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Huawei Smart Car Technologies: Hongmeng OS, HiCar, In Car Smart Screen, Car app ecosystem, partnerships and more

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Mobile World Congress Shanghai (MWCS) 2020 was suspended due to the pandemic but the advancement in technology didn’t stop. This year, the MWCS kicked off with the theme of Harmony and Symbiosis and there are over 500 exhibitors participated in this event to showcase products and technologies in the field of 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), big data and more.

Automotive is also one of the most popular fields in this exhibition and during the keynote speeches, the 5G Automotive Alliance (5GAA) will hold a C-V2X technology forum.

At the event, Huawei will exhibit communication solutions and whole-house smart solutions, and the company has already planned really big for this event and the booth area of ​​a Huawei manufacturer is very large, and two of the four venues have Huawei’s presence.

This proves that Huawei’s position in the global mobile communications field is very stable. Furthermore, the cars first came to the Huawei exhibition area at 2021MWC to explore the automotive technology exhibited by Huawei.

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Huawei has the largest exhibition area:

Huawei exhibited smart solutions for the whole house in the exhibition hall, ranging from a light in the home to a TV, a refrigerator, and even a car in the home, all of which can be linked to each other, and the “garage” in the home. There were also a BYD Han and Huawei in-vehicle smart screen for the after installation market.

Both products work simultaneously with Huawei phones and can use the HiCar mapping system in the car.

HiCar in Smart Car solutions is very important, and it is an important piece for Huawei’s consumer business group to enter the automotive field. Last October, Huawei announced at a press conference that the number of HiCar pre-installed cars this year will reach 5 million units. In the domestic market, it can directly challenge Apple CarPlay.

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What’s the Huawei HiCar experience and its role in modern technology?

There are a number of perspectives that you should aware of to understand the HiCar system.

1. First-gen HongmengOS has 29 apps support for Car:

Once you enter the car, the HiCar in the Huawei phone will start to work and automatically connects to the car’s system and its main interface of HiCar. The most intuitive experience of HiCar is familiarity and the entire interface is almost the same as the smartphone including the icons, user interface, and animations.

HiCar brings you a smartphone-like experience:

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HiCar mobile mapping system can be connected by wired or wireless wired or wireless means. All calculation-related work is done on the mobile phone, and the car screen is only used for display.

Currently, the operating system of Huawei HiCar is Hongmeng OS 1.0 (HarmonyOS). According to the on-site staff, HiCar is developed based on Linux. After updating to Hongmeng OS 2.0 in the future, the features and experience will be more powerful.

After upgrading to Hongmeng OS 2.0, Huawei may allow more powerful devices such as tablets and PCs to be connected to the car system. The system has a big room for improvements in terms of computer power itself, so we can expect even more from the HiCar in the future.

The main interface of HiCar is composed of multiple card-like widgets, which display recommended applications and scenes. For example, we use a Huawei mobile phone to search for the address of a tourist attraction at home and start navigating. HiCar is automatically mapped to the car when we walk into the car, and the car will promptly continue the previous navigation.

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Huawei HiCar supports AutoNavi and Baidu map navigation. In terms of real-life experience, the navigation operation is relatively smooth, whether you use voice navigation or the zoom in and zoom out of the rotating map, there is no lag. It is foreseeable that maybe a few years later, high refresh rate screens will also make their way to smart cars.

HiCar for various scenarios:

Not only navigation, but HiCar also takes a good car of entertainment. The system provides a card-type widget with shortcuts for linking with family and sets the Away from Home mode on the mobile.

Swipe up on the widget page to find more HiCar-supported apps. In the HiCar app store of the mobile, you can also download additional apps that support the HiCar mapping system, covering multiple categories of apps such as maps, music, audiobooks, news, games, and children’s entertainment.

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Huawei HiCar App Store:

As of now, the HiCar App Store supports 29 applications and the number of apps is still expanding. Among these apps, the most common ones include audio-visual entertainment software, which works along with the entertainment system that comes with BYD Han cars.

For now, the HiCar app ecosystem is not completed but there’s more to come.

News applications have a relatively high degree of completion and are worthy of praise. For example, after opening NetEase News, there are more large-size headlines, and the news is played directly by voice. The experience is very convenient.

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Voice Assistant:

The HiCar system also supports Huawei Voice Assistant Celia. If there’s a need, just call Hey Celia, and it can help you to resolve various operations such as checking addresses, making calls, playing music, and more.

In China, Huawei is targeting Apple CarPlay. The solutions for these two cars are mapping systems, and the calculation is done on the mobile phone. Compared with CarPlay, Huawei’s HiCar localized application is obviously better, with numerous applications supported, and it also supports both wired and wireless connection modes.

CarPlay is different. Many car companies do not provide wireless CarPlay. It is indeed more troublesome to connect the power cord.

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In addition, Apple’s CarPlay and car companies have limited cooperation depth, so they can only control cars at the software level. On the other hand, Huawei has more in-depth cooperation with car companies. The smart voice assistant can directly control vehicle hardware, which is a deep-rooted integration.

There are many cars in the market, Four key points to remember:

Huawei HiCar system is currently integrated into BYD Han cars but a recent report reveals that Huawei has reached cooperation with more than 30 car maker companies, including Volvo, BAIC, SAIC, GAC, FAW, Great Wall, BYD, Geely, Changan, etc.

Last year, Huawei announced that it plans to pre-install Huawei HiCar in more than 5 million new cars this year. Whether this goal can be achieved depends on the software service in the car. If commonly used apps can be installed and the experience is good, coupled with the huge base of Huawei mobile phone users, automakers will have a strong desire to pre-install HiCar.

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150 Cars will be pre-equipped with Huawei HiCar:

The process of developing HiCar is focused on four “S”, so as to make the owner feel more comfortable.

1. Safety. Safety is the foundation of automobiles. For automobile manufacturers, it is already the bottom line to meet the requirements of software and hardware safety certification for mass production.

2. Smart Connection Smart connection. HiCar supports wired and wireless connections and is smart in hardware. When connecting wirelessly, you only need to enter a password and Bluetooth will pair.

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3. Seamless Experience Seamless experience. This is the strategy adopted by Huawei in the entire smart home solution, as far as possible to let people feel the consistency and continuity of the product experience in the process of using the product.

4. Resource Sharing Resource Sharing. This key makes HiCar more usable. For example, when the GPS signal of the mobile phone is insufficient, the vehicle will give priority to the positioning of the car machine signal to ensure that “who uses the force” is guaranteed. This is probably not possible by other mobile phone system mapping manufacturers.

It is precise because of these four keys that Huawei HiCar has the confidence to achieve 5 million pre-installed units.

3. Huawei Car Smart Screen:

Huawei’s car smart screen is almost identical to BYD Hanzhong’s HiCar and it is very suitable for users who don’t want to change cars but want a complete HiCar experience.

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Whether it is connection or control, Huawei’s own products are smoother. Except for the slightly smaller screen of only 8.9 inches, the overall experience of Huawei’s car smart screen is very good.

It should be noted that Huawei’s in-vehicle smart screen cannot be used alone, and it must be used with Huawei phones. Huawei’s car smart screen uses a 1920 x 720 resolution screen with a PPI of 230. The screen material is an IPS screen with a maximum brightness of 700nit. In sunny daytime, the screen will not be invisible.

There is a small speaker on the base of the car smart screen, which can play audio. There are two microphones at the bottom of the screen, which is used to wake up the voice assistant and voice calls.

There is a driving recorder camera behind the screen, which can record the trajectory of traffic in real-time. This camera is an ultra-wide-angle camera with a diagonal of 135 degrees and can record 2K resolution video. On the front of the screen, there is also a pop-up camera that can make video calls in the car. The resolution is 1080P and the diagonal angle is also an ultra-wide angle of 135 degrees.

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At the same time, Huawei’s in-vehicle smart screen can rotate around 360 degrees and pitch angle rotation, which is convenient for the main driver and co-driver to watch content.

However, for after-installed models, the wiring method of the power cable in the car and the audio output are both problems.

Conclusion:

In 2020, Huawei Automotive BU officially released the HI brand. In the future, Huawei’s automotive solutions will enter the field of vehicle manufacturing.

This is believed to be the second “Bosch” in the automotive industry. At the same time, Huawei’s consumer business BG is also running on the car, HiCar has achieved pre-installed mass production, and HMS for Car officially announced that it will be equipped with the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

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Obviously, the automotive ambitions of Huawei’s consumer business are not small, do you want to become the second “Android” in the automotive industry?

This year, Huawei has planned to drive more into the field of car technologies and rapidly developing in-vehicle solutions as well as smart cockpits. The Chinese tech giant is also accelerating the world of smart cars with its latest technologies.

Most of Deng Li's smartphones are from the Huawei ecosystem and his first Huawei phone was Ascend Mate 2 (4G). As a tech enthusiast, he keeps exploring new technologies and inspects them closely. Apart from the technology world, he takes care of his garden.

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Huawei Nova 10 Pro will use 100W Turbo fast charging technology

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Huawei Nova 10 series is the new hot topic among Huawei fans nowadays. While the bashing phone is soon going to step on the consumer platform, a new report reveals that Huawei Nova 10 Pro will use a 100W Turbo fast charging technology.

As per the Weibo blogger @Digital Chat Station, Huawei officially announced the 100W charging technology for the forthcoming Nova 10 Pro smartphone. As the term reflects, the technology is capable of generating 100W power for the device.

Consequently, the high-powered tech will result in full charging of a 4500mAh battery within 20 minutes. Thus, we can say that the 10th series of Nova lineup comprises the best automation and will provide hype to the user experience.

In terms of existence, the 100W charger came into the spotlight with the Nova 9 Pro smartphone. The device equipped the tech with an HW-200500C00 charger number. Hence, Huawei is finally keeping up the link with the 100W army.

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Huawei 100W charging technology

Huawei Nova 10 Pro

Accordingly, the ultimate Nova 10 Pro will sport a 60 Megapixel front-facing lens which itself hints at the superiority of the device. Further, it will add a tri-cam structure on the rear side. The structure will showcase a 50 Megapixel main snapper, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a depth sensor.

Besides, the device will expose a 6.78-inch screen with a 2650 x 1200 pixels that will give a 120Hz refresh rate. As mentioned, it will pack a 4500mAh battery and a Snapdragon 778 4G processor. Moreover, for the moment, it will appear as a smashing look showing silver and black colorways.

Huawei officially made the statement of unveiling the Nova 10 series on the 4th of July at the summer new product conference. Along with this, the company will also release the classy Wenjie M7 SUV on the board.

Read More: Aito M7 SUV will launch at Huawei Nova 10 series event on 4th of July

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MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ chipset for flagship smartphones launched

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MediaTek has ultimately unveiled the Dimensity 9000+ processor for the 5G capable flagship models. This is another high-end invention in the field of Dimensity that is again making its way to the 5G products to enhance the performance of the device.

According to the information, MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ has obtained some of the technical measures from the predecessor Dimensity 9000 chip. Consequently, these measure helps in boosting the power efficiency and functioning of the hardware.

MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ Build Up

The new chipset is standing on the 4nm process of TSMC and Armv9 architecture. It comprises an octa-core CPU framework with 1 Arm Cortex-X2 super core (frequency = 3.2GHz), 3 Arm Cortex-A710 large cores, and 4 Arm Cortex-A510 energy efficiency cores that have improved performance by 5%. Further, it supports a ten-core Mali G710 GPU with an increase in the performance grade by 10%.

Additionally, the processor fulfills the demand for high bandwidth in the market. It carries an LPDDR5X memory with 8MB CPU L3 cache and 6MB system cache. Moreover, it incorporates the 5th-gen AI processor APU590 to offer AI computing power for numerous applications with energy efficiency.

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MediaTek Dimensity 9000+

 

Key Features of Dimensity 9000+

Media Tek Imaggiq 790 imaging technology:

The super-tech SoC equips an 18-bit HDR-ISP image processor that supports 320 million pixel cameras. Besides, it is capable to capture 18-bit HDR video with three lenses of the handset at the same time. It features AI noise reduction for 4K HDR video, and low-light shooting.

A new generation of 5G modem:

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Dimensity 9000+ consists of a 5G modem that supports Sub-6GHz 5G full-band high-speed network and 3CC three-carrier aggregation (300MHz). As a result, the theoretical downlink rate reaches to 7Gbps and supports R16 super uplink. Further, it has the multi-standard dual-SIM tech that holds 5G and 4G combinations. With the help of MediaTek 5G UltraSave 2.0 tech, it reduces power consumption effectively.

MediaTek MiraVision 790 display tech:

A WQHD+ resolution with a 144Hz refresh rate display is another significant feature of the chip. It further adds FHD+ resolution and 180Hz refresh rate display with MediaTek Intelligent Display Sync 2.0 technology. Thereafter, 4K60 HDR10+ video Wi-Fi wireless projection also takes place in the chipset.

Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 addition:

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It adds new-generation connectivity and provides a seamless connection experience to smartphone users.

According to the information, we can see the new processor, equipped in smartphones form the third quarter.

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Huawei Eyes on Display feature is amazing technology

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With the launch of each Huawei flagship, the company introduces new technologies that favor consumers and try to give them the best possible user experience. Eyes on Display (EOD) is such a feature that doesn’t only make your user experience better but also provides you with a new kind of interactiveness for your Huawei smartphone.

Huawei Eyes on Display was first introduced with EMUI 11 during the launch of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro in 2020. The company has developed this feature around the Gesture and Depth sensors that are built inside the smartphone’s front side large pill shape notch.

Behind the scene, the Eyes on Display feature is powered by the Huawei Kirin 9000‘s NPU unit and the Da Vinci NPU architecture that keeps it steady and notes the perfect movement of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro user.

Huawei eyes on display feature

How it works:

It’s simple, whenever a user looks at the screen or comes into the range of the sensor, the display enables an always-on display theme. The phone will keep the always-on display enabled as long as you are looking toward the direction or the display of the phone.

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On the flip side, the display quickly disables the screen, once you move your face out. This is quite a useful and easy-to-use feature that helps to reduce the use of battery and save it even further.

Notably and intelligently, the feature won’t show activity when you put your palm in front of the sensor. Instead, it detects movements of the face or eyes perfectly, which seems unbelievable in smartphone technologies.

Huawei eyes on display feature

Even the iPhone can not do that, ahm…. iPhone doesn’t come with Always on Display.

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Ok, getting back to the topic.

How to enable:

Huawei Mate 40 Pro series consumers would find this feature enabled by default but it can be accessed by going into Settings > Home screen & wallpaper > then tap on Display mode and selecting Smart for Eyes on display feature.

Use on other phones:

Since the launch of the Huawei Mate 40 series, Huawei has not released a new model in the lineup due to some supply chain issues. However, we’re awaiting the next Mate series flagship – The Huawei Mate 50 series, which could launch in the month of August. Read more about this story in the article linked below.

Huawei Mate 50 to come in three models, new information is here

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