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.
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.
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-
- New animations
- Homescreen decoration
- New card system with round corners
- Resizable widgets
- App transitions
- App icon swipe up gesture
- Camera app layout
- Quick setting panel
- New apps: Youku, Sina News, and CCTV
- Fixes the problem of inaccurate display of exercises and health steps
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HarmonyOS Multi Camera Mode: Everything you need to know
At present, Huawei HarmonyOS is one the most favored operating system to capture headlines in the software industry. There are so many things that grabbed our attention like its features, rollout process, markets, update schedules, users experience, and so on. Alongside the market competition, the Huawei device holders are also keeping their eyes on these things.
The reason is its amazing distributive capabilities and features that make excite users. Over this, the Chinese tech giant continuously adding more delightful features that make users think- WOW! we can also do this. In this article, we are going to discuss one of the HarmonyOS exclusive features called- multi-camera mode.
Which device cloud use multi-camera mode:
HarmonyOS 2.0 version 18.104.22.168 officially installed the multi-camera mode on eligible smartphones. The flagships device, which has been updated over this version can use this photography mode. We can count 20 devices including the Huawei P50 series, Mate X2, Mate 40 series, P40 series, Mate30 series, Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6-inch, etc for receiving this camera mode by this time.
As of now, it’s only available for Chines models. You can match this update version on your smartphones if you have already installed it, will be able to use this feature.
Where to Find: Under the same WiFi or Hotspot users can find the multicamera mode on the camera app. Just select your friend’s device after opening the camera preview and you can start shooting the scene or whatever you have planned.
What is HarmonyOS multi-camera mode:
The recently added multi-camera mode lets the user access the camera on other HarmonyOS devices during the video shoot. In means, a user can access the camera of other users with the same version for clicking snaps or recording videos in a certain range.
In other words, the new feature allows you to connect multiple HarmonyOS devices including smartphones and tablets simultaneously and control their camera. However, they must connect with the same Wi-Fi network. When the connection is established, the user can record videos from various views through one device using the default camera app.
Additionally, users could remotely control the camera on other devices using a single smartphone. It allows multi-angle shooting at the same time using different devices. The users that are often involved in video shooting such as vloggers, videographers, social media influencers, etc will feel blessed after having this multi-mode.
Let discuss this mode more deeply-
Benefits of having multi-camera mode:
Let do a point-to-point comparison and understand what this mode has brought us. Suppose a scenario that you are shooting a video with your friends somewhere in between lake or sea enjoying surfing, paddling a sea kayak, or any other sport. We’ll discuss two situations, the first one with normal camera mode, and the second one with multi-camera mode.
In the first condition, you and recoding a group video from multiple angles using two or more cameras on a smartphone or tablet. In this condition, all you can do is to shoot one scene from different devices placed at different angles. Afterward, you have to merge those videos and set the order using other video editing tools. It’s not only hectic work but time-consuming too.
This situation can be more simplistic with the HarmonyOS multi-camera mode. If all devices are on the latest HarmonyOS version, all you have to do is to set the device at the angles you want to recode video from. Now, turn on the multi-camera mode and recode the seen simultaneously in one decision. Furthermore, you can also switch in between the back and forth during the record. No after recoding work, no video editing tool, all is to just to set angles and shoot the video. Isn’t it amazing?
Nowadays, the multi-camera mode isn’t a big surprise with the latest technology. It’s a come thing is moving, web series, variety shows, daily soaps, even in short moving. This multi-angle view lets the audience experience the same scene from different respective and brings a more engaging and enjoyable experience.
Smartphone with multi-camera modes is quite tricky and surprising. Although, shooting the same scene with a different smartphone simultaneously can capture multi-angle scenes, control them was still a big issue. HarmonyOS multi-camera mode is the answer to the question that makes controlling all device the device connected under the same WiFi network easily.
Huawei’s and Photography Features:
Huawei smartphones are well known for their camera capabilities and modes. The Huawei P50 lineups are the most recent example of it. The captured shots from the device present vivid details of the object is doesn’t matter how far or close it is. moving ahead, its 100x zooming ability can reflect any object just in front of you. (Read Here)
The P50 lenses are already amazing, are attracting users to forget about other spaces. Adding to this, the company also brings the ability to switch between videos without terminating them with Nova 9. It’s said since Huawei P9 the company started to boost up its camera technology, and now the result is in front of us.
Overall this camera mode is one of the coolest features that HarmonyOS provides. On top of this, Huawei Mate 50 is still in line that’ll debut in the first half of 2022. After, receiving these more than amazing features users have high expectations from the company. Besides, it haven’ made us disappointed even in this severe situation. It’ll be interesting to see, what’ll the company bring next.
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.