September 10, 2020: At Huawei Developer Conference 2020 (HDC 2020), Huawei unveiled EMUI 11. President, Software Department, Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG), Wang Chenglu showcased the key features of the new operating system, including the new human factors-based user experience (UX) design, new privacy, and security features, and improved all-scenario experiences.
Artistic Design optimized for user interaction:
EMUI 11 comes with a new artistic design offers a breath of fresh air, while the transitions and UI interactions have been optimized for human factors to improve the user experience.
Fuelled by new artistic inspiration and augmented with new technology, EMUI 11 offers a canvas for users to express their boundless creativity with new Always-On Display (AOD) options. The new AOD lets users customize their screen with a personal flair by using modern art.
Inspired by the work of the renowned painter Piet Mondrian, the new AOD is adopted with a primary color palette of red, yellow, and blue. Users are also free to go beyond Mondrian’s color scheme and coordinate the AOD color palette with their own photos.
For instance, users can easily match the color of the AOD with their daily outfits by snapping a picture of their clothing. AI algorithms will extract the color of the image and generate a matching palette for the AOD.
Huawei’s Human-Factors Engineering Research Lab contributed to the ergonomic design of EMUI 11. Comprising some of the best academics in and human factors engineering from top universities including Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the research team thoroughly analyzed the user experience and optimized EMUI 11’s visual and interactive experience to attain the highest degree of user comfort and enjoyment.
New long-take transition animations, inspired by their namesake technique in the field of cinematography, help users focus better on the task at hand. Huawei’s human factors research results indicate that, compared to regular transitions, long-take transitions effectively shorten user eye movement and lessen fatigue while improving recognition efficiency.
Improved distributed technology for new user experiences:
All-scenario features powered by Huawei’s distributed technology, such as MeeTime and Multi-Screen Collaboration, have already become signature features of EMUI.
This innovative technology enables devices to virtualize and share their software capabilities with each other. Users are no longer bound by hardware limitations and are free to customize their experience based on their individual needs and preferences.
Benefitted by improvements made to distributed technology, Multi-Screen Collaboration now supports up to three active windows. Students can make particularly effective use of this feature while attending online classes. For instance, they can use the first window to watch the stream, the second window for a notetaking app, and discuss lecture materials with fellow classmates on the third.
Multi-Screen Collaboration also enables better synergy between PCs and tablets. Once a connection is established, the tablet can act as an external webcam or second screen for the PC, while the PC can share its input peripherals with the tablet.
Documents saved on the PC can be edited directly through the tablet, either with touch inputs or a stylus for illustrations. In a business meeting, users can easily mark-up presentation slides as and when they are needed to help them explain their ideas or use the second screen to look-up additional information to facilitate discussions.
Certified security and privacy features to safeguard personal date:
The EMUI system level, EMUI’s TEE OS kernel obtained the highest level of CC EAL5 +, which is the highest commercial OS microkernel security level in the world.
Huawei strictly complies with local and international regulations on user privacy, including GDPR and GAPP, and the company received certifications including but not limited to ISO27701 and ePrivacyseal.
These are some of the most influential privacy protection certifications in Europe. Huawei says, all these certifications serve as a testimony to Huawei’s commitment to global standards across the full product lifecycle – from design, R&D, and maintenance – and protecting user privacy.
EMUI 11 also comes with new privacy features. When transferring images, users can easily purge the file of all sensitive personal data such as location, time, and device details before it is sent. Encrypted memos also keep personal notes personal by securing the content with a PIN or biometric lock.
Huawei will not sell its smartphone business nor it’ll stop producing new ones: Chairman
During the Huawei Connect Event 2021, the Rotating Chairman Xu Zhijun and Huawei China Region President Lu Yon confront media on a specific question “about the sell of smartphone business due to certain issues”
Xu said that Huawei will not sell its smartphone business nor it’ll stop making new smartphones. He further mentioned that Huawei’s phone market and phones are indeed facing deep challenges and 5G Huawei phones are difficult to purchase at the moment.
Even after these difficulties, Huawei will not give up or sell on its phone business and will work hard to bring back the prowess of consumer business on track in due course.
“Wait for a few years because at least you have to have a dream and an aim that will keep you motivated” expressed Xu.
In May 2019, Huawei was added to the U.S. Entity List, the list is officially designed to counter Huawei’s surge in both network and smartphone business. Thereafter, Huawei was unable to purchase the required components and software services to build new devices in both the ICT and consumer sectors.
Aside from other crucial components, Huawei felt an immense shortage of chipset and Google proprietary software services. Even after these challenges, Huawei established its supply chain with different global suppliers. However, the U.S. expanded the reach of Entity List in 2020 and barred the company from printing new chipsets via chip makers such as TSMC.
This forced Huawei to drop manufacturing of its flagship chipset – Kirin by the end of 2020. Thereafter, Huawei consuming the chip stack that it has gather before the last round of sanctions.
During the launch of HarmonyOS on June 2, Huawei officially announced new devices with Qualcomm chipsets. Later on, the Huawei P50 Pro flagship was also unveiled with Qualcomm processors. Amid all of the issues, Huawei’s new phones also cannot access the 5G network, which has become a major lack of selling point for its smartphone despite all of the power-packed specifications.
Still, the company has decided to move further on this road and we’ll wait to see what Huawei can usher in the time of such difficulties.
Will focus on building HarmonyOS and Euler operating system: Huawei
On the sideline of the Huawei Connect 2021 conference, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman – Eric Xu took an interview with media personnel. The current Huawei head announced that the company will focus on building two of its operating system HarmonyOS and EulerOS.
HarmonyOS and Euler, both will be open source and the company will focus on building these two operating systems in the future. In terms of working terminology, HarmonyOS is used for smart devices, IoT, industrial use cases. On the other hand, Euler is designed for servers, edge computing, cloud, and more.
Xu also said that Euler is not new and was released in 2019. The opnEuler operating system was initially served with the Kunpeng platform and moving to become the futuristic infrastructure of the operating system.
EulerOS provides enhanced security, compatibility, and easy-to-use features along with high Reliability. It meets the increasing requirements of Linux OS in enterprise applications and provides a compelling choice of open IT platform for users.
Launched at Huawei Developer Conference 2019, HarmonyOS comes with distributed technology and is designed to work across different devices for a seamless cross-device user experience. Initially, the operating system only supported smart TVs.
At HDC 2020, the Chinese tech maker introduced the second version of this OS – HarmonyOS 2.0. This time, Huawei added new platform support including smartphones, tablets, smart wearables, IoT devices, In-car systems, home consumer devices, and more.
However, the most interesting part of the HarmonyOS release comes in the form of smartphones adaptation. The smartphone version of this Huawei operating system debut on June 2, 2021.
Following the launch, the Chinese company began seeding it on the device. The roadmap is pretty huge consisting of over 100 models. As of September 23, 2021, Huawei has already installed HarmonyOS in 120 million smartphones.
HarmonyOS and EulerOS are currently in their early phase but the progress made by these operating systems comes in the form of major successes in a short amount of time. Therefore, bringing them upwards and developing their complete ecosystem will surely bring a boost to Huawei’s business.
Huawei introduce 11 major scenario-based solutions at Huawei Connect 2021
On the second day of the Huawei Connect 2021 Event, the Chinese tech maker introduces 11 major scenario-based solutions for five business areas. The application scope mainly includes transportation, finance, energy, manufacturing, and some government sector.
Peng Zhongyang, Director of Huawei and President of Enterprise BG speaks out his view framing “Deepening Digital and Creating a Great Future Together”. He presents current industrial digital transformation from different perspectives.
Director Zhongyang said, the company is helping its consumers to embrace digitalization through deep cultivation of scenarios, models, and partners. However, it’s an iterative process, which is now becoming a main asset in the industry.
In order to present industrial deep cultivation, Huawei brings 11 major scenario-based solutions covering five business sectors. As I mentioned earlier, the solution will apply in the government, energy, finance, transportation, and the manufacturing industry.
Let’s take a brief introduction of each sector-
Government and Public Sector: Three core solutions for network management, auxiliary operations, and zero-trust security has been released for this sector. The company is help and initiating projects for smart cities.
Energy Sector: This Chinese firm brings two solutions for this sector. They will be applicable to smart power plants and gas stations and will help in bringing green, low-carbon, safe, and efficient zero-carbon smart energy systems.
Financial Sector: The Finacial Sector also gets two solutions for mobile payments to built a fully connected smart ecological finance system.
Transportation Sector: Smart airports, air traffic control, and united transportation are part of solutions designed to bring a convenient riding experience.
Manufacturing Sector: Smart car enterprise solutions are designed for the production industry. It’ll help manufactures in profitable production with higher safety measurements and time-saving techniques.
Besides, Huawei is looking forwards to work with its partners and provide them all possible help in industrial practice. It wants to jointly solve the problems challenging the development.
About Huawei Connect Event:
This event has started on 23rd September and will end on 25th September. It’s an online conference giving the viewers an opportunity to connect with industry leaders, experts, and the company’s business partners. The theme of this year is “Dive Deep Into Digital” providing insights about AI, cloud, 5G, and other ICT technologies.