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HarmonyOS is a new life for Huawei smartphones and other devices (First Edition)

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In December 2020, Huawei began testing HarmonyOS 2.0 Mobile developer beta on smartphones. These first batch of beta devices are Huawei P40, Mate 30, and MatePad Pro series, models.

Since it’s a continuous process, Huawei kept the program swinging with the launch and release of new beta software updates that added new API support as well other important features for the developers to make applications and understand the IDE environment of the HarmonyOS.

In April, Huawei opened new slots for the testers, under the Developer Open Beta testing campaign that allowed more people to register their eligible devices and get the HarmonyOS 2.0 developer beta build.

The first round of HarmonyOS 2.0 developer open beta software recruitment consists of Huawei Mate X2, Huawei Mate 40 series, Huawei Smart Screen S, and other important flagships.

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On May 9, Huawei further expanded the testing pool with the announcement of the second phase of HarmonyOS 2.0 developer open beta activity. These devices come from Huawei Nova 6, Nova 7, and Nova 8 lineup, and there’s the MatePad 10.8 tablet that also became part of this testing program.

Following the recruitment, all of the enrolled testers received the HarmonyOS 2.0 developer open beta build through OTA software update. These new changes are clearly visible on the user interface of the software that is well appreciated and loved by the consumers who’ve got the chance to test it.

Furthermore, this system software completely supports the GMS (Google Mobile Services) in all regards. So, those who are confused about this can easily upgrade their handsets from EMUI to HarmonyOS because it still supports Android applications for now.

Birth of HarmonyOS:

After the US accused Huawei of spying on their consumers’ data, the European country put a ban on Huawei and restricted the US-based companies from doing business with Huawei. As a result, Google had to pull back the support of Android OS from Huawei’s smartphone, and the overseas users started struggling with the GMS Services.

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In order to solve this problem, Huawei seeking for a permanent solution and started developing HarmonyOS and Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), which currently has over 1.6 million developers around the globe and cross-device services reaching 700 million users monthly active users.

At the annual conference of Huawei- HDC 2019 (Huawei Developer Conference), this Chinese tech firm introduced the HarmonyOS featuring supporting distributed capabilities. In the following year, at HDC 2020 the Chinese tech giant announced HarmonyOS 2.0 with new platform support: Smartphones, tablets, smart wearables, IoT devices, home appliances, and other third-party device makers.

HarmonyOS 2.0 mobile developer beta features:

As the fully independent system software, we surely expecting many changes and new features in the UI as well as features of the HarmonyOS. The company also didn’t disappoint us and installed a full house of changes and features with this new update.

The features and changes list includes-

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  1. New animations
  2. Homescreen decoration
  3. New card system with round corners
  4. Resizable widgets
  5. App transitions
  6. App icon swipe up gesture
  7. Camera app layout
  8. Quick setting panel
  9. New apps: Youku, Sina News, and CCTV
  10. Fixes the problem of inaccurate display of exercises and health steps
  11. Improve Smart Assistant

Still, there’s more to come with the stable rollout. (Read more here)

HarmonyOS Vs EMUI 11:

As this Chinese tech firm gradually expanding HarmonyOS 2.0 mobile open beta activity for other smartphones, users are experiencing various changes in their eligible smartphones. Related to this, users and tipsters start sharing their experience with both system software in terms of many aspects.

Let’s take a glimpse-

To note, that these results are based on the beta software version. However, the performance may further increase with the rollout of the stable HarmonyOS version.

Boot Speed Comparision

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An online video posted by users reveals the boot speed comparison test performed on the MatePad Pro tablet and Mate 40 RS Porsche Design devices.

It shows that HarrmonyOS installed MatePad Pro won with a slightly faster speed against the EMUI 11 installed Mate 40 RS Porsche Design.

App Opening Comparision

A digital user has revealed the app startup speed comparison video of Huawei Mate X2 and Mate 40 Pro with HarmonyOS 2.0 beta 3 versions and EMUI 11 respectively.

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It can be observed from the clip that HarmonyOS can provide slightly better performance than the EMUI 11 in regards to common apps like Weibo, Huawei Browser, and gallery.

App startup fluency Comparision

There’s also the apps start-up fluency comparison video of HarmonyOS 2.0 running on Huawei Mate X2 and EMUI 11 installed on Mate 40 Pro.

This test is concerned with the animation and speed of opening and closing of the app, app response time, and data loading time of Weibo, Kuan, Bilibili, and Peace Elite games respectively.

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It remarked that all apps are opening slightly faster on the EMUI 11 except the Peace Elite, while can’t beat the reloading time on HarmonyOS.

Well, we are not done here as it just a beginning. Still, there is more to reveal about the features, functions, pros, and cons of this system software. (Read More)

How to experience these amazing capabilities:

First of all, you need to own a Huawei smartphone with the last EMUI software version because for other versions (below EMUI 11) it may be a little difficult to pass the eligibility test for beta activity of HarmonyOS 2.0.

Then you have to register for the beta activity and confirm your device enrollment with the official website. After this, you have to wait for the notification from the company, which will come as the test enters your region.

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But Wait! You don’t own any Huawei device and still want to experience the HarmonyOS 2.0, need not worry about it, as Huawei has already found a solution for this. You can install the Huawei DevEco Studio on the computer and use the remote simulator to experience the HarmonyOS 2.0 Beta version.

HarmonyOS not a copy of Android:

As Huawei’s self-developed system software HarmonyOS shows some similarity with the Android-based EMUI 11, it has been sometimes misunderstood as the copy of Android.

Indeed, the kernel of HarmonyOS 2.0 is independently developed, but the Android kernel is still retained in the bottom layer of the system to be compatible with the current Android software ecosystem but it’s different from Android.

By clearing this statement, Huawei has been posted a statement saying, it’s not a replacement for Android nor a copy of iOS, as we are working on this system software for the last 5 years.

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Large scale HarmonyOS rollout scheduled for June:

According to a report Huawei is preparing for internal HarmonyOS 2.0 beta testing for the general Huawei consumers and the company will conduct a large-scale rollout by early June for a bunch of Huawei devices.

Conclusion:

The company is planning to deliver this brand new mobile operating system to over 300 million devices including 200 million smartphones and the rest 100 million devices covering smartwatches, smart bands, smart screen, and other IoT embedded devices in different markets by the end of 2021.

The smartphone will get HarmonyOS 2.0 software via OTA updates while its already supporting the company’s smart screen line, the smart car cockpit, and more. That’s not it, because the company has already decided to launch new devices with pre-installed HarmonyOS.

This OS has made itself acknowledged for several third-party application partners, which are approx 280 in numbers and about 20 hardware companies. These fellow companies already start approaching Huawei for the installment of Harmony OS including the Swiss conglomerate Tissot and Chinese appliance company Midea Group.

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It’s just a beginning, HarmonyOS has a long way to go. But, seeing the current situations we will soon find many other third-party devices with HarmonyOS support. It’s giving a new life to IoT gadgets as well as Huawei smartphones.

Aside from the loss and the damage that has been done from the U.S. entity list and lack of the Google Mobile Services apps, Huawei started preparing for the next scenarios ahead of time and preparing to make its own place in the world of the software industry. And HarmonyOS has proven to be a new life for Huawei smartphones as well as other smartphones device in the ecosystem that will rise again.

Yash is a graduate of computer science and followed his way into journalism, he is interested in various subjects related to technologies and politics. Yash likes to listen classical songs and has a huge library of classical mixes.

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Huawei Mate 50 series gets December 2022 patch

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Huawei is rolling out December 2022 software patch for Mate 50 series smartphones in China. However, it’s just a small patch that correlates with some important optimizations for Mate 50 devices.

According to the changelog, the December 2022 patch for the Huawei Mate 50 series brings system stability optimizations with new improvements to bring better performance.

It’s further revealed that the patch is distributed with HarmonyOS 3.0.0.179patch02 for – Mate 50, Mate 50 Pro, and Mate 50 RS Porsche Design. Since it’s a patch, the OTA will size only 16.26MB. On the other hand, it’s available only for the HarmonyOS 3 version of the Mate 50 lineup.

After upgrading to the latest software patch, a Huawei Mate 50 standard user reported a camera telephoto bug. The user reports that the 10X telephoto zoom lost clarity over the past version.

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The user also posted a video describing this issue. It felt like the camera failed to focus on the subject, similar to Huawei P30 Pro.

A number of users replied this to bug. Saying that it could be an issue with the day and nighttime light arrangements. While some suggest that this could be fixed with the next upgrade.

Huawei Mate 50 December 2022 Software Patch

Performance update:

Last month, Huawei sent a performance improvement update for Mate 50 series devices. According to our report, the phone received a substantial boost in GPU performance with HarmonyOS 3.0.0.168.

A test on the Genshin Impact game revealed that the Huawei Mate 50 Pro delivers frame rate improvements along with the stability of the smartphone.

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To download this software update, Huawei Mate 50 owners can look into the My Huawei app and then tap on the updates section to get the latest firmware version. However, users are recommended to make a backup of important files as a safety precaution.

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Huawei rolling out a SuperHub feature patch

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Huawei is sending an important patch for smartphones in China that comes with improvements for the SuperHub feature. This patch is enabled for smartphones that received HarmonyOS 3.0.0.163 and above.

According to the information, Huawei has not tagged any specific version number with this release. It’s because of its package size, which is 60 MB.

The changelog of the patch brings improvements to the user experience with SuperHub feature for Huawei smartphones. The patch also optimizes pop-up messages in certain scenarios.

The latest software patch for Huawei smartphones will not erase your personal data but we suggest you back up any important data before you proceed to upgrade.

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Post-installation your smartphone will automatically delete the software package. Also, we suggest you charge up your smartphone to support a speedy installation.

SuperHub feature allows you to drag text and images from different apps to SuperHub, where they are temporarily stored, and then drag items to an editing screen with just a tap.

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To use SuperHub:

With SuperHub you can select text, images, or files within an app, touch and hold down on the content until it starts floating, and drag the content to the SuperHub floating window displayed in the upper right corner of the screen.

  • Open an editing screen (for example, a note in Notepad ), touch and hold the SuperHub floating window, and drag all content out. (If the floating window is hidden at the edge of the screen, swipe inward on the screen to bring up the floating window.)
  • Touch the SuperHub floating window to expand it. You can also touch and hold a single item and drag it out.

Past information reveals that this software feature is rolling out in batches and will cover all Huawei smartphones gradually.

How to check for updates:

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You can check for the latest software update via Settings > Software & updates and then tap on Software updates followed by CHECK FOR UPDATES. Once fetched, you need to Download and install the new firmware.

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Youbo launches new OpenHarmony-based UB-RK3566 processor

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OpenHarmony-based UB-RK3566 processor

Youbo Technology cooperation has launched a new OpenHarmony-based UB-RK3566 processor. The chipset is mainly developed for IoT (Internet of Things) applications and smart devices.

According to the latest information, the OpenHarmony-based UB-RK3566 processor supports powerful functioning and brilliant performance on the surface. Besides, it is also eligible for high-end display engines and other technologies.

Further, the latest Youbo chipset is uprooted on an A55 process structure. It holds an ARM G52 2EE GPU and also supports a dual-screen display. Alongside tech-pack elements, the chip also uses a self-developed JPEG decoding microprocessor.

In terms of functions, the UB-RK3566 processor is capable of showcasing 1080 at 60 fps resolution, H0264, and H.265 format encoding, supports dynamic rate, frame rate, resolution adjustment, and many other display-related features.

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On the other hand, the processor can efficiently work in dual-camera scenarios. Ultimately, operators can have a crystal clear image with effective lighting due to the UB-RK3566 chipset.

You can check the major functions, below:

  • High computing power with less consumption: The processor installs a Rockchip RK3566 quad-core 64-bit Cortex-A55 unit and can easily support up to 0.8T computing power. Besides, it improves the battery life of devices
  • Seld-developed display chips: The processor already holds finer display chips to reduce the excessive cost of display components. These chips can bear 2200 x 1650 resolution
  • High-definition display: Since the processor has high-quality display chips, it offers an immersive virtual experience. It also supports HDMI 4K resolution at 60Hz, 1080P resolution at 60Hz, and more
  • Complete display interface: the latest processor supports HDMI2.0 interface, supports dual-channel MIPI DSI,  and can drive a 2.5K LCD screen. It also holds Eink, and can directly drive the ink screen.
  • Rick Interface expansion facilities and Strong network wireless connection.

These functions make the processor compatible with high-end IoT applications and work conveniently without creating any hindrances in performance or functioning.

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