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.
HarmonyOS 2 completes 40 million installations, Huawei P10 and Mate 9 next to upgrade
Huawei officially confirmed that HarmonyOS 2 has been installed in over 40 million devices. This is another big milestone for this new operating system, and the company also announced that the Huawei Mate 9 and P10 devices are next in line to test the HarmonyOS 2 beta software update.
HarmonyOS 2 was launched on June 2, the operating system brings a lot of new features and a new user interface for the consumers. It has a lot of new features powered by the distributed capabilities.
On the day of its unveiling, Huawei lay down a roadmap of over 100 devices that will upgrade to HarmonyOS, this list also includes some of the oldest models such as Huawei Mate 9 and P10 devices.
However, Huawei has not yet announced the rollout detail for the global consumers, which is much awaited.
HarmonyOS 40 million Milestones:
According to previous information, HarmonyOS 2 completed 10 million installations in under one week, followed by 18 million upon the completion of 15 days.
On July 8, the Chinese tech maker officially confirmed that HarmonyOS installation has exceeded 30 million active users.
This progress shows us that HarmonyOS 2 has a long way to go and the company is working more and more to provide the best software experience to the least possible device.
However, we still want to see, whether Huawei will be able to provide the same user experience for the global consumers and more importantly, when.
Devices Upgraded with HarmonyOS 2:
As for your information, Huawei has already upgraded devices from the Huawei Mate 40, Mate 30, Mate 20, Mate 10, P40, P30, P20, P10 series, as well as tablet devices such as Huawei MatePad Pro and MediaPad M6 lineups.
Furthermore, Honor smartphones are also on the list of HarmonyOS 2 eligible devices and some of top models are testing the HarmonyOS 2 features in China.
To be mentioned some of these devices are still under the HarmonyOS 2 beta testing and will receive the table update soon.
HarmonyOS Control Panel: Control all in one place
HarmonyOS comes with lots of new features and the user interface changes aren’t unknown to any Huawei smartphone user. However, the new HarmonyOS Control Panel has been quite an attraction to the consumers, because of its uniqueness.
The latest Control Panel is a combination of different settings and provides simplicity over its predecessor in the EMUI 11. The control panel is an easy solution to manage media, audio, shortcut switches, and paired devices.
HarmonyOS is divided into four simple sections:
- Media Controller
- Super Device
- Smart Devices
Let’s take a look at these sections in detail, also you can check the full demonstration video of the HarmonyOS Control Panel linked below.
Media Playback Controls:
This section allows you to manage your media playback and connected audio devices. You can easily switch and transfer the playback between different supported audio devices.
The shortcut switches allow you to enable or disable any given feature with just a tap. You can also restructure the entire shortcut switches according to your preference.
Super Device is complete a different feature, but its integration in the Control Panel is a blessing for the users. This feature allows you to access multi-screen collaboration between your phone and another device such as a tablet, laptop, or Huawei Vision smart TVs.
The super device is used for tasks such as projecting your phone screen content on other devices or resuming a task on a bigger display where you had previously left off.
Smart device controls:
The control panel integrates another useful quick access short to manage all of your connected Huawei devices via the AI Life app. You can tap on each device to access the respective feature and its corresponding services.
HarmonyOS Control Panel video demo:
Below you can check the video demonstration of the control panel and its features in actions.
Huawei Nova 8 Series HarmonyOS 2 Beta update tracker
Last year, Huawei unveiled the latest members of the Nova-series, Nova 8. This smartphone lineup comes with EMUI 11 software system, based on Android OS and powered by a Kirin processor, advanced camera technology, long-lasting battery, and other capabilities.
Among them, the Nova 8 SE pre-equips EMUI 10.1 software system and has a MediaTek Dimensity processor.
The Nova 8 series consisted of three models:
- Huawei Nova 8
- Huawei Nova 8 Pro
- Huawei Nova 8 SE
On June 2, Huawei unveiled its self-developed distributed operating system – HarmonyOS 2. At the moment, every Huawei smartphone user wants to hop on the HarmonyOS wagon.
At the HarmonyOS launch conference, Huawei released an official HarmonyOS 2.0 upgrade rollout plan for its 100 devices that will be covered throughout 2021-22. Under this roadmap, the Chinese tech giant also included Nova 8 models.
During the HarmonyOS 2.0 beta journey, Huawei will release a number of beta software updates that aims to install new improvements and provide bug fixes in order to prepare a final rollout to build for general consumers.
In this article, you’ll get to know all of the insights related to the new OS beta progress for Huawei Nova 8 devices.
Note: The beta testing is currently limited to Chinese users and may not be available for global users at the moment.
Rollout timeline for Huawei Nova 8 series:
July 8, 2021:
- Huawei announced the stable HarmonyOS 2.0 for Huawei Nova 8 in the second phase. Check more details here.
July 05, 2021:
- New HarmonyOS 2.0 beta rolling out for Huawei Nova 8 and Nova 8 Pro – HarmonyOS 2.0 version 188.8.131.52
This update s new improvements for system features and optimizations for Bluetooth device sound in some game scenarios and much more to improve the user experience.
July 01, 2021:
- First HarmonyOS 2.0 public beta update for Huawei Nova 8 SE- HarmonyOS 2.0 version 184.108.40.206
HarmonyOS 2.0 first beta software update of Nova 8 SE comes with a new home screen, control panel, service center, HarmonyOS font, smoother sharing, smart home connection, advanced security features, security certification, and more.
June 29, 2021:
- First HarmonyOS 2.0 public beta update- HarmonyOS 2.0 version 220.127.116.11
The first public beta update of Nova 8, Nova 8 Pro offers new user convenient features for users. The feature imcludes a new home screen, control panel, service center, HarmonyOS font, smoother sharing, and more.
June 6, 2021:
- First HarmonyOS 2.0 closed beta update- HarmonyOS 2.0 version 18.104.22.168
HarmonyOS 2.0 first beta software update brings a fresh operating system over EMUI 11 for Huawei Nova 8, Nova 8 Pro, and Nova 8 SE. It contains new user convenient features including a new home screen, control panel, service center, HarmonyOS font, smoother sharing, smart home connection, advanced security features, security certification, and more.