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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 Earbuds tech could measure SpO2 and heart rate through ear

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Huawei is the first company to launch a SpO2 blood oxygen monitoring feature in smart bands and smartwatches and it also has one of the most accurate heart rate trackings but do you know that Huawei also has a tech patent for earbuds that could measure both of these right inside your ear?

An internal patent reveals that new Huawei earbuds tech could measure SpO2 blood oxygen and heart rate from within a user’s ears. Blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) is a useful indicator of a person’s health. It represents the percentage of hemoglobin in the blood that contains oxygen.

Details of the patent:

An embodiment of the present application provides an earphone, including an ear bag and a detection sensor disposed of in the ear bag, and the detection sensor is used to detect blood oxygen saturation and heart rate.

The ear bag includes a first contact part and a second contact part. When the earphone is worn on the ear, the first contact part contacts the inner bottom surface of the concha cavity of the ear, and the second contact part contacts the inner surface of the tragus of the ear.

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A detection sensor is provided on at least one of the first contact parts and the second contact part where the ear bag is in contact with the skin of the ear, which can reduce the transmission distance between the detection sensor and the skin, and effectively improve the detection sensor’s ability to detect blood oxygen saturation and the accuracy of health indicator detection such as heart rate detection.

Moreover, the contact between the first contact part and the second contact part and the tragus and the concha cavity is relatively stable, and the earphone has good stability even in an active scene, which can further improve the detection accuracy.

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Is this possible?

Yes, it’s the first question that triggers among the readers but after surfing through the web, there are a number of detailed articles that may help you to learn about optical heart rate sensor that is possible in earbuds (link) and In-ear SpO2 (link).

So the answer is yes, it’s possible to measure these two readings but we can’t confirm whether Huawei is planning to launch earbuds or wearables with this new patent. However, we do want to see it in action.

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How good is Huawei Nova 10 Pro 100W turbo charging?

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Huawei Nova 10 Pro 100W charging

Huawei Nova 10 Pro is a gigantic member of the Nova family. The device comes into existence with several exciting features that can level up the user experience. However, the most reflecting technology of Huawei Nova 10 Pro is its 100W turbo-charging.

Yes, the company has done some amazing work with the Nova 10 Pro charging segments. Although, the devices hold several features to explore. Yet, turbo-charging is something that has drawn my attention a lot.

I think the battery is a very crucial part of a device. While purchasing a new gadget, users often check the battery specifications and its charging abilities. And why not, it is something that will power up our device and will keep it reliable in the time ahead.

Remember, a good battery and excellent charging functions can stretch the phone’s life to a long duration. It’s not us, but Huawei also understands this phrase. Hence, it equipped the latest Huawei Nova 10 Pro with a 100W turbo-charging facility.

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100W turbo-charging – how does it work?

The Huawei 100W turbo-charging experience is worth praising. When I tried this technique for the first time, the results were surprising.

Ultimately, when you enable the turbocharging feature, it begins adapting the battery’s abilities. After plugging in the charger, the power suddenly jumps to 87W. After 3 minutes of super-fast charging, the power drops to 57W.

At this range, it continues to charge the device and slowly falls to 30W. Thereafter, it begins the background charging for 2-3 minutes with 26W power. Within or less than 10 minutes, the high-tech charging power up your device completely.

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100W Turbo-Charging – good or bad?

Every technology has pros and cons. And so it follows on the charging as well. The turbo-charging may get affected by environmental factors. For instance, the temperature of your room, humidity, and more.

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However, when we tried the turbo-charging effect under the ambient temperature of 30 degrees Celsius, the result was quite interesting.

  • At 18.50 – 53% of charging
  • At 18:53 – reaches 67%
  • At 19:00 – 89% of the charging
  • At 19:03 – 100% battery

Consequently, we can say that it takes 18-23 minutes to charge the device from 0 to 100 percent.

Notably, the battery capacity of Nova 10 Pro is only 4500mAh. In that aspect, turbo-charging operates in a very good manner. Moreover, it gradually increases and decreases the power level, so that your device may not get affected.

So far, Huawei has brought this technology with Nova 9 Pro smartphone. And now it’s playing wonders for users. With a 100W fast charger that offers turbo-charging, the device is good to go in your hands.

Any new charging technology is coming?

Well in recent times, we grabbed Huawei under a universal charging tech headline. As per the previous info, Huawei and some other companies have come across the table to find a universal solution for fast-charging adapters.

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The new technique known as UFSC fusion (Universal Fast Charging Specification) will improve the charging facility. Further, it will contribute to the fast-charging ecosystem. It’s a simple way to unite different adapters with a revolutionary mechanism.

It’s believed, Huawei is doing great in terms of battery capacity. Even when the battery has low facilities, it is capable of boosting the entire functioning of the device. Well, a user most probably requires a phone that can survive for longer hours even when the battery is at a minimum percent. And the turbo-charging is perfectly offering these services.

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After Huawei and Apple, Samsung to bring Satellite Communication

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Huawei and its satellite communication are once again in the headlines. After Apple, it looks like Samsung is planning to follow Huawei and implement satellite communication technology on its flagship gadgets.

Satellite Communication technology is gradually becoming a trend in the market. In recent times, we come across several tech makers that are trying to adopt the respective feature for their devices or operating systems.

After Huawei, satellite communication enlisted Apple, Google (Android 14), and now Samsung. While Apple has already offered the benefits of satellite features with iPhone 14 series, Google and Samsung are in the preparation phase.

The latest information reveals that Samsung has associated with Iridium cooperation and is finalizing the satellite communication development for its next flagship smartphone – the Galaxy S23 series.

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In our previous reports, we mentioned that Samsung is looking for a satellite connectivity provider other than Globalstar. This was so because Apple already merged with Globalstar for satellite features.

Thus, Samsung decided to take different steps in this tech concept. Eventually, it seems like the Korean tech maker has found the right companion to proceed with the new technology.

Samsung and Iridium

Speaking of the Iridium group, the cooperation utilizes the 66 low-orbit communication satellites. This framework offers effective voice and data communication services for users without any network hindrances.

On the flip side, the info states that Samsung has been working on satellite communication technology for the past two years. In the meantime, the company was dealing with antenna challenges as to how to make it a compact and power-efficient element.

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Consequently, just like Huawei and Apple, Samsung’s main objective is to provide its users with immersive voice, messages, and image transmission facilities. And who knows, we could find the satellite tech with Galaxy S23 in the first quarter of 2023.

Satellite Communication – A long race!

Huawei is the first company to bring satellite communication features with the dynamic Mate 50 series. Ultimately, the feature is capable of relieving communication services even in low-area networks.

Thus, a user with Huawei Mate 50 smartphone can conduct calls, send a 19-20 characters text, scan a code 8-10 times, and generate trajectory maps and locations.

On the other hand, Huawei is making the corresponding feature more useful with the Mate 60. Yes, the internal tweaks suggest that the new version of this technology will enable two-way communications, sending voice messages, and making short voice calls as well.

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It won’t be wrong to say that when it comes to technology and innovation, Huawei remains one step ahead.

Know More: Huawei Mate 60 may launch new Satellite Communication Features

Apple iPhone 14 series – SOS feature

Following Huawei, Apple also launched the iPhone 14 series with satellite features. It has implemented the Emergency SOS feature which combines with the software and connects antennas directly to the satellite.

As a result, this mechanism starts messaging functions with emergency services. Being an iPhone 14 user, you can use the feature under low-network or Wi-Fi coverage.

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Android 14 is also on the list!

Yes, Android 14 has also appeared in the satellite communication headlines. The information states that Google is also making efforts and could initiate satellite features on the next coming Android version.

In the time ahead, we could see many competitors in this tech field. But it would be worth seeing which manufacturer will remain in the first position regarding satellite communication.

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