HarmonyOS vs iOS vs Android: Here are the differences
At Huawei Developer Conference 2020, Huawei unveiled HarmonyOS 2.0 version that supports new device platforms. On January 12 at a Sina 2020 Technology Billboard conference, Wang Chenglu, Software Chief at Huawei Consumer Business Software Department said that the company has aimed to install its operating system on 300 to 400 million devices in 2021.
Wang also replied to critics of HarmonyOS by saying that the HongmengOS is not a copy of Android or iOS. Wang mentioned that HarmonyOS (Hongmeng OS) has vast opportunities in the internet of everything era.
To make things clear, Wang also suggested the key difference between all three of the software systems – Huawei HarmonyOS’ vs Apple’ iOS vs Google’s Android. The comparison mainly shows us the scope of HarmonyOS in the industry, its advantages/disadvantages, as well as platform support.
HarmonyOS vs iOS vs Android
Hardware platform: In addition to the mobile phone, it can also be mounted on many IoT devices like TV, cars, smart home appliances
Growth Area: IoT devices have great potential
Advantages: Open source, fluency, and distributed capabilities
Disadvantages: Newborn system in growing age
Developers develop apps: One-time development, multi-end adaption capability
Hardware platform: Mobile phone
Growth area: limited
Developers develop apps: Individual adaptation
Hardware platform: Mobile phone
Growth area: limited
Advantages: Open source
Disadvantages: Fragmentation, stuttering
HarmonyOS mobile developer beta:
In December 2020, Huawei launched the Beta version of HarmonyOS 2.0 for developers in China. The company initially opened beta testing for Huawei P40, Mate 30, and MatePad Pro devices.
Huawei HarmonyOS 2.0 system is the first distributed operating system that is built to provide a full-scenario ecosystem experience. It supports multi-screen collaboration features, fast network access, adaptive UX for different platforms, one-time deployment, and more.
HarmonyOS 3 expanding for Huawei Watch GT 3 series users
HarmonyOS 3 for Huawei Watch GT 3 series is expanding in the global market. It allows more Watch GT 3 series owners to install the new features and start using them right away.
Last month, Huawei began to release HarmonyOS 3 for Huawei Watch GT 3 Chinese models. Within a few days, the company rolled out this upgrade for the global market. The software update for Huawei Watch GT 3 series brings many new features, which aim to improve the smartwatch.
If you want to download this software, open the Huawei Health app and then tap on the update section to grab new firmware. According to the information, this major upgrade has an OTA package size of 90 megabytes. You should know that the update package transfer may take some time and installation.
Let’s take a look at the latest features.
HarmonyOS 3 for Huawei Watch GT 3 comes with new style watch faces. You can take a photo of your outfit and upload it with your phone to match your outfit and colors.
There’s another interesting watch face called, Kaleidoscope. It enables one to set a personalized watch face with an image from Gallery and make it transform into a kaleidoscopic effect with the crown’s rotation. Also, it has a new arc motion effect when you scroll through the watch face selection list.
Furthermore, the flashlight now has more colors along with a flashlight mode that will help you to access the feature more conveniently.
Quick replies are getting new optimizations, you can now send quick replies to social apps including Line, Viber, and Instagram directly from your smartwatch. This function supports EMUI and Android devices (other than HarmonyOS).
Moreover, the Huawei Watch GT 3 series is getting a new Flashlight and lock screen short switches to the shortcut menu. Lastly, there’s a new “Connect” new phone option in the Bluetooth menu under Settings.
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Huawei AITO M5 and M5 EV will get HarmonyOS 3
During the Huawei P60 series launch event, Huawei Smart Car Business Cheif, Yu Chengdong announced that all AITO smart car models will get HarmonyOS 3.0 operating system by the end of this month.
HarmonyOS 3 for these AITO M5 cars will bring new features including a super home screen and smart car search. The net recommendation score of Huawei M5 car owners is 86.4%
Huawei also announced that the M5 and M5 EV high-end autonomous driving versions will launch in April, which won’t need high-precision maps. Yu Chengdong said that Huawei should be far ahead in the field of the smart cockpit and smart driving.
HarmonyOS 3.1 launched with brand new lock screen
Today, Huawei launched HarmonyOS 3.1 and Huawei P60 series is the first smartphone to pack this new HarmonyOS operating system with a brand lock screen feature.
Yes, HarmonyOS 3.1 allows users to customize the lock screen with new options and always-on-display features. This version supports 3D dynamic weather widgets, which enable you to easily obtain time, weather, date, notifications, and other information with AOD.
This new HarmonyOS software also has a new software user experience designed for Huawei devices and it also supports new camera optimizations.
HarmonyOS 3.1 launched with an improved security and privacy system. It provides users with full lifecycle security control for background pop-up windows, hidden applications, background task execution, and more.
According to Huawei, the HarmonyOS operating system deleted over 3.6 million malicious applications and 200 million malicious attacks every day. This is a step to ensure that the smartphone remains safe in all conditions.
Additionally, HarmonyOS 3.1 lets you enjoy amazing animations that weren’t part of HarmonyOS 3.0. The addition of these new features takes the entire user experience to the next level. Also, there are minor tweaks that are always ready to be explored.
Aside form Huawei P60 series, Huawei will also roll out this upgrade for more users very soon.