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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HarmonyOS 3.0 shuffles status bar icons, check comparison with HarmonyOS 2.0
Huawei is conducting HarmonyOS 3.0 developer beta run on smartphones and the company has made some shuffling in the status bar icons of the software. Although, the exchange was minor but it says a lot about Huawei’s intention of making the OS perfect as it now looking into deeper roots and removing all of the weak angles.
Coming to the status bar shuffle, Huawei has changed the position of some icons from left to right in the HarmonyOS 3.0. For instance, the WiFi icons are now moved toward the right, while the clock has been shifted to the left along with the notification icon. There are also some icons that have been removed from the status bar, which are no longer required to show.
Comparing these changes to HarmonyOS 2.0.
HarmonyOS 2.0 has WiFi and notification icons on the left while keeping the rest of the icons on the right. As you can see, the clock has had been on the right side of the status bar.
The changes in position might be related to the feedback from consumers. However, it’s not a final image of the software. As it will continuously be improved on the road to begin public beta testing for more Huawei smartphone users.
Thereafter, feedback will further shape HarmonyOS 3.0 for the final release.
A week ago, Huawei began registration of HarmonyOS 3.0 developer beta for the public Huawei smartphone users. This enables the phone owners to jump into the beta program stage and download the latest HarmonyOS 3.0 developer beta firmware.
According to the information, Huawei is still registering smartphone owners in China for HarmonyOS 3.0 developer beta testing until July 15. Hereafter, the company will continue to evaluate and send beta builds for the registered Huawei devices under the beta testing phase.
Currently, the Huawei HarmonyOS 3.0 developer beta is began testing on the following models: P50, P50 Pro, P50 Pocket, Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro, Mate 40 Pro 4G, Mate 40 Pro+, Mate 40 RS Porsche Design. Huawei tablet: MatePad Pro 12.6-inch 2021 model.
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Huawei May 2022 HarmonyOS update rolling for Honor 9X series
Honor 9X series which consists of the standard 9X model and the Pro variant is finally receiving the May 2022 security update. The update is rolling out in batches and will gradually expand among the corresponding device users.
The latest firmware is upgraded from the HarmonyOS 188.8.131.52 version and appears as 184.108.40.206. Moreover, it is only compatible with specific models of the Honor 9X series. Hence, users must check the device version and model, before installing the update.
- Honor 9X (HLK-AL00)
- Honor 9X (HLK-AL00a)
- Honor 9X Pro (HLK-AL10)
Users holding Honor 9X series smartphones must note that apart from increasing the system security and stability, the latest May 2022 update does not mingle any new changes. Yet, it mends the common issues and exploits of the system, resulting in smooth functioning of the device.
- Incorporates May 2022 security patch that enhances system security.
How to Update Honor 9X Series?
Although the OTA update is on its way, you can try the manual trick to grab the software. Just go to the Settings, and click on the System & Updates. Further, tap on the Software Updates followed by the Check for Updates.
Let the phone connect to the server, and bring the latest update on the screen. To the available update, hit the Download and Install button. Thereafter, we recommend users let the system optimize the new application so that the device could run efficiently.
Honor 9X series
There isn’t much difference between the classic 9X and the Honor 9X Pro smartphone. Both the device features a 6.59-inch LCD panel and appeared with the Android 9 system on the consumer platform.
Besides, both smartphones sport a tri-cam plateau on the back side. This plateau gives space to a 48MP prime shooter, an 8MP ultrawide lens with a 120-degree angle, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front side, the devices display a motorized pop-up camera of 16MP.
Huawei Enjoy 20 Plus 5G gets June 2022 HarmonyOS update
The 5G capable smartphone – Huawei Enjoy 20 Plus has started grabbing a new software update that integrates the June 2022 security patch. The firmware is carrying the latest HarmonyOS version 220.127.116.11, updated from HarmonyOS 18.104.22.168.
According to the information, the new June 2022 update for Huawei Enjoy 20 Plus handset enhances the system security. Consequently, it shields the core structure of the device in order to protect it from minor bugs and issues.
Apart from these improvements, the update also increases the system stability and boosts the performance level of the device. Thus, making the smartphone system more comprehensive and responsive to the users.
Currently, the update is rolling out in batches, which indicates that it will take a long while to approach all the devices. In the meantime, users can try the manual method to reach the new update by navigating to the phone’s Settings, followed by System & Updates, and Software Updates.
Further, tap on the Check For Updates and wait for the phone to get the latest update for you. Thereafter, click on the Download & Install option, and continue the installation procedure.
Models receiving updates:
- Huawei Enjoy 20 Plus 5G (FRL-AN00a)
- Huawei Enjoy 20 Plus 5G (FRL-TN00)
New Software Detail:
- Latest Version: Huawei Enjoy 20 Plus 5G users getting HarmonyOS 22.214.171.124
- Changelog: Updated to the security patch released in June 2022 for improved system security
Huawei Enjoy 20 Plus 5G
The round-mounted camera smartphone featuring a 6.63-inch IPS LCD screen appeared in 4 shiny colorways. Showing a battery capacity of 4200mAh with fast charging of 40W, Enjoy 20 Plus has been an iconic model in the Enjoy lineup.
The device captures a 48MP primary lens, with an 8MP ultrawide shooter, and a 2MP macro sensor. On the front side, it packs a motorized pop-up selfie camera of 16 megapixels.
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