People thinks Hongmeng OS is a reskinned Android but in reality, they don’t have an understanding of open source software
Wang Chenglu, President of Huawei’s Consumer Business Software Department recently gave an interview to the Chinese media and it revealed so much information about the Hongmeng OS (HarmonyOS) software.
Under his topics, Wang also put a spotlight on the conversation whether “HarmonyOS is a copy of Android”. Wang said the way everyone questioning whether Hongmeng OS is a nutshell of Android, shows that the technological circles have insufficient understanding of open-source software.
Not all Android code is developed by Google, most of the code comes from the open-source community. Hongmeng OS will also use the excellent technology and code strength of the community.
“By projecting the source code of AOSP (Android Open Source Project) as the base of Hongmeng OS and judging that Huawei has only changed the skin of Android, reveals that people have less understanding of open source software.” said Wang
Reports from the media claim that Huawei has used Android as a base of Hongmeng OS and it’s just reskinned. However, Wang has also refused these reports before.
In October this year, Huawei will launch the third version of Hongmeng OS, and the code from the AOSP community and the contributed by Google is almost gone.
Wang also mentioned that the challenge of developing an operating system lies not in technology but in the ecosystem. Only one company can make technology but it is unlikely to make the ecosystem. This is why it’s not possible for everyone to understand the difference.
Wang said Huawei will install Hongmeng OS in 300 million devices this year. Among these, there will be 200 million smartphones, and more than 30 million units include smartwatches, smart screens, tablets, smart speakers as well as third-party products.
Launch in April:
During a launch event in February, Huawei announced that HarmonyOS will launch in April and the Huawei Mate X2 will in the first batch of devices to install this latest operating system. However, an official list of devices will be announced during the launch.
Wang Chenglu said that the Hongmeng OS ecosystem development has been very important in the past two years. Currently, Huawei has hundreds of millions of Huawei phone users and if old users upgrade to HarmonyOS, they may stay.
New Huawei flagship will bring HarmonyOS 3.1
Huawei is gearing up for a massive flagship launch event on March 23, other than smartphones, the Chinese tech maker will launch new HarmonyOS 3.1 software.
According to the information, the flagship Huawei P60 series and Mate X3 foldable will pack HarmonyOS 3.1 operating system out of the box. That’s not it, the MatePad 11 2023 tablet will also bring it onboard.
This is good news and the new software will provide new features for a better new user experience.
The tipster also suggests that the Huawei Enjoy 60 series will use HarmonyOS 3.0. This is due to the platform limitation of the Kirin 710A chipset. Still, we don’t have an official stamp on this matter but more information is awaited.
At Huawei Developer Conference 2022 (HDC 22), Huawei announced HarmonyOS 3.1 developer beta. Last month, Huawei opened the HarmonyOS 3.1 dev beta for physical devices and the first eligible smartphones launched with this beta campaign include Huawei P50 and P50 Pro.
Other than that, Huawei already tested HarmonyOS 3.1 developer beta on the Huawei Mate 50 series. Unfortunately, all of this activity is happening only for the Chinese models. Meanwhile, global users are still waiting for a miracle to somehow access EMUI 13.
The developer beta doesn’t seem to have many graphical changes. Instead, it’s a major fix and performance improvement for Huawei devices. Yet some optimizations are clearly visible such as smoothed animations and fast on-screen operations.
As for now, Huawei has not announced the roadmap for this new HarmonyOS version but March 23 could bring it on stage. On the flip side, the official development roadmap of HarmonyOS 3.1 shows that Huawei will roll it out in April.
So, Huawei P60 and Mate X3 will give a grand debut to the HarmonyOS 3.1. Then the software will make its way to the old models in the following month.
That sums up the story, however, we’ll keep you posted with more development in this story.
Here are the new HarmonyOS 3.1 beta features and optimizations
Check HarmonyOS March 2023 security update details
Huawei has released March 2023 security update details for the HarmonyOS, this patch mentions various security improvements for devices running the HarmonyOS operating system.
According to the information, Huawei HarmonyOS March 2023 security bulletin contains details of security vulnerabilities that have been fixed by security patch 2023-03-01 or the updated HarmonyOS version.
The latest security patch helps users to secure their phones, tablets and smartwatches from vulnerabilities designed for malicious intent.
In the meantime, Huawei continues to sign up new smartphones with HarmonyOS 3 beta. As recently, Huawei P20 and Mate 10 series received closed beta in the homeland. However, there are also top Honor phones including Honor V30 and Honor 30 series already part of the test pool.
Both P20 and Mate 10 series are important and one of the oldest to receive a new HarmonyOS upgrade, which was released in 2018 and 2017 respectively.
HarmonyOS 3 also brings new improvements, such as the new Huawei Share optimizations. This automatically disables the phone’s Huawei Share within 20 seconds.
Another interesting feature that Huawei recently released is the ability to delete some system applications. It seems like the feature needs some optimizations to work to the fullest. Read more about it here.
HarmonyOS 3.1 is making moves and the developer beta activity is about conclude for Huawei P50 and P50 Pro. The HarmonyOS 3.1 roadmap suggest release in early April for old devices but the P60 series could grab it first.
HarmonyOS March 2023 security patch details.
This software update fixes 2 of the medium, critical, and high level vulnerabilities for HarmonyOS 3 and HarmonyOS 2 in the kernel section.
There are 5 vulnerabilities fixed in the system for HarmonyOS 3.1, 3.0, 2.1, and 2.0. The app section also got improvements by fixing 6 CVES in different parts of the app system.
Framework is the one with 7 CVEs fixed right away with high and medium levels of security threat for different HarmonyOS versions. These are some important fixes and we suggest all of the HarmonyOS smartphone owners upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible.
HarmonyOS 3 features for Huawei Watch GT 3 series
Recently, Huawei announced HarmonyOS 3 software rollout for the Watch GT 3 smartwatches and brings a variety of new features. This upgrade will help you to get the most out of its capabilities.
Huawei is rolling out HarmonyOS 3 for the Watch GT 3 Pro 43mm, Watch GT 3 Pro 46mm, Watch GT 3 Porsche Design, GT 3 42mm, GT 3 46mm, GT Runner, and GT 2022 Collector’s Edition.
According to the information, Huawei Watch GT 3 users can download this new build with version 188.8.131.52 and OTA package size of below 100Mb.
There are additional and hidden options available for the Watch GT 3 series, we’ll walk you through some of the most interesting ones here. Let’s take a look at HarmonyOS 3 features that are rolling out for Huawei Watch GT 3 devices.
Although, Huawei is sending HarmonyOS 3 for both global and Chinese users but the latest firmware has a China-exclusive feature called WeChat quick payments.
Outfit watch face:
After installing HarmonyOS 3, Huawei Watch GT 3 series users can set up a customized version of watch faces to match their outfits. This makes the watch faces more intriguing and interesting.
To set a dial, open the Huawei Health app, select the device, tap on watch face market, and then select “My” from here you can customize the outfit watch face.
Kaleidoscope watch face:
Other than the customized outfit dial, Huawei Watch GT 3 will bring a brand new kaleidoscope watch face. This will unlock new patterns on the watch faces when you access the crown to adjust the kaleidoscope display effect.
To use this new watch face, navigate to the Huawei Health app, select the smartwatch, open the watch face section, tap on Me, and then select Kaleidoscopic watch face.
This is another useful addition to the Huawei Watch GT 3 series and if you often wished for a torch in your smartwatch, then this is a right to upgrade to the latest HarmonyOS version.
The new flashlight comes with 8 standard and custom color schemes. You can customize colors, and flash effects and adjust the intensity of the color.
To use this new feature, open the app section, from here tap on the flashlight/torch app and then slide up to enter the flashlight settings.
HarmonyOS 3 grabs you a lot of reasons to upgrade over the latest software update and you should also download it right away as soon as it appears on your Huawei Watch GT model.