On May 18, Huawei held the HarmonyOS Connect event, where the top officials from the company delivered the use cases and benefits of HarmonyOS and briefed the industry influencers to strengthened the HarmonyOS ecosystem.
In this line, the company is accelerating the Huawei HarmonyOS rollout and trying to finish it as soon as possible. And the company is set to launch HarmonyOS for smartphones on June 2.
However, this launch date will only mark the start of Huawei’s aim at installing HarmonyOS in 300 million devices and capture a large portion of the overall operating system market.
16% Shares: A Challenge
Talking about Huawei’s business, it’s wide and divided into segments, which include consumer business, cloud business, and ICT technology, etc. But why, it’s making hard efforts in this software segment.
Because Huawei wants to expand its vastness outside of the hardware prowess and make a complete package of software and hardware solutions to the consumers and customers.
And recently, Huawei has set its eye on the operating system market, which is to acquire 16 percent shares of the overall operating system market share.
Regarding this statement, the company explains, it’s essentials for an underlying platform such as operating systems, software usage to cover the market shares. As the most core decide its success and survival in the technical industry.
How HarmonyOS is involved:
During the Huawei Developer Conference 2019, Huawei introduced HarmonyOS AKA Hongmeng OS, a brand new operating system born on the definition of distributed technologies and bring a new user experience for the users.
At HDC 2020, HarmonyOS 2.0 brought new platform support including smart wearables, smart screens, applications, and some third-party devices.
Challenges in the past year:
In the past few years, Huawei hit by many new shock and surprises such as US-Sanction, withdrawal of GMS (Google Mobile Services), chip shortage, and many other this.
In this line, Huawei lost its smartphone crown in the Chinese market. A report from Canalys for the fourth quarter of 2020 shows that Huawei was facing a decline of 41% from 22% in the smartphone market.
Removal of GMS from Huawei devices created a huge problem for the company in the global market, as there is nothing worst than unsatisfied customers. They were no longer able to access the Android services and encountering many problems.
As a result, Huawei mobile shipment was dropping rapidly and the company slips out of the top five list. We all started to believe that Huawei’s backbone is thumped and it will no longer manage to stand still.
Development in the past few years:
There is a famous saying, there is no failure except in no longer trying. Following the same, Huawei started to seeking alternatives for those problems that are occurring and holding the company back.
Then the Chinese tech maker accelerated the development of Huawei HarmonyOS, introduced the HMS (Huawei Mobile Services) to replace GMS, which is currently the world’s third-largest mobile ecosystem. As for the chip shortage, the company is also taking further steps to resolve this issue.
The annual business report of 2020 shared by Huawei shows the expected growth, reaching 891.4 billion Yuan with a year-on-year growth of 3.8% in the global market. It accounted for 64.6 billion Yuan net profit with a year-on-year increase of 3.2%. The CFO (cash flow from operating activities) was 35.2 billion Yuan.
How HarmonyOS contributes to Development:
This Chinese company adopts the simplest way to stick back, which is to bring an independent system software. As a little help from above, Huawei HarmonyOS already exist in the company’s accessories, smart screens, and IoT devices.
It already bounds Huawei’s various businesses with each other, so with more efforts the company started to develop this for the main ground stage, which is the smartphone business.
Now, when Huawei has fully developed the HarmonyOS for the mobiles, we have to wait a little more to experience it. After that, we can come up with the results that it is live up to our expectations or not.
However, success is a big aim and can’t be achieved with a few tries. So, we can’t decide anything yet, as there is much still remains to be done, and there will be more surprises awaits for HarmonyOS.
Third-party Device makers:
Any software or organization cannot grow with the collaboration and cooperation of the industry partners. Therefore, it’s important to establish a partnership with industry giants and specialists to guide and build a giant ecosystem that could benefit all.
Following these thoughts, Huawei knows the power of open-source ecology and the company has opened HarmonyOS for third-party hardware markers, especially for IoT and smartphone makers.
Some of the IoT device manufacturers have already joined the HarmonyOS ecosystem and started to make products with this operating system. This way, the company will be able to feed this OS into more devices and increase its reach beyond its own device ecosystem.
How far the HarmonyOS is successful:
As I mentioned earlier, it’s just the beginning, Huawei has a long way to go. As nobody can announce the result before the race, similarly we cannot announce the success of HarmonyOS, only hopes for the good.
If everything remains in favor, we will soon see the mass upgrade on HarmonyOS. After that, the Huawei HarmonyOS will be the world’s third-largest mobile software after Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.
This Chinese tech firm has a long list of challenges, among them the 5G chip shortage is the major issue at present. It’ll be interesting to see whether HarmonyOS installation can stand against the pressure of chip shortage.
Because it’s certain if the company doesn’t implement any permanent solution, in the coming next year, it’ll face a great loss. However, as a temporary solution, it’s planning to launch the 4G variants of the most popular smartphones, which previously launched with a 5G chipset.
Apart from this, many consumers will support Huawei HarmonyOS for its extraordinary offerings, but after a period of time, when the device could not cope up with technology, they will surely give up.
Talking about the market shares, the vice president of Huawei’s consumer business AI and smart full-scenario business department, brought the notion of 16% and said it’s a life-and-death scenario.
HarmonyOS is surely ready to enter on Huawei devices and it’s also working to complete 300 million installations this year.
The decline in Huawei’s smartphone market share is there and cannot be denied but Huawei’s other devices such as wearable and tablets seeing a surge.
Meanwhile, Huawei’s new smart car solutions, powered by HarmonyOS, have already made a huge start in the automobile industry and continue to trend in the market by attracting more new customers and filling the hole made by the shipment decrease in the smartphone division.
Huawei is ready to fetch HarmonyOS on as many devices as possible and on different platforms but the company, currently, is in no mood to hold itself back and wants to implement a new strategy that could lead a way forward to a bright future powered by HarmonyOS.
These 14 popular Huawei flagship models getting HarmonyOS 188.8.131.52
Huawei has initiated the HarmonyOS 184.108.40.206 version update for 14 of its popular flagship models coming from the Huawei P30 and Mate 20 series. These phones are running HarmonyOS in China and currently receiving continuous software support in order to provide a better user experience.
According to the changelog, the latest update for the 14 Huawei models comes with major HarmonyOS features that have been first installed on top recent smartphones – Mate 40, P40, and Mate 30 series. However, now the company is seeding these to all of the available HarmonyOS devices.
Check the adapted models below as well as the full feature changelog. One thing to note is that the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G model getting a removal of 5G switch access from the control panel’s quick settings options However, the latest development has already been made on the request of a new Chinese telecom policy. Read more about that here.
On the other hand, Huawei has released the first developer preview of the HarmonyOS 3 that will be available for the developers. However, the developer beta testing will start in the first quarter of 2022.
- Mate 20 – HMA-AL00
- Mate 20 – HMA-TL00
- Mate 20 Pro – LYA-AL00
- Mate 20 Pro – LYA-AL10
- Mate 20 Pro – LYA -TL00
- Mate 20 RS Porsche Design – LYA-AL00P
- Mate 20 X 4G – EVR-AL00
- Mate 20 X 4G – EVR-TL00
- Mate 20 X 5G – EVR-AN00
P30 – ELE-AL00
P30 – ELE-TL00
P30 Pro – VOG-AL00
P30 Pro – VOG-AL10
P30 Pro – VOG-TL00
Changelog for this software rollout:
Service Center: Adds Service combos to the Discover tab in Service Center (which you can access by swiping up from the bottom corner edges of the screen), allowing you to add service combos to the home screen to use scenario-specific widgets.
Task Center: Adds the multi-device task management feature to Task Center, allowing you to view, manage, and transfer previous tasks from other devices that support Task Center, are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and are logged in to the same HUAWEI ID. You can access Task Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and holding it.
Service Widgets: Adds the people album service widget (you can add it to your home screen by swiping up on the Gallery app icon) which loops photos of the person you select. Touch the avatar in the top corner to switch to another person, or touch a photo to open the album of the selected person.
Input methods: Adds a shortcut icon that you can touch to download and use Celia Keyboard directly.
AI Voice: Optimizes the Al Voice feature.
System: Improves the user experience with basic operations, including touch and volume control, and adds support for enlarging home screen icons. Optimizes the system power consumption in certain scenarios. Removes the 5G shortcut switch (5G can be enabled in Settings > Mobile network > Mobile data).
First HarmonyOS smart car cockpit will launch by the end of this year, check user interface
During the HDC 2021, Huawei has released the latest development made in the HarmonyOS ecosystem. The tech maker has announced 150 million device upgrades and the current speed of partners that continues to increase. Moreover, the company also launched the first developer preview of the HarmonyOS 3, which will help the developer to understand this new HarmonyOS version before it becomes available for developer beta testing.
However, there’s one more interesting announcement that has been made at the event. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group and smart car solutions BU revealed that the first HarmonyOS powered smart car cockpit will launch by the end of this year.
The Huawei business chief also expected that at the end of this year or early next year, the new generation of luxury mid-size SUVs released by SERES will be equipped with a smart cockpit based on HarmonyOS. Huawei hopes that through the HarmonyOS system, the user experience of the smart cockpit will surpass that of other manufacturers around the world.
Furthermore, Huawei has also revealed the user interface for the in-car HarmonyOS system that will launch by the end of this year on a SERES car. The user interface is very immersive and functional.
Wang Jun, president of Huawei Smart Car Solutions BU, confirmed that the HarmonyOS-A smart cockpit operating system is currently the only open cockpit system and will begin to sell by the end of this year.
That’s not it, Huawei also showed us some data regarding the current moves that HarmonyOS has made in the smart car industry after the announcement of HarmonyOS 2.0 at HDC 2020. Based on the HarmonyOS in-car system, Huawei has developed in-depth cooperation with more than 80 hardware and software partners.
Efforts to change the current situation of cockpit system hardware solidification, fewer applications, and slow upgrades, and jointly define hardware interfaces to achieve plug-and-play hardware, replaceable upgrades and diversified hardware interconnections, and open to applications through API interfaces.
Huawei says it’s focusing to develop a cockpit system with full-scenario coverage and multi-device coordination to provide consumers with personalized, smart, and diversified service experiences that is nowhere to find.
HarmonyOS programming language is coming: Huawei
Deng Taihua, vice president of Huawei and president of the computing product line, said in an interview in September this year that Huawei will launch an HarmonyOS programming language Cangjie next year to connect HarmonyOS and Euler in the application development ecosystem.
Huawei previously stated that Euler and Hongmeng have connected the sharing of core technology. In the future, it plans to build a distributed soft bus capability in Euler, so that devices equipped with the Euler operating system can automatically identify and connect to HarmonyOS devices.
Additionally, Huawei’s Managing Director, CEO of Consumer Business, and CEO of Smart Car Solutions BU, Yu Chengdong, announced that the number of HarmonyOS devices exceeds 150 million, making it the fastest-growing terminal operating system in history.