On January 12, at 2021 Science and Technology Billboard, cosponsored by Sina Technology, Huawei software chief said to have to say some important things to critics and the peoples who say HarmonyOS AKA Hongmeng OS is not different than Android and iOS.
Wang Chenglu, Software Chief at Huawei Consumer Business Software Department said the emergence of Hongmeng OS is not an alternative option to respond to US sanctions. Also, Hongmeng OS is not a copy of Android, nor it’s a copy of iOS that is solely designed for smartphones. It’s truly a panoramic operating system for the future of the internet of things or you can call it the internet of everything era.
Wang revealed that global smartphone shipments continue to decline since 2018, and it dropped about 3% in 2019. Due to teh pandemic, the shipment declined with a big margin in 2020, even it’s not confirmed when the market will recover.
Since 2018, the screen time of smartphone owners stabilized at 4 to 5 hours (normal). All this information indicates that the development of the entire smartphone-based mobile internet industry has reached a very important transitional period.
Initially launched at Huawei Developer Conference 2019, HarmonyOS is Huawei’s self-developed operating system that aims to provide a seamless experience across all Huawei devices.
He also mentioned that the ecosystem of smartphones is very prosperous, and there are very few apps on smartwatches, TVs, and cars. The core is that the system on each hardware device is completely fragmented. There are as many as 20 or 30 that we are familiar with. This makes it very troublesome for developers to build an application based on other hardware platforms. Teh workload of adapting to the platform is very large.
Why HarmonyOS was built?
The main aim of HarmonyOS is to use a system to solve all IoT hardware equipment problems.
“The outside world may speculation whether Huawei developed the Hongmeng system because of US sanctions but I want to tell you that it’s not the case.”
Wang said that the actual project development of Hongmeng OS was established in May 2016, when Huawei was thinking about smartphones. After the industry reaches its peak, what should the industry do in the future? With such a big range of devices as Huawei, it is impossible to put all the ecosystem foundations in other people’s systems. These two issues prompted the birth of the Hongmeng OS.
Cross platform, Easy to develop:
Huawei aims to achieve the use of one system to meet the system requirement of all large and small hardware. For consumers, when using a variety of hardware, it can be as simple as using a smartphone. For developers, once developed, the HarmonyOS app can be used on multiple devices without recompiling it for different platforms.
HarmonyOS Aim for 2021:
Huawei revealed that the goal is to install HarmonyOS on 200 million devices, maybe more in 2021. More importantly, Hongmeng OS will also be opened for third-party equipment makers that will launch upto 100 million devices with HarmonyOS. Adding all together, the HarmonyOS hardware product base could reach upto 300 to 400 million units in 2021.
At HDC 2020, Huawei unveiled the 2.0 version of HarmonyOS. With this version, the company added more platform support including smartphones, smartwatches tablets, and more.
Later in December 2020, the Chinese tech giant released the first mobile developer Beta of HarmonyOS. Its first hand-on video shows that the user interface of the software is the same as Android-based EMUI. However, the internal architecture of the HarmonyOS is now changed to provide faster processing. The company later confirmed that it’ll also change the UI of HarmonyOS once it completes the testing phase.
(Source – Sina Tech)
These 63 Huawei devices received HarmonyOS 3 so far [Details]
According to the information released by Huawei, HarmonyOS 3 is rolled out 56 stable versions, 3 public beta, and 4 closed beta sessions, making a total of 63 active devices.
The details reveal that these devices include smartphones, tablets, smart screens, smart speakers, and smartwatches. This is one of the biggest upgrade procedures in any smart device ecosystem.
- P50 Pro
- P50 Pro Collector’s Edition
- P50 Pocket
- P50 Pocket Art Custom Edition
- Mate Xs 2
- Mate Xs 2 Collector’s Edition
- Mate X2
- Mate X2 4G
- Mate X2 Collector’s Edition
- Mate 40
- Mate 40 Pro 4G
- Mate 40 Pro
- Mate 40 Pro+
- Mate 40 RS Porsche Design Collector’s Edition
- Mate 40 RS Porsche Design
- Mate 40E
- Mate 40E Pro
- Mate 40E 4G
- P40 4G
- P40 Pro
- P40 Pro+
- Nova 10
- Nova 10 Pro
- Nova 9
- Nova 9 Pro
- Nova 8
- Nova 8 Pro 5G
- Nova 8 Pro 4G
- Mate 30
- Mate 30 5G
- Mate 30 Pro
- Mate 30 Pro 5G
- Mate 30 RS Porsche Design
- Mate 30E Pro 5G
- Mate Xs
- MatePad Pro 12.6 2021
- MatePad 11
- MatePad Pro 10.8 2021
- MatePad Pro 10.8
- MatePad Pro 5G 10.8
- MatePad 10.8
- Smart Screen V75 Pro
- Smart Screen V65 Pro
- Smart Screen V98
- Smart Screen V75 Super
- Smart Screen V85 2021
- Smart Screen V75 2021
- Smart Screen V65 2021
- Smart Screen V55 2021
- Sound X NEW
- Sound X 2021
- Sound Joy
- AI Speaker 2e
- Nova 9 SE
- Watch 3
- Watch 3 Pro
- Nova 7 5G
- Nova 7 Pro 5G
- Nova 6
- Nova 6 5G
However, we’re only halfway through, as plenty of old phones are waiting to get HarmonyOS 3. Including the legendary flaghip – P30 series and Mate 20 series.
HarmonyOS 3 comes with a number of new features including better Large folders with more layouts. On the other hand, it has system optimizations for better system performance. Furthermore, there are new security features that are designed to provide you with maximum safety and privacy.
Huawei Enjoy 50 receives HarmonyOS 18.104.22.168
According to the changelog, HarmonyOS 22.214.171.124 update for Huawei Enjoy 50 is fetching new system stability improvements along with better performance. Yet, users first have to download HarmonyOS 126.96.36.199 to upgrade to the latest version.
Recently, Huawei also sent EMUI 188.8.131.521 for Enjoy 9e with a number of new additions. The upgrade is released during the rollout for Enjoy 50.
Huawei Enjoy 50:
In June, Huawei Enjoy 50 launched with a 6.75-inch screen size, 16.7 million colors, TFT LCD type, and HD+ resolution (1600 x 720 pixels). The phone measures 168.3mm in length, 77.7mm in width, 8.98mm in thickness, and 199 grams in weight. There are three colors to choose from – Crystal Blue, Pearl White, and Midnight Black.
It brings dual rear camera system consisting of a 13-megapixel main camera (f/1.8 aperture) and a 2MP depth-of-field camera (f/2.4 aperture). The rear camera has modes of Normal photo, portrait photo, professional mode, and panorama mode.
The latest software update for Huawei Enjoy 50 is expanding in batches and may take some to cover all of the available models. We suggest you make a backup of important files, to prevent unnecessary data loss.
Also, make sure your smartphone is not rooted and updated to the latest HarmonyOS firmware.
Huawei Mate 50 series gets December 2022 patch
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 184.108.40.206patch02 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.
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.
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 220.127.116.11.
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.
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.