On October 14, 2021, Midea, a giant Chinese electrical appliance manufacturer launched Midea IoT operating system 1.0. This is the first third party IoT operating system based on OpenHarmony 2.0 open source project and in partnership with Open Atom Foundation, the open source code manager for HarmonyOS.
Midea IoT operating system 1.0 shares the latest cross device features powered by distributed capability framework in the OpenHarmony project. This includes features such as shared activity and plug and play power for each Midea smart device made for home appliance products.
Midea and Huawei:
Back in June, Midea confirmed to collaborate with Huawei on HarmonyOS use in its devices. Last December, Midea launched a number of new products featuring HarmonyOS and to provide a new inter-connected smart device experience.
According to the information, HarmonyOS powered Midea home appliances have been launched in 7 categories and 12 products. The use of HarmonyOS has made home appliance control much easy than ever, for an instance, you can control a Midea device with a smartphone and it only needs 3 seconds to pair it with the corresponding home appliance device.
The previously released COLMO EVOLUTION cabinet, COLMO EVOLUTION on-hook, and COLMO Ark AI dehumidifier is also equipped with HarmonyOS smart device operating system.
The OpenHarmony based Midea IoT operating system shows that they won’t have to rely on another operating system including Huawei’s but the cooperation with the release, even after that, this new launch only bring these two companies will further strengthen the bond between these two tech makers.
OpenHarmony is the open source project of HarmonyOS operating system, designed by Huawei for various use cases and it works on different types of platforms. Last year, Huawei donated the project to Open Atom foundation to manage its source code.
Since its establishment, the project has been joined by various industry partners to contribute their part to the development. OpenAtom OpenHarmony project team working committee members mainly include Huawei, PATEO, JD.com, Runhe, Yikatong, Software Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Chinasoft International. Let’s check further, which group has donated in which group.
OpenHarmony Project Donors:
- A Category Donors: Huawei PATEO, JD, Runhe, Yikatong, Chinasoft International
- B Category Donors: ISoftStone
- C Category Donors: Huaqiu, Speedo
- Special Category Donors: Thiel Laboratory, Chinese Academy of Sciences Software Institute
(Source – Weibo)
First HarmonyOS smart car cockpit will launch by the end of this year, check user interface
During the HDC 2021, Huawei has released the latest development made in the HarmonyOS ecosystem. The tech maker has announced 150 million device upgrades and the current speed of partners that continues to increase. Moreover, the company also launched the first developer preview of the HarmonyOS 3, which will help the developer to understand this new HarmonyOS version before it becomes available for developer beta testing.
However, there’s one more interesting announcement that has been made at the event. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group and smart car solutions BU revealed that the first HarmonyOS powered smart car cockpit will launch by the end of this year.
The Huawei business chief also expected that at the end of this year or early next year, the new generation of luxury mid-size SUVs released by SERES will be equipped with a smart cockpit based on HarmonyOS. Huawei hopes that through the HarmonyOS system, the user experience of the smart cockpit will surpass that of other manufacturers around the world.
Furthermore, Huawei has also revealed the user interface for the in-car HarmonyOS system that will launch by the end of this year on a SERES car. The user interface is very immersive and functional.
Wang Jun, president of Huawei Smart Car Solutions BU, confirmed that the HarmonyOS-A smart cockpit operating system is currently the only open cockpit system and will begin to sell by the end of this year.
That’s not it, Huawei also showed us some data regarding the current moves that HarmonyOS has made in the smart car industry after the announcement of HarmonyOS 2.0 at HDC 2020. Based on the HarmonyOS in-car system, Huawei has developed in-depth cooperation with more than 80 hardware and software partners.
Efforts to change the current situation of cockpit system hardware solidification, fewer applications, and slow upgrades, and jointly define hardware interfaces to achieve plug-and-play hardware, replaceable upgrades and diversified hardware interconnections, and open to applications through API interfaces.
Huawei says it’s focusing to develop a cockpit system with full-scenario coverage and multi-device coordination to provide consumers with personalized, smart, and diversified service experiences that is nowhere to find.
HarmonyOS programming language is coming: Huawei
Deng Taihua, vice president of Huawei and president of the computing product line, said in an interview in September this year that Huawei will launch an HarmonyOS programming language Cangjie next year to connect HarmonyOS and Euler in the application development ecosystem.
Huawei previously stated that Euler and Hongmeng have connected the sharing of core technology. In the future, it plans to build a distributed soft bus capability in Euler, so that devices equipped with the Euler operating system can automatically identify and connect to HarmonyOS devices.
Additionally, Huawei’s Managing Director, CEO of Consumer Business, and CEO of Smart Car Solutions BU, Yu Chengdong, announced that the number of HarmonyOS devices exceeds 150 million, making it the fastest-growing terminal operating system in history.
Huawei HarmonyOS 3 developer preview launched, improved performance
During the Huawei Developer Conference 2021, Huawei announced the first HarmonyOS 3 developer preview. The Chinese tech giant announced this new HarmonyOS version as an upgrade over HarmonyOS 2. So, developers in China are eligible to test the HarmonyOS 3 via the HarmonyOS 3 developer beta version and start developing apps for the latest HarmonyOS version.
To be mentioned, the HarmonyOS 3.0 developer beta will be opened in the first quarter of 2022. So, it can be tested on different devices. Still, the launch of general consumers of smartphones and other devices is far away, since it’s still in the development mode.
With the release of Huawei of the first HarmonyOS 3 Developer Preview, the Chinese tech maker continues to innovate around the three core values of system architecture, Super Device, and one-time development, and multi-device deployment, bringing about a comprehensive upgrade of system capabilities and development tools.
According to the information, the HarmonyOS 3 developer preview includes performance improvements over HarmonyOS 2.0. these are 50 percent improvements in terms of Device discovery performance, 100 percent improvement in terms of HD projection stability, and 20 percent improvement in terms of enhanced cross-device operation performance.