Huawei’s HarmonyOS 2.0 operating system making its way to flagships in the early stage and gradually reaching other important devices, yet still limited to the Chinese models.
Alongside major and features updates, regular installation of security patches is also a mandatory part of any device to stay away from threats and vulnerabilities. Otherwise, it can harm user’s data and systems as well.
On these concerns, HarmonyOS 2 promises to keep users’ privacy and data secured. Therefore, Huawei built a new security program and publishes monthly bulletins of fixed vulnerabilities found in the HarmonyOS 2 operating system for smartphone devices.
In the latest edition, Huawei has released July 2021 HarmonyOS 2.0 security patch that fixes 43 CVEs in the Kernel, 6 CVEs in the framework, 6 CVEs in the system, 5 CVEs in apps, and 65 CVEs third-party libraries for improved system security.
Besides, Huawei has also published a monthly and quarterly HarmonyOS 2 powered devices list that is eligible to receive the July 2021 security update. Interested users can check the list of devices mentioned below.
Devices that are part of Monthly Security updates:
Mate Series smartphones:
- Huawei Mate 40
- Huawei Mate 40 Pro
- Huawei Mate 40 Pro+
- Huawei Mate 40 RS Porsche Design
- Huawei Mate 40E
- Huawei Mate X2
- Huawei Mate 30 4G
- Huawei Mate 30 5G
- Huawei Mate 30 Pro 4G
- Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G
- Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Design
- Huawei Mate 30E Pro 5G
- Huawei P40
- Huawei P40 4G
- Huawei P40 Pro
- Huawei P40 Pro+
Devices that are part of Quaterely Security updates:
- Huawei Nova 6
- Huawei Nova 6 5G
- Huawei Nova 7
- Huawei Nova 7 Pro
- Huawei Nova 8
- Huawei Nova 8 Pro
For your information, the HarmonyOS 2 is currently limited to Chinese devices and yet to plan for global users. However, more devices could be added to the monthly HarmonyOS 2 security bulletin.
First Android 14 Developer Beta announced, launch around HarmonyOS 4
Android 14 is the next software version for the Android ecosystem. On February 8, Google stepped ahead to begin the development of this major upgrade with the first developer beta.
Google has released the roadmap for the development, beta testing, platform stability, and the final release of Android 14, which reveals meet the launch of Huawei HarmonyOS 4 later in the second half of 2023.
The first developer preview is already out for the Pixel devices. However, Google could open early access to other smartphone makers such as OnePlus by April when the open beta campaign kicks off.
As mentioned by the Android company, Android 14 is projected to reach platform stability by the end of July. But there’s still a possibility of these milestone timelines to delay, similar to last year.
For your information, the Android 14 developer preview will be a very useful and early gift to the developer community. It will pave a way for the app devs to know more about the upcoming APIs and app features ahead of the final launch.
Looking into the developer preview features, Android 14 promises to improve productivity, enhances performance, improvements to security, and privacy, and bring new customizations.
Yes, there are new tweaks and changes made over Android 12, while there are more that will be visible as the development progress further. Throughout this phase, these developers (and later users) will help to fix bugs and make improvements to the Android 14 source code.
Aside from the Android 14 developer beta, Huawei is preparing for the HarmonyOS 3.1 rollout but the company is working on HarmonyOS 4 as a major release for the next generation of Huawei devices. For now, there’s no official launch date available but we are likely to hear more on this at the Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) 2023 event.
HarmonyOS 4 promises big upgrades over HarmonyOS 3 and a major restructure in the user interface (UI). Nonetheless, we’ll keep you posted.
(source – Android)
HarmonyOS 3 Features: Stack Widgets, Large Folders, Security, Performance and more
HarmonyOS 3 is an evolution that symbolizes features improvements and advancement over HarmonyOS 2. Huawei brought in a number of new additions that makes this software superior to competitors.
The HarmonyOS 3 release has long been awaited by Huawei device owners and it is a whole new user experience that enhances the power of Huawei smartphones and smart devices such as the Huawei Mate 50 series.
From the user interface to performance and stability, HarmonyOS 3 covers all sides at once. The more you explore, the more you will find. Therefore, it’s time that we dive into the new additions and know more about them.
HarmonyOS 3 Features:
- New Super Device
- Network sharing
- Seamless exercise
- Mobile apps sharing
- Network sharing
- Widget group
- Widget Stacking
- New Widgets
- More service widgets
- Auto home screen layout
- 3D avatar
- Music sharing
- AI voice
- Performance and Gaming
- Privacy and security
- App control center
- Image privacy
New Super Device:
Launched with HarmonyOS 2, Super Device allows you to connect and control several other platforms from one smartphone or device. This gives you so much power to make a one-click connect solution for all of your HarmonyOS devices.
With HarmonyOS 3, Super Device has further improved and it now supports more platforms to collaborate with various other IoT devices. This helps the user to inherit amazing functionalities such as screen sharing, live streaming, music streaming, and a bunch more smart collaborative features on the go.
Powerful software has useful connectivity resolutions, such as the new Network sharing. This HarmonyOS 3 feature let you share the phone’s cellular network with a tablet to answer calls or receive SMS directly on the large-screen device.
There’s no need to check the phone, everything will be available on the tablet, while it’s connected to the smartphone using network sharing. Also, it’s power efficient as compared to mobile hotspot internet sharing.
HarmonyOS 3 takes care of your movie and music listening experience. while watching a movie, the Huawei Vision TVs will automatically enable a 3D stereo field to immerse the viewing experience. Don’t want to disturb anyone? Don’t worry, Huawei will create the same experience in your ear once you connect your Huawei FreeBuds device.
Your Huawei smartwatch is ready to collaborate with a variety of IoT devices. For example, when you want to start exercising on the treadmill, drag the treadmill icon on the watch to start exercising. The data on the treadmill can also be synchronized with your smartwatch in real-time.
Want music? Yes, the earphones icon in the super device menu plays songs right away while running.
Mobile apps sharing with car screen:
Being a multi-kernel operating system HarmonyOS 3 owns a big power and allows you to share all of your mobile apps right into the in-car infotainment system. These include operations such as watching videos, playing games, video calling, recording videos, and interacting with the internet.
HarmonyOS 3 further optimizes connectivity with IoT devices and enables Super Device connection with thousands of smart home gadgets that are easy to navigate with a smartphone.
Just touch a refrigerator and you can control the temperature via phone or make tap it on an oven to check all of its recipes and bake it accordingly. There is a lot more than HarmonyOS 3 could do on the ground, so, let it slip into other HarmonyOS devices to feel the power of IoT connectivity.
Home screen management:
There are some massive upgrades made in the home screen management. HarmonyOS 3 features include new widget stacking and widget grouping features that help you to save home screen space and keep the screen nice and clean.
Large Folders also got a sweet upgrade with 4 different kinds of layout support to resize. Read more here.
Moreover, there are new widget types and service widgets to provide you with better interactive controls over the smartphone and tablet.
Talking about a clean home screen, we must not forget the new smart auto home screen layout feature will automatically organize the home screen based on the category or related use cases.
HarmonyOS 3 brings you a new 3D avatar generated by an AI face-pinching algorithm. These avatars could be used as profile pic on Huawei IDs.
The new HarmonyOS supports simultaneous music listening, as it allows you to share music in two different earphones simultaneously.
The company has improved AI voice and it allows you to conduct various operations with this new HarmonyOS version.
Performance and Efficiency:
HarmonyOS 3 has achieved improvements in app launch speed, responsiveness, and animations. On the other hand, the operating system will boast graphics and optimize battery life for long-term use cases.
Privacy and security:
Huawei wants to improve the security aspect, therefore, HarmonyOS 3 brings three different security and privacy solutions. These include Privacy Center, Security Center, and Application control center.
Each of them has its own set of features to control and manage the phone’s safety.
There’s one tiny addition that will extend data safety – called image information desensitization. Once enabled, the feature removes sensitive information such as location, time, and phone model. There’s also an image information erasure that will only share the information that you need to share with others.
Huawei Mate 50 series gets a new improvements and camera update
Huawei is rolling out new features and system improvements update for the Mate 50 series that include optimizations. It also installs a new security patch for the Chinese models of this flagship.
According to the information, Huawei Mate 50 series users can download this new firmware via HarmonyOS 188.8.131.52. Huawei Mate 50, Mate 50 Pro and Mate 50 RS Porsche Design are getting this upgrade in batches. Huawei Mate 50 series is also one of the first phones to get a slot in the HarmonyOS 3.1 wagon but we’re yet to confirm this roadmap.
Aside from these, the latest update for the Huawei Mate 50 series comes with system stability optimizations, network stability improvements, new improvements for the camera and performance, and last but not least, the January 2023 HarmonyOS security patch.
Meanwhile, there are no new updated in the global models of Mate 50 Pro but we’ll keep you posted with further information.
Below you can check the complete changelog of this rollout.
- Optimizes system performance and stability.
- Improves network stability in certain situations.
- Improves Camera stability and performance in specific scenarios.
- Integrates security patches released in January 2023 for improved system security.
Thanks to tipsters Thomas and Fabrizio for the input.
We suggest you to back up the data before upgrading to the latest software update and make sufficient space in your device to store OTA package.