After the 2021 Qualcomm Technology and Cooperation Summit, Zhao Ming, CEO of Honor smartphones said a few things regarding the concerns of the old Honor smartphones and what will happen to them after Honor’s separation from Huawei.
He said that Honor will cooperate with Huawei in terms of providing software support for old Honor smartphone users, including product patches, upgrades, software maintenance, and hardware maintenance.
This explains that Honor will continue to provide software support as well as launching new phones under existing smartphone lineups under independent management.
It’s with mentioning that, Honor’s account and cloud services will be operated and shifted to Honor’s new independent servers. Zhao believes that Honor will choose a more suitable third-party company to cooperate with in the future, which can provide compatibility with various agreements and plans that are suitable for Honor.
These third-party companies also include the Huawei HiLink agreement, Huawei Cloud, etc as well other third-party suppliers of services.
He was also asked about the current condition of Honor’s share in the global smartphone market, said that Honor will no longer limit itself. The previous report suggests that Honor’s smartphone share has been hit after the partition with Huawei and gradually reduce to the lowest in recent months.
On the question of using HarmonyOS, Zhao replied that Honor is free to use any operating system for its smartphones but Android is still our first choice. However, he also mentioned that with the future development of HarmonyOS, it’s still in our box of choices.
Huawei and Skyscanner partners for Petal Search integration
Huawei and Skyscanner, one of the leading global travel marketplace, have formed a partnership to bring various travel services for Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) and Petal Search and Petal Maps. Skyscanner has a global reach and covers over 1000 suppliers that are now integrated into Huawei Mobile Services native applications such as Petal Search and Petal Maps.
The integration of Skyscanner in Huawei devices will allow them to search and compare flights, hotels, and car hire globally and helps you finalize the search.
Petal Search brings you unique recommendations and inspiration features including a travel channel, which highlights offers that can help them to build their own automatic travel experience.
Users can access the services through various features including the Petal Search app, Petal Search webs version, Huawei Assistnatn or simply swipe down on the Huawei smartphones to access the EMUI AI search bar.
Be assured that Huawei will rollout Skyscanner integration on over 40 million Petal Search users in 170 countries, and over 28 million monthly active users of Petal Maps in 160 countries. To be mentioned, the integration feature is currently available for users in Europe but it’ll soon expand widely in the global market.
“We’re pleased to be partnering with Huawei to be powering flight discovery in Petal Search with our industry-leading API. Petal Search users will now be able to find millions of flight combinations to destinations throughout the world, all in the palm of their hands with the most competitive flight prices and fast results. Our collaboration comes at an important time for the travel industry and we’re looking forward to winning both globally and locally together in the coming months and years ahead.” said Sonja Balcer, Director of Affiliate Marketing from Skyscanner.
“As tourism picks up and consumer confidence grows, we think this is the perfect time to encourage consumers to get back out there. We want to support adventurous mindsets by building new and existing partnerships with travel and search brands to help build Petal Search as an efficient and reliable travel companion,” said Jaime Gonzalo, VP of Huawei Mobile Services Europe.
Huawei confirms Leica camera partnership end
Today, Huawei has (via AndroidAuthority) confirmed that the strategic partnership with Leica ended on March 31. This is quite a confirmation that we’ve been waiting for and we’re interested to see what the next camera phone from Huawei will bring for the consumers.
Earlier this day, Xiaomi officially confirmed the kick-off of the strategic partnership with Leica. The well-known camera imaginary enhancing technology company is based in Germany.
Currently, Xiaomi has not confirmed the first device that will feature Leica powered camera system but it’s expected that Xiaomi 12 could be the first one to bring it to the Xiaomi consumers.
Huawei and Leica
Huawei and Leica ran long hand in hand and the journey of these two partners started with the launch of the Huawei P9 in 2016. The match was later followed by the Mate 9 lineup and the consequential models from top Huawei flagships.
Throughout the year of partnership, Huawei and Leica have cobranded launched many phones and enhanced the photography quality for the smartphone users. Huawei P50 series is the last piece of the flagship that launched with Leica-powered camera technologies.
Aside from these, we’re surprisingly waiting for the next Huawei flagship – The mate 50 series that could launch somewhere in July this year. Although, Huawei has not confirmed any such launch but we can expect more camera tech from the Chinese tech maker.
learn more about Huawei Mate 50 in the article linked below.
HarmonyOS and EMUI creator leaving Huawei
It’s surely bad news to hear, that Huawei consumer business group software department president – Wan Chenglu is leaving Huawei. He has been known as the creator and leader of two core Huawei consumer-based software – HarmonyOS and EMUI and it’s heartbreaking to know that he’s making his way out of the Chinese tech giant’s shadow but there’s also an interesting side to this story.
According to the Chinese news sources, Dr. Wang Changlu, creator and leader of Huawei’s HarmonyOS and EMUI has left Huawei and is likely to join Shenzhen Kaihong Digital Industry Development Co., Ltd. The inputs reveal that he’s taking this step to further conduct his research on HarmonyOS operating system and expand the reach of this operating system for both consumer and industrial use cases.
Shenzhen Kaihong Digital Industry Development Co., Ltd. (Shen Kaihong) was established on August 26, 2021. This firm mainly focuses on the research and development of IoT operating systems. According to the listing, Shenzhen Kaihong has reportedly been seeing growth in HarmonyOS operating system in the industry.
The tech maker is one of the top contributors to the HarmonyOS operating system ecosystem and is committed to promoting high-tech companies in consumer IoT and Industry IoT businesses. There’s more, the firm is working closely with Huawei to promote HarmonyOS for the consumer market as well as for the industrial use cases.
If we dive more into this matter, we’ll get to know that Shenzhen Kaihong is a share holder-based firm that has participated in Hubble Technology, a wholly-owned company of Huawei Holding, an investment arm of Huawei.
This makes sense and Wang Chenglu’s participation in this company will further expand the reach of HarmonyOS, which could also be a major development to witness.
Wang Changlu joined Huawei in 1998 and served as initially as President of the Core Network Product Line. Then he took over the ICT software infrastructure. However, his major accomplishment includes being in charge of the HarmonyOS operating system, ecosystem and technology R&D, and lifestyle management.
Furthermore, he has been responsible for EMUI and consumer cloud solutions, as well as consumer cloud, covers for solutions such as 1+8+N. Currently, Huawei has not confirmed such news via its official channel but we’ll keep you posted.
(via – ithome)