Asus)

It is difficult for us to go through an interface that has not undergone major changes in the past two years, and ZenUI is another such case. Following Samsung and Xiaomi a little, it had too many functions, it was heavy and not very elegant.

It has undergone a makeover and is lighter and cleaner, following much more the concepts of Android AOSP. Now, it has fewer functions, but the withdrawals were not very useful, and there were many others that allow a good customization of the system.

Because it is more basic, it receives updates more easily, and brings good performance. It brings a lot of Android that we find in Pixel, like artificial intelligence to improve battery usage. It still has some apps of its own, but in general it got rid of the majority at the expense of the Google.

It has a more fun face like the Google Pixel, but still maintains the possibility to modify the look with themes and brings its own functions, such as the game management application.

It is a good option for: those who do not want to go too far from the Pixel Android, but do not want to lose features that it does not have, such as themes and a camera application with more functions.

EMUI (Huawei)

We arrived at the interface that is present in Chinese Huawei smartphones, at least while she uses Android. The EMUI comes from “Emotion UI” has a more modified look just like Xiaomi’s MIUI, and it even resembles the old ZenUI, only with a much lighter and more organized footprint.

It has colorful, square and large icons spaced in the home and in the application drawer. The shortcut area has round icons, but they are also large and scattered. It allows some modifications to the interface and brings many functions to be adjusted.

Like the new ZenUI, it has a lot of optimization work behind the curtains, using artificial intelligence. Some functions include different gestures, such as using the finger node to capture images, split screens and more, and there are several types of navigation.

To function more lightly on simpler devices, Huawei usually removes functions that require more of the hardware, which ends up working. Unfortunately, there are many duplicate apps from Huawei, and they should appear a lot more, as it needs alternatives with a ban on using the Google

It is a good option for: those who like well-modified interfaces and enjoy the work of artificial intelligence in optimization. Those looking for gesture functions in tops and don’t find a Motorola will also be happy.

Google Pixel UI (Google)

The Pixel’s Google do not officially sell in Brazil, but their interface deserves a mention for coming from the mothership. Like other manufacturers, the Google takes the AOSP and puts exclusive functions, but here it keeps a lot of the look, which is more colorful and fun.

It has a light interface, which currently allows for minimal changes, such as icon format and some colors in the interface, in selections and shortcuts. Its advantage lies in the deep connection with the services Google and because this is the interface that first receives the company’s news for Android.

It is the one that brings less native applications, being only the own ones Google. It also works with artificial intelligence and takes risks in some gestures, such as pressing the cell phone to activate the Google assistant.

It is a good option for: those who want to customize the device with application functions, want a very light interface and do not want to miss any news from the Google, with always updated versions of Android.

Android One (Nokia, etc.)

Our last interface is similar to that of Pixel, but Android One is like a Pixel experience in other brands. It has a white application drawer, round icons and very little customization.

It is very light, and was designed only for intermediate smartphones, but today it integrates more powerful devices, like some from Nokia. Motorola and Xiaomi have also used this interface that does not depend on them to be updated, only the Google.

This supposedly makes Android One receive updates faster, as there is no finger from the manufacturers in the process, but the truth is quite different. Comes with few extra apps, just a few that brands put in to differentiate.

For being taken care of by Google, no matter what brand you choose with Android One, the interface and features will be 90% the same.

It is a good option for: those who have little intimacy with technology, those who love light and stable systems, without bugs, do not care about few functions and for those who buy Nokia, because other brands are not updating as they should.

Launcher can change anything

And if you don’t like the look of any of these interfaces, if you want to change a bit of air and get sick of the look of your cell phone system, launchers are there for that. On Android, you can search the Play Store for a multitude of apps that change things like the device’s home and the app drawer, even bringing in some extra functions.

One of the most famous is the Nova Launcher, but we also have Lawnchair, Microsoft, Poco launcher and many others for you to explore.

Did you like it? Some were left out, such as Realme UI, from Realme, OxygenOS from OnePlus, Color OS from OPPO, Xperia UI from Sony and others, but as they are less popular here, we get the best known. Which interface do you use? And which one do you like best? Leave your answer in the comments! I’ll stay here and until next time!

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