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HarmonyOS Distributed Games: Welcome to the world of cross device gaming

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In 2019, Huawei launched its self developed distributed operating system, HarmonyOS AKA Hongmeng OS. Last year, HarmonyOS 2.0 launched by the company with added new platform supports.

HarmonyOS build upon the foundation of distributed technology that enables the software to establish cross-device connections and provide a seamless user experience. In 2021, Huawei aimed to install HarmonyOS in over 300-400 million devices, these include various smart products such as smartphones, in-car systems, IoT devices as well as home appliances.

The power of distributed technology gives power to the user to manage its interconnected devices and manage them through a single smartphone, without even tapping the screen.

Last December, Huawei unveiled its new S series smart screen, which comes in three different sizes, as well as new features. These smart TVs pre-packs the HarmonyOS 2.0 and supports the new ‘Distributed Games’ feature.

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This feature is receiving a good response from the consumers of these new smart screens and it seems that Huawei has some big plans to expand the distributed games platform to more devices in the future.

Let’s explore the HarmonyOS Distributed Games in detail.

What is HarmonyOS Distributed Games?

HarmonyOS Distributed Games is a key feature of the Huawei smart screen. By using the distributed capabilities, the smartphone’s gyroscope and touch capabilities are used to control the game on the smart screen with a delay of as low as 30 milliseconds.

For example, operations such as changing the direction and turning a vehicle into racing games can be done using a smartphone’s gyroscope and the virtual buttons on the smartphones can work for button oriented games.

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Simply put, the HarmonyOS Distributed Games allows games to run on smart screens and mobile to work as a gamepad.

Why Distributed Games?

Playing games on a large screen means excellent graphics and visual effects that increase the gaming experience. On the other hand, mobile devices have a limited screen size, which cannot be compared to PCs and consoles.

But playing a game on a large screen comes with some challenges including a suitable controller.

Instead of the traditional keyboard, mouse, and joystick can you use your smartphone to control the game running on your smart TV? Guess we now can and there’s no need for you to purchase a new controller.

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Some Challenges for Mobile Phone Distributed Game Control:

With the launch of Huawei Smart Screen X65, the company introduced screen mirroring technology to project the screen mirror of the smart screen to the side of the mobile phone, and then users can control the large screen through mobile phone operations.

So it is possible to use the smartphone to work as a controller and display the visual on the large screen while playing games.

However, this feature has two disadvantages:

1. No feedback: 

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There’s no feedback on teh buttons on the side of the phone. While using the virtual controls, users don’t know where his finger is interacting with the on-screen controls, which doesn’t create a real touch screen experience as smartphones.

2. Only touch system can be used: 

Compared to the physical controllers of PlayStation, Xbox, and other gaming consoles, this virtual control seems more simple and makes users feel boring.

Therefore, the challenge is to create a more friendly and interactive controlling experience for the users that work with large screens.

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The making of HarmonyOS Distributed Games:

After the start of the development of this technology, Huawei engineers come up with a set of theoretical models. These models result that by adopting the most realistic hand positions on the virtual button can be used to provide a stronger sense of interaction.

If the finger touch shape can be displayed on the large screen the user’s touch inputs for large screen games will definitely be greatly improved.

Compared with a built-in display, the virtual pressing of the fingerprint on the large screen and its response can create a more realistic effect and make the user feel more interactive with the game.

Timeline and Launch:

In September last year, the R&D team set the goal and set the final launch time for the smart screen S series to be launched in December. Therefore, there is only three months left for development. Excluding the safety inspection and other processes, there is only real development time left. Next month.

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Difficulties:

The first technical issue is to send the touch inputs obtained by the smartphone to the large screen. Initially, many different operation methods have been tried but they didn’t work.

Eventually, the engineers thought of establishing the connection between the smartphone and the smart screen while being connected on the same network and transmit the touch events between both devices.

The initial results of this experience were very poor and the touch latency delayed for almost 2 seconds, which was useless. However, with different efforts, Huawei finally managed to reduce the touch latency to around 30 milliseconds, which can is hardly noticed under normal use.

In order to make the rendering effect of the finger more realistic, the R&D team conducted a large number of actual control tests, and studied the shape of the finger-clicking on different areas during the interaction through video recording, and developed a set that only needs to be based on the user’s click position. The inverse generation of the algorithm of the finger shape position can be calculated.

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According to the position of the finger on the screen, the left and right hand of the finger can be distinguished, and the information of the current frame will be calculated based on the finger information of the previous frame.

In addition, there is a new problem, that is, in the actual game operation experience, if you tap the screen quickly, your finger will keep flickering, which seriously affects the user experience.

To this end, the development team has added finger shadowing technology, that is, the finger will gradually disappear when it is lifted, and the whole finger will be smoother from pressing to lifting, which improves the sliding feeling of the overall display and enhances the user experience.

The development team also selected hundreds of finger graphics, each of which received feedback from the R&D team, the visual team, and many “experience officers” to optimize the display effect on the large screen.

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Currently, the Distributed Games such as “Let’s Speed ​​Together” and “Need for Crazy Racing” have been officially launched on Huawei’s smart screen application market in China, and more games will be launched in the future.

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Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 receiving HarmonyOS 2.0.0.217 software update

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Huawei is rolling out new optimizations for Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 tablet with HarmonyOS version 2.0.0.217 update in China. However, the company has already served December 2021 HarmonyOS security patch Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 last month.

Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 HarmonyOS 2.0.0.217 changelog discloses that this update brings optimization for touch screen operations on your device. After the installation of the latest version, the overall touch screen experience will be enhanced.

Models getting update are:

  • Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 WiFi Version (WGR-W09)
  • Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 WiFi Version (WGR-W19)
  • Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 (WGR-AN1)

To be mentioned, Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 users need the base HarmonyOS version 2.0.0.213 to upgrade over the latest HM OS 2.0.0.217 version. More information about the update instruction and notest is linked below.

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Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 Last update detail:

In December 2021, Huawei released HarmonyOS 2.0.0.213 software version that brought support for first-generation Huawei M-Pencil with global annotations and one-click extract. Also, it improved the multi-screen collaboration with the mobile phone.  Furthermore, it installed the HarmonyOS security patch released in December 2021 for improved system security of the tablet.

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Update Instruction:

Huawei MatePad Pro users can check and download the update manually by visiting the phone’s Settings, then tap on system & updates, open software updates, and from here select CHECK FOR UPDATES. If an update appears on your device, tap on the download and install option. Keep patience, while the update package is downloading.

On the other hand, users can also request the update through the My Huawei app. To do this, open the My Huawei app, go to update, and follow the on-screen instructions to upgrade over the latest HM OS version.

Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 specs:

Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 launched with a 5nm Kirin 9000 series chip and expands Height 184.7 mm x Width  286.5 mm x Thickness 6.7 mm. This tablet was packed with a HarmonyOS system, 8GB/12GB of RAM, 128GB/256GB/512GB internal storage, 10050mAh battery, and more.

(Source: Huawei)

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December 2021 HarmonyOS update released for Huawei Enjoy 10

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Huawei has dispatched a new HarmonyOS software update for the Huawei Enjoy 10 smartphone that mainly installs the December 2021 security patch. As it fixes different levels of exploits and issues as well as protects the device against threats.

According to the information, Huawei Enjoy 10 December 2021 update arrives with upgraded HarmonyOS version 2.0.0.212 from base version 2.0.0.210 in China. However, alongside security improvements, this update doesn’t bring any other changes made to the system.

The December 2021 HarmonyOS security patch fixes 1 CVE in framework, 2 CVEs in Kernel, 3 CVEs in the system, and 3 CVEs in applications. In addition to this, it also resolves 62 CVEs in the third-party libraries for better system security.

Adapting models: 

  • Huawei Enjoy 10 (ART-AL00x)
  • Huawei Enjoy 10 (ART-AL00m)
  • Huawei Enjoy 10 (ART-TL00x)

Huawei Enjoy 10 December 2021 update

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Speaking about the Huawei Enjoy 1o software system, this smartphone was initially debuted with EMUI 9.1 operating system based on Android 9. Following the launch, the company has not delivered any major software update ahead of HarmonyOS 2.0 rollout.

The clear shows that the HarmonyOS software system has capabilities to support old device systems, which is really impressive. Currently, HarmonyOS is limited to the Chinese market and soon launch for global consumers.

How to check for update:

Huawei Enjoy 10 smartphone users can check the update through phone settings or the My Huawei app. Both of these methods are mentioned below.

To update through Settings, go to Settings, tap on system & updates, tap on software updates, then check for updates. Wait for seconds, while the device is connecting to the server and checking for updates. Once an update appeared, tap on the download option and install it.

Alternatively, you can open the My Huawei app, go to update sections, tap on check for update and follow on-screen instructions to download and install the update.

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Update Note:

Huawei users, we recommend you take a backup of your important data before updating to prevent from data. However, the update doesn’t erase your data but it’s good to take backup. Also, maintain enough storage and battery on your smartphone.

(Source: Huawei)

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Huawei HarmonyOS January 2022 Updates List

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Huawei has released the latest January 2022 HarmonyOS security patch details for its smartphone and tablet devices. However, the rollout of this new security update is about to start meanwhile the December 2021 update is on the move. So, Huawei will dispatch the HarmonyOS updates for a bunch of devices throughout January 2022.

Alongside the monthly update rollout, Huawei has also started preparing for the next major software update – HarmonyOS 3.0. According to the information, HarmonyOS 3.0 beta testing could begin in April and followed by a public beta phase. However, a stable HM 3.0 rollout is likely to start in July 2022.

A few days ago, Huawei has replied to us on the matter of HarmonyOS for global consumers that currently there is no plan for smartphones outside China to upgrade to HarmonyOS. Until then, Huawei users in the overseas markets can enjoy EMUI 12 that looks similar to HarmonyOS.

Amid these discussions, Huawei will continue the rollout of regular HarmonyOS software and security updates to its devices. Also, the company keeps dispatching the major software updates from time to time to improve its models.

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With the HarmonyOS January 2022 updates list, we will keep updated with all the HarmonyOS security and software updates released for Huawei devices this month and brief you about them.

HarmonyOS January 2022 updates

Huawei HarmonyOS January 2022 Updates:

January 10, 2022:

January 12, 2022:

  • Huawei is rolling a new HarmonyOS 2.0.1.195 SP5 software update for the flagship smartphone, Huawei P50 Pro in China. Read more
  • Huawei MatePad 11 tablet users in Europe has started receiving the latest HarmonyOS security update released in the month of December 2021. Read more

January 11, 2022:

  • Huawei has started sending the latest HarmonyOS 2.0 software update for the Nova 3i smartphone that comes with version 2.0.0.140 in China. Read more

January 10, 2022:

  • Honor Tablet V6 is grabbing the December 2021 HarmonyOS security update that fixes several new bugs and vulnerabilities found in the latest software system. Read more
  • Huawei is releasing a new EMUI software update for Huawei P Smart 2021 smartphone that mainly installs December 2021 security patch. Read more

January 8, 2022:

  • Huawei is sending a new HarmonyOS update for Huawei Nova 2s users that brings the December 2021 security patch along with other optimizations and fixes. Read more
  • Huawei is rolling out the first HarmonyOS software update for the Huawei P50 Pocket smartphone. Read more
  • Huawei has started sending the latest HarmonyOS 2.0.0.221 software update for the Huawei Mate X2 foldable smartphone. Read more

January 5, 2022:

  • Huawei is rolling out the latest HarmonyOS 2.0.0.220 software update for Huawei MatePad 10.4 tablet. Read more
  • Huawei is started sending a new HarmonyOS software update for Huawei P50 Pro that comes with the latest version 2.0.0.195 SP5. Read more
  • Huawei has started sending the latest December 2021 HarmonyOS software update for the MatePad 10.8 tablet. Read more
  • Huawei MatePad Pro 10.8 tablet users are installing the December 2021 HarmonyOS software update that brings system and security optimizations. Read more
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