On December 16, 2020, Huawei officially launched the HarmonyOS 2.0 AKA Hongmeng OS 2.0 mobile beta for the developers. This beta will open the way for HarmonyOS app ecosystem development and will help in the adaptation process.
Initially, Huawei started to test HarmonyOS 2.0 on Huawei P40, Mate 30, and MatePad Pro devices in China and will expand to more devices once its testing finishes in 2021.
By looking at the beta, it’s found that HarmonyOS 2.0 mobile developer beta looks basically the same as EMUI 11 but has implemented a performance boost with HarmonyOS 2.0 kernel. This release also replaces the Android + EMUI system with HarmonyOS 2.0 + EMUI duo.
However, we can still wait for an official/stable release of HarmonyOS 2.0 for mobile devices and see if there are any major changes made to the user interface or user experience.
In the meantime, we’re here to discuss the features and development tools that developers will get to test while developing apps for HarmonyOS 2.0.
HarmonyOS 2.0 Developer beta Features:
- More than 50 new UI components for developing HarmonyOS applications on smartphones, offering consistent UI interaction experience across devices
- HarmonyOS application framework applicable to smartphones, enabling fast migration, connection, transferring, and installation-free loading of HarmonyOS applications across various devices
- Development and compilation toolchain available for the Windows and macOS platforms, helping you quickly develop HarmonyOS applications
- More than 40 sets of sample code for your reference in developing smartphone applications so that you can quickly understand how to use HarmonyOS APIs
- Distributed capability APIs (such as multi-modal awareness) to detect multiple mobility states
- Standardized input method framework and capabilities for you to develop multiple input methods and functions
- Standardized telephony system capabilities
- Comprehensive accessibility development framework for you to easily develop accessibility applications
- Standardized distributed data management capabilities to synchronize data between devices in real-time via distributed DB APIs
- Enhanced account system capabilities to cover devices without accounts in the HarmonyOS distributed system
HarmonyOS 2.0 developers will also get access to Huawei DevEco Studio 2.0 Beta 3. DevEco Studio helps you to develop all scenario, cross-device, distributed multi-device applications. It also provides debugging and simulation for speedy app development. To get DevEco Studio 2.0 Beta 3, visit HarmonyOS DevEco Studio from the official website.
We’ll continue to explore more changes and keep you posted.
Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 November 2022 update rolling out in Europe
A few days ago, Huawei began to roll out the November 2022 update for the MatePad Pro 12.6 tablets, and now it’s expanding in Europe. It’s a beneficial update with a bunch of security tweaks for the device.
November 2022 security patch holds a huge package of fixes and improvements. It ends more than 40 security threats and exploits in the system and strengthens the device against harmful bugs and malware.
Hence, we recommend you install the update once it appears on the notification shade. Eventually, Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 users in Europe can identify the November 2022 update with HarmonyOS 126.96.36.199 build number.
In case you cannot get this update onboard, then don’t worry. You can lean into the update section to obtain the latest firmware for your respective tablet.
Just head to the Settings application. Further, select System & Updates followed by Software Updates. Now follow the on-screen instructions carefully. To the available version, tap on the Download and Install button.
It’s quite easy to check for new updates. However, make sure of the following norms before conducting the installation procedure:
- Your tablet must have a storage space of 227MB
- A strong WiFi/mobile data connection is required for a buffer-free download of the package.
- Take a backup of your important data beforehand
- Do not forcefully turn off the tablet, once the installation is started
Huawei HarmonyOS is better than Apple!
Yes, that’s right! Huawei’s self-developed operating system – Harmony is far better than Apple’s. Comparatively, HarmonyOS serves many gadgets, including smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, smart TVs, smart cars, and more.
Meanwhile, Apple uses a separate operating system for every smart device. For instance, iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and so on. This shows that HarmonyOS is quite efficient and is easily compatible with a variety of gadgets.
Moreover, Huawei is constantly making efforts to make the respective operating system bigger than Android and iOS. And it seems like we don’t have to wait much to catch such changes in the HarmonyOS ecosystem.
Editor’s Choice: Huawei uses HarmonyOS for different devices as compared to Apple
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Huawei Sound Joy smart speaker improves system stability with new update
Huawei Sound Joy is receiving a new update with stability improvements globally. Besides, the latest firmware brings a handful of fixes to the known issues and security exploits in the device system.
According to the input revealings, the Huawei Sound Joy stability improvements update is rolling out with HarmonyOS 188.8.131.52 (H100SP29C00). Notably, the update is approaching via OTA and may take 2-3 days to reach all users.
Speaking of the changelog, the fresh firmware mainly aims to improve the stability aspects of the device. It optimizes the functioning and makes the internal system reliant and more durable.
On the flip side, the update resolves some irritating issues that have been affecting the performance of the smart speaker for a long time. As a result, this firmware installation will enhance the overall user experience.
Hence, if you are a Huawei Sound Joy owner, we recommend installing this update as soon as it appears on the notification panel.
- Build Number: HarmonyOS 184.108.40.206
- Improved device stability
- Fixed some known issues
Points to Remember:
You can install the update by navigating to the Huawei AI Life App on your smartphone. Further, tap on the Sound Joy card and then Firmware Updates. However, before heading for the downloading steps, take the following measures:
- Battery level should be above 20%
- The Bluetooth connection between your phone and speakers must be stable
- In case the installation fails, try again
Huawei Sound Joy
Huawei Sound Joy is the ultimate pack of immersive audio quality. It is Huawei’s first portable speaker with Devialet technology and exhibits a four-speaker unit system.
In terms of layout, the device holds a cylindrical structure with 202 mm height, and 73 mm diameter, and weighs up to 680 grams. It also supports Bluetooth 5.2 and high-end audio codecs such as AAC and SBC.
The speakers pack a huge battery of 8800mAh and offer a playback time of 26 hours. Besides, it bears a 40W fast charger that can charge the device in just 10 minutes.
Broadcom BK7235 processor combines with OpenHarmony
Broadcom Integration Group recently launched a new BK7235 high-end processor and merged it with the OpenHarmony operating system. The chipset aims to enhance IoT connectivity and bring new improvements in the security aspects.
And to make these connections more reliable, Broadcom group has integrated a BK7235 processor in the OpenHarmony framework. Accordingly, it will facilitate the operating system with rich storage and a robust security structure.
On the other hand, it can provide numerous immediate options for commercial purposes. For instance, lightweight audio quality, new upgrades for functions, controlling management, and more.
Let’s understand the high-end BK7235 processor in detail.
BK7235 MCU Chipset – Two Versions
Broadcom BK7235 chip is an MCU (micro-controller unit). It has two variants: single-core and dual-core. The single-core chip installs a 656KB RAM and supports 26 GPIOs (General Purpose Input/Output), and a 5V direct power supply. It is appropriate for 5V smart home gadgets.
Meanwhile, the BK7235 dual-core version packs 800KB RAM and a high-speed 8MB Dynamic RAM (DRAM). Further, it supports single and multiple cloud connections, 48 GPIOs, dual microphones, a CIS camera, 16-bit LCD, and significant coding functions.
BK7235 processor – efficiency
Both versions use a self-developed security infrastructure to offer tough security protection for the entire operating system. Aside from the regular security components, the processor also equips the powerful P-384 encryption protocol to access verified algorithms.
It’s worth mentioning that the respective chipset has also qualified for the PSA level 1 safety certification. Hence, it will make useful changes in the OpenHarmony operating system.
Moreover, the processor easily operates and manages common, commercial, and authorized passwords. For instance AES, RSA, ECC, SM2, SM3, SM4, and more. Together, these qualities will help in providing efficient security protection to the IoT and other network devices.
In addition to the magnificent safety functions, the BK7235 chip is eligible for Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.2, and supports various third-party network connections. Hence, the chipset could prove a beneficial implementation for the OpenHarmony community.