On June 2, 2021, Huawei launched its much-awaited operating system – HarmonyOS for mobile devices. This OS promises to provide a seamless cross-device user experience and is designed to rule the era of the internet of everything.
Initially, Huawei introduced HarmonyOS at Huawei Developer Conference 2019 (HDC 19). However, this OS wasn’t vast and at HDC 20, Huawei launched the second version of HarmonyOS with new platforms including:
- Smart wearables
- IoT devices
- In-car system
- Home appliances
- Third-party device
In 2021, Huawei has planned to install HarmonyOS in 300 million devices, which is quite a big aim. To achieve this goal, the company has laid out a HarmonyOS upgrade roadmap, which consists of over 100 smartphones, tablets, and other devices.
Following the launch, Huawei began to send stable HarmonyOS OTA for flagship devices including the followings but the rollout remains limited to the Chinese models:
- Huawei Mate 40 Series
- Huawei P40 Series
- Huawei Mate 30 Series
- Huawei MatePad Pro Series
More importantly, Huawei not only wants to install HarmonyOS in recently launched devices but also on devices way back upto 2016. This is quite impressive in terms of upgrading the whole software system of the respective smartphones, that has old hardware and it’s interesting to see how Huawei gonna do it.
According to Huawei, HarmonyOS is a new paradigm smart operating system that’s designed to ease and enrich your life, facilitating seamless coordination between your devices, while bolstering privacy and security across the board.
This operating system provides a versatile and all-scenario intelligent user experience with its distributed capabilities.
HarmonyOS comes with various new capabilities that make users’ life easier but what makes an Operating System interesting? Well, the answer is ‘its features’ or should I say its ‘new features.
That’s why we are here to explore HarmonyOS features that include and cover various aspects of Huawei devices.
- New Home Screen
- Service Widgets
- Control Panel
- Service Center
- Smart Folder
- HarmonyOS Fonts
- Super Device
- Huawei Share
- Smart Home
- Task Center
- Better Performance
- App Guard
- Collaborative Security
Below the video, you can check a brief introduction of every key feature that provides a better and a fully connected user experience over EMUI or any other smartphone operating system.
Let’s jump into HarmonyOS Features:
First comes new interaction features: Home Screen, Control Center, Service Center
Home Screen is the first view that you get when you unlock your smartphone, HarmonyOS is no different but the company has made subtle changes in the system app icon’s design as compared to EMUI 11. The new system app icons look smoother and better than the ones on EMUI 11.
That’s not it, because these icons now have new swipe-up gesture support. When you swipe up on an app icon, it generates a service widget, which can be resized in:
These widgets come with different types of information according to each application.
These service widgets can also be dragged to a new location or added to your custom home screen. Making the easiest and the most convenient way to organize the on screen elements.
2. Control Panel:
The new Control Panel seems to be the most interactive feature of the HarmonyOS user interface. It works as a unified portal with simple sections of different features and brings maximum usability to its entire layout.
The Control Panel can be accessed by swiping down from the upper-right edge of the screen.
The Control Panel has device control access, which consists of shortcut switches including:
- Music Controller
- Shortcut switches
- Volume controller
- Super Device
- Connected devices
Playing with the control panel is as easy as navigating your smartphone.
3. Service Center:
If you swipe up from the lower left or lower right corner on the screen, the system will lead to the Service Center. This is the place, where all of your collected service widgets are stored and ready to offer access to your desired services.
Service widgets work on the philosophy of “nothing needs to install, use it as you need”. These allow users to see key information through widgets in a very efficient way. These service widgets can be added to the home screen with a simple tap and can be placed anywhere on the home screen.
Service widgets can be shared from one HarmonyOS device to another and enable to share of the on-screen content with the recipient on the other end need not install any app to that view that content.
4. Smart Folder:
HarmonyOS adds support for app categorization and management. By pressing down on a standard folder displays a large folder, on which users can directly access similar apps in a single place. And most interestingly, these apps can be opened by tapping on the thumbnail icons without accessing the folder first.
5. HarmonyOS Fonts:
HarmonyOS brings support for step-free font Weight adjustments and the feature also allows you to adjust the size of the font itself.
Now, let’s move on to the smart features that make your device a super HarmonyOS device.
Super Device shows the real power of HarmonyOS and defines the true meaning of the internet of everything era. This feature is powered by the distributed capabilities of HarmonyOS and allows users to combine different devices to form Super Devices.
With Super Device you can see a clear and easy-to-view map of every nearby trusted device, that you are able to connect.
To establish a connection, you just need to drag and drop the icon of that device to form a super device and control that newly connected device directly from your Super Device.
For instance, Super Device connected to an audio or TV can access display settings, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and volume controller. Users can manage device connections with just a tap of the Super Device button and transfer audio and video playback from your device to other devices.
Huawei Share: Faster file access
Under this label, HarmonyOS brings you the capability to transfer files on cross-device platforms without requiring a data cable. The ease in file sharing is provided by Huawei Share, which increases the file transfer speed and provides faster and secure file sharing between Huawei smartphones, computers, and tablets.
Want to connect your home device and control them from one place? Don’t worry, HarmonyOS got you covered.
This new operating system offers nimble, intelligent operations on household appliances, such as quickly accessing the phone’s network from the connected devices, controlling screenless devices from your phone screen without downloading a corresponding app, and provide direct service access to the connected apps.
With HarmonyOS, you just need to tap your phone against the selected household appliance or bringing your phone into the range of the appliance to access all of its smart features.
For instance, after connecting to the cooking oven, in the recipe widget, the user can find all of the instructions and required ingredient guides for any given recipe.
Seamless Performance features of HarmonyOS:
HarmonyOS 2 comes with all-new operations including smoother and natural touches and swipes experience as compared to EMUI 11. The new system capabilities allow users to enjoy faster images and video loading.
The new Task Center allows apps to travel between different devices on their own without installing them on each and everyone. so that all functions and services are available whenever and wherever they’re needed.
On any device that’s part of a Super Device system, you can see the tasks running on all other devices. If you want a bigger display for mobile gaming, you can simply swipe up and hover to bring up the Overview Screen, and then transfer the game to your Huawei MatePad Pro to continue the fun.
Talking about performance, the HarmonyOS 2 runs even more smoothly than the last generation of EMUI. To be mentioned, a HarmonyOS 2 phone can maintain read/write speeds similar to those of a new phone even after 36 months of use. The operating system works fine even in situations such as very low memory and storage.
With the new DGraphicEngine, HarmonyOS provides better graphics processing and a smoother gaming experience. According to Huawei, a HarmonyOS powered smartphone can run a graphics-intensive game for up to 5.1 hours, and EMUI 11 device (Android) can run it for 4.7 hours, while an iOS-powered device can run 3.9 hours.
Security and Privacy:
Meet the new App Guard:
The App Guard mode is enabled by default, to ensure that all apps subject deep scans for malicious behavior, security vulnerabilities, privacy risks, and other related behaviors while being installed.
This prevents risky apps from being installed and helps to safeguard the secure running environment of the entire operating system.
The new Collaborative Security enables users to add a mobile – Computer collaborative authentication feature and allows you to unlock your phone by entering the phone’s screen unlock password on your Huawei computer when your phone and computer are connected via multi-screen collaboration.
Still, doubting HarmonyOS’s security? Well, here’s something you need to know.
HarmonyOS 2 has been awarded the EAL 4+ certification for information security, as well as the CC EAL 5+ micro kernel security certification. This shows that HarmonyOS provides Multiple high-level security safeguards to protect the safety of your devices in all aspects.
Huawei HarmonyOS Upgrade Plan: Devices and Rollout Time [List]
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.
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.
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
- This plan will first apply to the Chinese models
- This list could be updated
- Global Huawei models could differ from the Chinese model
- Rollout time for global models could be different
To compete with Operating System rulers, Huawei HarmonyOS must gather domestic support
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Honor HarmonyOS Upgrade Plan: Devices and Rollout Time [List]
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.
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:
- Honor 30
- Honor 30 Pro
- Honor 30 Pro+
- Honor 30S
- Honor V30
- Honor V30 Pro
- Honor V20
- Honor V20 Moschino Edition
- Honor Magic 2
- Honor 20
- Honor 20 Pro
- Honor X10
- Honor X10 Max
- Honor Tablet 6
- Honor Tablet X6
- Honor Play 4 Pro
- Honor 30 Youth Edition
- Honor Play 4
Honor Devices that will receive HarmonyOS in the first half of 2022:
- Honor V10
- Honor 10
- Honor Play
- Honor 20S
- Honor Play4T Pro
- Honor 9X
- Honor 9X Pro
- Honor 8X
- Honor 10 Youth Edition
- Honor 20i
- Honor 9
- Honor V9
- Honor Play 3
- Honor Note 10
- Honor Tablet 5 8-inch
- Honor Tablet 5 10.1-inch