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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 HarmonyOS Upgrade Plan: Devices and Rollout Time [List]

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The story of HarmonyOS smartphone testing began on December 16, 2020. At this date, Huawei announced HarmonyOS 2.0 Developer beta testing for a number of old flagships. Initially, HarmonyOS become available in the testing range of Huawei developers and industry partners. The HarmonyOS 2.0 developer beta testing slots for models from Huawei P40, Mate 30, and MatePad Pro series devices.

Post recruitment, Huawei selected and processed the developer beta applications and sent the first HarmonyOS 2.0 developer beta OTA update to select testers.

Since beta testing is a staged process, Huawei conducted and released several betas builds to developers. After three months of internal beta flight, in April, the company expanded HarmonyOS beta testing for more devices such as Mate 40 series, Mate X2, and others, labeled under HarmonyOS 2.0 developer open beta.

In the following month, mid-range smartphones – Huawei Nova 6, Nova 7, and Nova 8 lineups also joined the second phase beta activity in the second round of the Developer Open beta.

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After 6 months of trials and developer testing, Huawei finally made up its mind of sending HarmonyOS on the consumer version of smartphones and it began on June 2.

On June 2, Huawei officially launched HarmonyOS for smartphone devices, a brand new operating system and a successor of EMUI software system, which was based on Android.

HarmonyOS is surely interesting, isn’t it? But the key interesting thing is, which devices will get HarmonyOS software update and when will it start to rollout? Well, Huawei has shared its official roadmap of upgrading old devices with its operating system and it’s detailed below.

This rollout plan has blown my mind as it covers devices that go up to the year 2016, and it’s absolutely insane and beyond my words. This is surely exciting news for the Huawei consumers and it reflects that Huawei wants to change all of the Huawei devices (launched in the past) on HarmonyOS.

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Here, you can check all of the information about the HarmonyOS upgrade plan, timeline, and rollout devices.

Devices that will get HarmonyOS from June 2, 2021:

  • Huawei Mate 40
  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 40 Pro+
  • Huawei Mate 40 RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate 40E
  • Huawei Mate X2
  • Huawei P40
  • Huawei P40 4G
  • Huawei P40 Pro
  • Huawei P40 Pro Plus
  • Huawei Mate 30 Pro 4G
  • Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G
  • Huawei Mate 30E Pro 5G
  • Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate 30 4G
  • Huawei Mate 30 5G
  • Huawei MatePad Pro WiFi
  • Huawei MatePad Pro 5G

Devices that will get HarmonyOS from the third quarter of 2021:

  • Huawei Mate Xs
  • Huawei Mate 20
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 20 RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G
  • Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G Lohas Edition
  • Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G Vitality Edition
  • Huawei Nova 8
  • Huawei Nova 8 Pro
  • Huawei Nova 8 Pro 4G
  • Huawei Nova 7 5G
  • Huawei Nova 7 Pro 5G
  • Huawei Nova 6
  • Huawei Nova 6 5G
  • Huawei Nova 6 SE
  • Huawei MatePad 10.8 inches
  • Huawei MatePad 10.4 inches
  • Huawei MatePad 5G 10.4 inches

Devices that will get HarmonyOS from the fourth quarter of 2021:

  • Huawei Smart Screen V 55 2021
  • Huawei Smart Screen V 65 2021
  • Huawei Smart Screen V 75 2021
  • Huawei Smart Screen V 85 2021
  • Huawei Smart Screen S Pro 55
  • Huawei Smart Screen S Pro 65
  • Huawei Smart Screen S Pro 75
  • Huawei Smart Screen S 55
  • Huawei Smart Screen S 65
  • Huawei Smart Screen S 75
  • Huawei Smart Screen X 65
  • Huawei P30
  • Huawei Mate 20 X 4G
  • Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
  • Huawei Mate X
  • Huawei P30 Pro
  • Huawei Nova 5 Pro
  • Huawei Enjoy 20 Pro 5G
  • Huawei Enjoy Z 5G
  • Huawei Enjoy 20 Plus 5G
  • Huawei Maimang 9
  • Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8-inch
  • Huawei MediaPad M6 8.4-inch
  • Huawei MediaPad M6 Turbo Edition
  • Huawei Enjoy Tablet 2

Devices that will get HarmonyOS from the first half of 2022:

  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei P20 Pro
  • Huawei P20
  • Huawei Nova 4
  • Huawei Nova 3
  • Huawei Nova 5i Pro
  • Huawei Nova 5z
  • Huawei Nova 5
  • Huawei Nova 4e
  • Huawei Maimang 8
  • Huawei Enjoy 9S
  • Huawei Nova 5i
  • Huawei Enjoy 10 Plus
  • Huawei Mate 9
  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design
  • Huawei P10
  • Huawei P10 Plus
  • Huawei Nova 2s
  • Huawei Enjoy 10
  • Huawei Enjoy 10s
  • Huawei Enjoy 9 Plus
  • Huawei Nova 3i
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 inches
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4 inches
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro 10.8 inches
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 Youth Edition 10.8 inches
  • Huawei MediaPad M5 Youth Edition 8 inches
  • Huawei Enjoy Tablet
  • Huawei Smart Screen V55i
  • Huawei Smart Screen V65i
  • Huawei Smart Screen V 65
  • Huawei Smart Screen V 65 2019
  • Huawei Smart Screen V 76 2019

Note:

  1. This plan will first apply to the Chinese models
  2. This list could be updated
  3. Global Huawei models could differ from the Chinese model
  4. Rollout time for global models could be different

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To compete with Operating System rulers, Huawei HarmonyOS must gather domestic support

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China’s ITC or software market level is far behind the US software market. This difference is really big and cant’ be balanced with a single attempt. Many Chinese companies with domestic technologies like Huawei have been squashed by the U.S.

The global chip shortage issue isn’t hidden from any industry and smartphone chips have become the main weakness in the industry. Expertise is still finding the solutions to the problems. However, chip shortage isn’t the only problem, the imposed US sanctions can make the domestic software market and technologies extinct at any time.

Software Market Status:

Moving ahead to the software industry that generally refers to the operating system, including OS, databases, middleware, and programming languages are also stuck. Where the server system is dominating by Linux, the smartphone industry has been captured by American firms such as Apple and Google.

As a matter of fact, a Baidu report reveals that Windows operating system for computers accounts for 89.79% of the market in the Mainland. Furthermore, the macOS of Apple has 6.225% shares in the Chinese market. Same with the other software business like databases, middleware, and programming languages, is ruled by the forging companies.

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If we discuss in the figures, Oracle has the major share of the Chinese market for database services. Domestic consumers pay millions of amounts as a service charge. Certainly, it’s a big share for small domestic companies that pays more than half the amount for rental services.

 

The advancement in cloud computing, 5G, and AI (artificial intelligence) widens the application scope for IoT devices. These are future-oriented technologies that will soon incorporate into any network services. Additionally, Huawei’s “Kunpeng Computing Industry Development White Paper” mentioned, the global computing industry investment will reach 1.14 trillion USD in the next three years.

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Not to mention, China is the world’s largest commuting industry with its huge populations and tech companies. If its software market remains weak, there is no room to grow the computing industry.

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Besides, the ratio of domestic software and independent intellectual property rights in China is only single digits, which is about 5% or 6%. Other fields may not be the same, but in software, the number is certainly small. There can be two possible situations, first, the future development space is large, and second is the companies that are working in this industry are small.

Market Competition:

Big names such as Microsoft have great influence, even if they focus on a single industry, domestic companies can’t compete against them. After Red Hat, which writes Linux systems, is acquired by IBM, the annual sales are billions of US dollars. Besides, Oracle’s annual revenue registered around ten million USD in the database industry.

Competing against the companies with this much earning and resources is actually difficult for startup companies or small businesses. This low corporate revenue flow will lead to insufficient investment in all aspects. The major companies are reluctant to engage in the research and development of primary software such as operating systems and databases.

Why Domestic Talent isn’t Participating?

The reason is simple, there is a severe shortage of basic software talents in China. Although Chinese academic produces millions of graduates each year, they are mainly engaged in Internet application software, including games, etc. There are only a few thousand people who are willing to work for the development of the underlying operating system.

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Moreover, some universities even remove the required courses of operating systems and turn them into elective courses. Now the problem has matured so gravely resulting in no investment, no market, insufficient investment, and gaps in personnel training, and more. The talents are not only missing out on opportunities for the development of the digital economy but there are also welcoming noteworthy risks.

Huawei HarmonyOS needs Domestic Support:

Being one of the shining software companies in China, Huawei and Euler have joined hands with the industry to promote the development of the domestic basic software ecosystem. Speaking of the resources of the company, it has series of Kirin chips, about 180,000 employees, thousands of software engineers, and top 100 software and information technology services.

However, after the US put the company in its entity list, Google withdrawal its support, and the company brought the HarmonyOS operating system. At present, the company has released the HarmonyOS 2.0 that nearly installed over 100 million devices. Meanwhile, the company announces the installation of this software in 300 million devices by the next year.

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As of now, HarmonyOS operating system has 5,000 partners of 90 companies, also has other basic software projects-openEuler established in 2019. But, both – HarmonyOS and Euler are in the developing stage, there is more work to do in the coming years. For more stabilization of the company’s software, Huawei is looking for regions and industries that are least controlled by the US.

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The company believes that HarmonyOS operating system and other domestic software must to deep-rooted in China as well as in the global market. With the support of domestic talents, the company and the domestic software will soon get recognition in the global market.

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Honor HarmonyOS Upgrade Plan: Devices and Rollout Time [List]

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Huawei has officially unveiled its new operating system HarmonyOS to the world, as it promises to deliver cross-device capabilities among different platforms. This year, Huawei has planned to cross the mark by installing HarmonyOS in 300 million devices, these include both new and old models of smartphones, tablets, IoT devices, smartphone home devices, in-car systems, and other third-party devices.

Last year, Honor became an independent firm and now planning to return to the smartphone market with a number of new products.

However, Honor device users are also concerned about their future and existing device owners are also interested to receive HarmonyOS operating system update.

But don’t worry Honor phone users, you may be out of Huawei’s leadership but you’ll still be cared for by the company in terms of software support.

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Because we now have a confirmed list of Honor devices that will upgrade with HarmonyOS. Similar to Huawei devices, the list also includes the oldest node of the device possible to support HarmonyOS features.

So, without further ado, let’s jump into this section and know which devices will receive HarmonyOS software updates and when.

Honor devices that will receive HarmonyOS fourth quarter of 2021:

  1. Honor 30
  2. Honor 30 Pro
  3. Honor 30 Pro+
  4. Honor 30S
  5. Honor V30
  6. Honor V30 Pro
  7. Honor V20
  8. Honor V20 Moschino Edition
  9. Honor Magic 2
  10. Honor 20
  11. Honor 20 Pro
  12. Honor X10
  13. Honor X10 Max
  14. Honor Tablet 6
  15. Honor Tablet X6
  16. Honor Play 4 Pro
  17. Honor 30 Youth Edition
  18. Honor Play 4

Honor Devices that will receive HarmonyOS in the first half of 2022:

  1. Honor V10
  2. Honor 10
  3. Honor Play
  4. Honor 20S
  5. Honor Play4T Pro
  6. Honor 9X
  7. Honor 9X Pro
  8. Honor 8X
  9. Honor 10 Youth Edition
  10. Honor 20i
  11. Honor 9
  12. Honor V9
  13. Honor Play 3
  14. Honor Note 10
  15. Honor Tablet 5 8-inch
  16. Honor Tablet 5 10.1-inch

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