On September 28, 2021, Eclipse Foundation and OpenAtom Foundation announced their collaborative partnership focused on the development of OpenHarmony – an open-source project of the HarmonyOS operating system. Both foundations agree to jointly build a world, vendor-neutral, and independent open source community, allowing developers, vendors, system integrators to increase their global reach in a single and unified ecosystem.
“The open source model has clearly established itself as the best possible means for global communities to collaborate around a shared, open technology,” said Mike Milinkovich, executive director at the Eclipse Foundation. “Through our collaboration with OpenAtom, we’re hoping to leverage innovation in both Europe and China to create a global solution that everyone can leverage.”
“A unified and diversified open source community is crucial to the sustainable development of OpenHarmony. We are looking forward to making history with the Eclipse Foundation and developers around the world,” said Tao Yang, chairman of the board of directors at the OpenAtom Foundation.
What is there for the open-source world?
Several years ago, Huawei began developing a new, distributed operating system focusing on IoT devices, ranging from small earbuds to phones to TVs to cars and beyond. The goal of this new operating system was to unify a wide range of discrete physical devices into a single “super device” in order to present a significantly better user experience for IoT.
It achieved this by virtualizing the different aspects of devices, such as display, speaker, network, microphone, camera, and then dynamically integrating them across its distributed virtual bus.
This distributed operating system became Huawei’s HarmonyOS and started shipping this commercially across devices and with ecosystem partners last year.
Huawei’s goal with HarmonyOS is to enable a large ecosystem of devices —whether from Huawei or not — to be able to work together seamlessly and deliver the best user experiences. So, starting last year, Huawei also open-sourced the fundamental capabilities of HarmonyOS and contributed the resulting OpenHarmony open source project to Open Atom, China’s newly born open source foundation.
This means that OpenHarmony now is under open governance and is no longer a Huawei-controlled project. Open Atom now manages this project with other member participants, while Huawei continues to participate in the OpenHarmony project, while HarmonyOS remains Huawei’s commercial implementation of OpenHarmony and just one of a number of implementations.
That leads us to today’s announcement between Open Atom and Eclipse. To promote the global adoption and development of OpenHarmony, Eclipse and Open Atom will team up for this open source operating system, which will result in several significant milestones.
Open source projects are typically managed and developed by at most one open source foundation, if at all. To have two open source foundations come together to collaborate jointly in the development and ecosystem-building of an open source project is unprecedented.
But, the scale, diversity, and scope of the interoperable IoT devices ecosystem Huawei trying to create that will benefit tremendously from the combined strengths of Eclipse and Open Atom.
“To have two open source foundations come together to collaborate jointly in the development and ecosystem-building of an open source project is unprecedented,” said Huawei. Perhaps it is fitting that a distributed operating system requires distributed open source development.
Impact of this OpenSource Collaboration:
Open source is by its nature global. And, all the major open source projects and foundations have large presences around the world. But, challenges often occur when working across global open sources. For example, different developers may be in different time zones and speak different native languages. They may serve different markets with substantially different requirements. And they may develop their local ecosystems completely differently.
By having China-based Open Atom and Europe-based Eclipse Foundation collaborate to build OpenHarmony, Huawei can specialize in different regions while still maintaining the global nature of the open source. For example:
- As China’s only open source foundation, Open Atom can attract and build a China ecosystem for OpenHarmony better than other organizations in many ways. It can run events and community engagements locally in Mandarin at times convenient to China’s developers. It can also onboard many new Chinese companies to the open source community for the first time.
- As Europe’s largest open source foundation and one of the largest global open source foundations, Eclipse can attract and build a strong European and international ecosystem. After all, Europe has arguably taken the global leader in critical areas such as data privacy and security. Rooting OpenHarmony here will ensure that it will conform to the needs of European developers and users.
Furthermore, the Chinese tech maker expects that this partnership will help both Open Atom and Eclipse increase their global membership and influence as more companies around the world become familiar with both of these foundations.
Certainly, the most widespread open source operating system for mobile devices today is Android. Android is controlled by Google, and so Google is able to ensure the compatibility of different Android distributions through tight compatibility test suite and licensing requirements. But, there is no open way to create different, certified as compatible, full Android distributions because of Google’s centralized, commercial control.
- An open specification process.
- An open source compatibility test suite.
- Multiple OpenHarmony distributions will be fully compatible via the open specification and test suites.
In other words, this is like Android opening multiple organizations creating independent, compatible distributions:
There are two major mobile (but not IoT) operating systems today: Android and iOS. OpenHarmony has a significantly different technical scope than either of them. For example, Google and Apple both have a variety of different operating systems targeting different devices, including:
- Apple: iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, MacOS, WatchOS
- Google: Android, Chrome OS, Wear OS, Fuschia OS
OpenHarmony, though, targets all devices through its distributed nature.
Furthermore, because iOS and Android have to interact with different operating systems across different devices, they synchronize data primarily through the cloud — even when devices are a mere few centimeters apart physically. As a distributed operating system, OpenHarmony preserves data privacy and can send data locally between devices.
Huawei is designing OpenHarmony to be the most open, most ecosystem-friendly, and most secure operating system for devices:
Here’s what this new partnership means for the globe:
- Major open source organizations collaborate together rather than compete for hosting open source projects.
- Different regions around the world can specialize in their local markets while maintaining a global community.
- Different open source distributions can be both openly managed and fully compatible.
- Open innovation and security come together from the community
Huawei improves AppGallery games section
On October 2022, Dr. Jaime Gonzalo, VP of Consumer Mobile Services Europe at Huawei, people from the global gaming industry were given insight into how they could achieve an improved return on their considerable investment in new and existing games to boost AppGallery for game distributions.
In the past few years, AppGallery is becoming a popular platform for games as it serves millions of monthly active users with new and existing gaming apps. Up until today, AppGallery now lists games from some leading titles such as PUBG Mobile, Mobile legends, Free Fire, State of Survival, and more. Hence, Huawei continues to work on the games section for AppGallery users to enrich its user engagement.
“Games developers are finding it increasingly difficult to reach new audiences. The major challenge is that customer acquisition cost has increased significantly over the years due to market saturation and inflated pricing. That’s why alternative app platforms such as AppGallery are emerging and playing their part to provide developers with improved revenue-generating opportunities,” said Jaime Gonzalo”.
Currently, 99.9% of apps downloaded via the leading app distribution platforms are losing users monthly, pushing the costs of retention higher and higher.
Gonzalo pointed out that AppGallery currently has 580 million global monthly active users, 45 million of which are in Europe. Outside China, AppGallery has increased in-app revenue by 3x year-on-year, casual game growth has increased by 20x over the same period, and monthly ad revenue for developers has doubled.
“We have a high spending audience,” Gonzalo told the Pocket Gamer audience. “In countries like Germany the ARPPU is $200, in the UK the average is $159 while in Poland it is $100, and this is coupled with very low developer effort. Existing Android games can be ready to onboard to AppGallery in just a few minutes. We also support every game with solutions, promotions, and developer kits, which accelerate distribution and boost revenue numbers.”
Huawei to bring new cloud region in Indonesia later this year
Huawei is planning to bring a new and advanced cloud region to Indonesia. The Chinese tech maker gave a little hint and description of this matter at the recently organized Huawei Cloud Indonesia Summit in Jakarta, this week.
So far, Huawei and its cloud technologies are constantly hovering around the world. With such efforts, the high-profile manufacturer is trying to provide the best network solutions to its consumers and operators across the global regions.
According to the latest information, Huawei will establish a new cloud region in Indonesia, later this year. Consequently, this means that by the end of this year, Indonesian users will be able to enjoy a far better network experience than ever.
The CEO of Huawei Indonesia – Jacky Chen describes that the advanced cloud region for Indonesia will consist of three availability zones. In such a manner, it will continue to promote and orient advanced and high-end technologies as well as services in the region.
For instance, cloud-native AI, pre-trained large models, databases, big-data interfaces, and more. Together, these initiatives will provide better help to small-scale enterprises. Further, it will aid in improving competitiveness and reducing overall costs.
Huawei Cloud – An immersive network experience for users
Up to this point, Huawei Cloud has deployed its affiliation in 6 international regions. This includes Singapore, Bangkok, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Johannesburg, and more. On the flip side, it also has numerous base stations in Hong Kong and China.
Huawei Cloud has encouraged the planning and evolution of cloud-native infrastructures for a long time. This evolution has played a vital role in developing the local internet industry. Besides, the customers also gained the chance to experience new resources, flexible services, rapid time-to-market info, and automated operations.
To bring these facilities to Indonesia as well, the largest news media group in the region – DetikNetwork has chosen Huawei Cloud. The cooperation believes that only Huawei is capable of providing high-quality live broadcast services through its Cloud Infrastructure.
This will be a great help for approx 200 million Internet users in the region. Earlier, the company announced the cloud region plans for Saudi Arabia. Now, it’s time to stretch the roots of cloud services in different parts of the world.
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Huawei secretly plans chip startup to pass US Sanctions: Report
Huawei is planning a secret chip startup that can unleash it from the US Sanctions to some extent. The company has started hammering the Shenzhen ground to build a new semiconductor manufacturing plant to get a ‘relief breathe’ from prohibition.
Huawei and U.S officials are walking parallel to each other. But, just as the parallel lines can never meet, Huawei and U.S. conflicts will also not get a complete full stop. Hence, to avoid this battle to a degree, the Chinese tech maker took a new decision.
And in this decision, a former executive of Huawei is helping the company greatly. As per the latest reports, the PXW (Pengxinwei IC Manufacturing) firm, run by an ex-Huawei executive is supporting the chip startup to limit the US Sanctions.
Consequently, PXW will help in delivering most of the output materials to Huawei by the first half of 2023. If this round-up succeeds, then the startup could help Huawei in bypassing the US regulations that have choked the flow of chips for the Chinese firm.
Since the US government cut off the Chinese company from buying any American tech material, there aren’t new routes to connect with foreign suppliers. However, the tech maker managed to make out a way that can help in rebuilding its chip emperor.
PXW firm – a new semiconductor supplier?
Unlike Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing cooperation (TSMC), PXW is not so strong and capable. Yet, it might support Huawei in retaining a good position in several tough areas where the company cannot enter at this moment.
PXW also informs its objective for working on 28-nanometer technology. Currently, the firm will target 14 and 7-nanometer chip making. This manufacturing is a little less advanced but will help Huawei once again in creating its fame.
Apart from the PXW, Huawei will also associate with a few domestic chip manufacturers to get a better hold on this matter. In this manner, the Chinese manufacturer would be able to get chipset access without getting stuck in US regulations.
So far, the US government restrictions made Huawei rely upon the 4G processors. But, the new initiations can also open doors for the 5G smartphone series. Let’s see what we will gain in the first half of the 2023 year.