In May 2019, Huawei has applied for a Hongmeng OS trademark to the Chinese National Intellectual Property Office (CNIPA), which was rejected over the consumer confusion concerns. Because the text is earlier trademarked by two Chinese cosmetic companies.
After the rejection of this trademark, Huawei has applied litigation to Beijing Intellectual Property Court against the CINPA for discarding the application of the Hongmeng OS trademark.
To justify this, the Chinese tech giant said HongmongOS is very popular among the Chinese people and receiving huge support from them. Also, it is closely associated with Huawei, while the same trademarks owned by other companies are not only in use but also appear to be visually distinct.
But, Huawei fails to prove the bond between Huawei and Hongmeng OS. As a result, the court did not accept the argument, which is sad news for the company. Now, the questions have started arriving in the mind of Huawei fans.
In this article, consumers may get all the answers regarding this matter.
Will this rejection affect HarmonyOS?
The answer is a big NO because HarmonyOS is an alternative name to Hongmeng OS outside of China. On the other hand, Huawei is also using HarmonyOS name in its home ground in place Hongmeng OS.
Will this rejection forced Huawei to leave Hongmeng OS name?
It only happens when Huawei is not able to justify its proper argument and not be able to prove a unique connection with the Hongmeng name.
But, Huawei will not easily let go of the Hongmeng OS because it has an option to again file a petition to the court in order to solve the trademark dispute.
Huawei’s HarmonyOS is an all-scenarios multi-platform support operating system, which mainly designed for Huawei devices. Since it’s an open source software, HarmonyOS can be used by other smartphone makers in place of Google’s Android.
At the moment, Huawei HarmonyOS 2.0 developer public beta testing is going for limited devices in China to avoid issues arriving during the testing. To date, the company has delivered 3 betas of HarmonyOS 2.0 and likely to begun general consumer testing in early June.
According to the information, Huawei has plans to deploy HarmonyOS on 300 million devices this year including smartphones, tablets, watches, earbuds, and more platforms.
Oniro Operating System launched, based on Huawei HarmonyOS
HarmonyOS is designed and developed by Huawei and later contributed to OpenAtom Foundation, an open-source code management organization. Last month, OpenAtom and Eclipse Foundation has announced a new partnership and on October 26, both of these partners launched Oniro operating system.
OpenHarmony is a multi-kernel OS that was developed by Huawei and contributed to the OpenAtom Foundation last year. Oniro operating system is designed on the basis of open-source along with a motive of transparent, vendor-neutral, and independent software for the era of IoT. Eclipse Foundation promises that Oniro will also deliver additional specifications to help drive the global adoption of the HarmonyOS.
Oniro has made its debut as a global version of OpenHarmony and it’ll be available for various platforms including:
- Machine economy
A benchmark for OpenHarmony – HarmonyOS:
This new operating system will enable and strengthen the use of HarmonyOS in the global market. The developer community will deliver an independent, but compatible implementation of the OpenHarmony specifications, tailored for the global market.
That’s not it, Oniro will also open support for apps that will run smoothly on the OpenHarmony operating system, which means, all of the HarmonyOS adaptions will be able to run Oniro applications.
“This interoperability will allow the Oniro community to create a global ecosystem and marketplace for applications and services that can be used across both operating systems, anywhere in the world,” said Eclipse.
Oniro is a new start for HarmonyOS and it is supported by various tech giants from the industry including telecom giant, Huawei, Arm software experts Linaro, and industrial IoT specialists Seco. This number of partners is likely to expand further in the future.
“We have been working hard with Linaro, Seco, Array, NOITechPark, Synesthesia to prepare Oniro’s initial code contribution and public cloud CI/CD infrastructure, and it is so exciting to see everything moving under the expert governance of the Eclipse Foundation,” said Davide Ricci, Director of the Huawei’s Consumer Business Group European Open Source Technology Center. “Under the Eclipse Foundation, the project will have its greatest chance at onboarding new contributing members and bringing real products on the shelves of consumer electronics stores around the world. We reckon Oniro is not a sprint, rather a marathon, and we are thrilled and committed to this world-changing journey.”
“Over the past year, Linaro has worked closely with Huawei and other Oniro members on preparing the OS foundations of Oniro, leveraging the work Linaro is already doing on open source projects such as MCUboot, the Yocto project, Trusted Substrate and multiple RTOSs,” said Andrea Gallo, VP of Business Development. “Formalizing the governance of this project through the Eclipse Foundation is the natural next step in delivering a truly vendor-neutral and independent operating system.”
“Oniro will be the future of the open source OS, it will mark a new trend for its deeply innovative nature and defining it only as an operating system would be extremely reductive. In fact, it focuses on the end-user with an incredible user-experience, but it is also oriented to the content creators and OEMs at the same time, bringing to all of them certainty, choice and convenience,” said Gianluca Venere, Chief Innovation Officer, SECO. “It is born for device collaboration at the edge, to be hardware architecture independent, to create a swarm intelligence, and to enable ambient computing. For more than 40 years SECO has been designing and manufacturing innovative products and services for OEMs and we strongly believe that Oniro is a game changer in supporting our customers to the digital transformation.”
Here are the top Huawei HarmonyOS 2 features
Huawei HarmonyOS 2 for smartphones is a matter of huge discussion among consumers. Although, the software was initially announced at Huawei Developer Conference 2020 but its actual arrival on smartphones happened on June 2, 2021.
This new Huawei operating system comes with various new features and user interface changes that attract consumers and allow you to make the most out of its new ecosystem. Speaking of the ecosystem, HarmonyOS is cross-device software that allows forming a virtual bridge of connection between different devices.
The result of this cross-device approach brings a seamless inter-connect device user experience, that you cannot find in other smartphone makers. The combination of these features forms a powerful operating system + UI/UX.
We’ll not stop here, and it’s time that we share with you the top HarmonyOS 2 features. Just to be mentioned, these HarmonyOS 2 top features consist of the following aspects:
- Ease of access information
HarmonyOS 2 Top Features:
The apps on AppGallery are verified as safe, having passed rigorous security checks. Once App Guard is enabled, the system will recommend that you download apps through Huawei AppGallery, whenever possible, to protect your device and data from risky apps.
App Guard is enabled by default. To disable it, go to Settings > System & updates > App Guard and touch Disable.
Super Device makes it easier than ever to transfer tasks and share data between devices. For example, you could transfer a video you’re playing on this device to your Vision, or send music to a smart speaker, without missing a beat.
How to enable:
- Make sure that both your phone and the other device are logged in to the same HUAWEI ID and connected to the same hotspot, with Bluetooth enabled.
- Swipe down from the upper-right edge of your phone to display Control Panel. Super Device will automatically search for nearby devices. You can also touch Q to search for devices.
- Select a device to transfer a specific task from your phone.
Touch the Audio Control Panel section to transfer your music to a new audio device, without missing a beat!
Enable Bluetooth on your phone and connect to your preferred audio device in one of the following ways (depending on the device type):
- Bluetooth audio device – Connect your preferred audio device to your phone via Bluetooth
- Smart speaker and Vision – Enable Bluetooth on your smart speaker or Vision, connect it to the same WLAN network, and log in to the same Huawei ID as that on your phone.
Swipe down from the upper-right edge of your phone to display the Control Panel, and touch the switch icon on the top right corner
Touch the name of your preferred audio device to switch the audio to that device.
Note – Make sure to update your audio device to the latest version before using this feature.
Control Panel takes you to the most commonly used settings, allowing you to manage media audio, shortcut switches, and paired devices, with greater ease.
You can try the following features:
How to access it?
Swipe down from the upper-right edge of the screen to display Control Panel, to access the following features:
Media Playback controls: To manage media audio playback on the device itself, switch audio apps, or switch playback to a connected audio device.
Shortcut controls: To enable, disable, or set frequently used features.
Super Device: To initiate multi-screen collaboration between your phone and another device (tablet, laptop, or Vision), for instance projecting your phone screen, or picking up a task right from where you had left off on another device.
Smart device controls: To manage devices paired in AI Life.
Service Center, get direct access to many new information that has been waiting for you.
Try it out
- Swipe up diagonally (or along the edge) from the bottom left or right corner on your phone to access the My services tab in Service Center.
- On the My Services tab, touch a service widget to directly access the corresponding service.
- On the Discover tab, touch and hold down on a service widget, and touch Open to access the service. You can also touch the service widget and follow the onscreen instructions to manage the widget.
More on Service Center:
Snippets: Display your most commonly used features and provide direct access to them. For example, you can simply touch the Notepad service widget to resume editing the note from where you left off last time
Service Center: This allows you to discover and managè Snippets, which are displayed on the My services and Discover tabs.
Try this out:
- Swipe up diagonally (or along the edge) from the bottom left or right corner on your phone to access the My services tab in Service Center, where the service widgets you have used or added to favorites are displayed.
- Touch the Discover tab to view all recommended service widgets.
If we’re talking HarmonyOS 2 top features then Celia Suggestions is the top one to recommend, Celia Suggestions is a home screen app that recommends services that are likely to pique your interest, based on your usage habits. You’ll notice that recommendations get even better and better as Celia Suggestions continues to learn more about your usage habits and preferences.
For instance, it will recommend video streaming apps and provide easy access during the times of the day when you tend to stream your favorite content.
Go to Settings > HUAWEI Assistant > AI Suggestions > Celia Suggestions > Service widgets, swipe up and down to choose your preferred widget style, then touch ADD TO HOME SCREEN.
Touch and hold down on a service or app icon in Celia Suggestions and touch Not interested to have it replaced with another service or app.
Things to remember:
If you’ve accidentally added more than one Celia Suggestions, pinch two fingers together on the home screen to access the home screen editing mode, and drag Celia Suggestions onto Remove in the top right corner of the screen.
Create a Custom Home Screen, with Large Folders: Design the easy-to-navigate home screen of your dreams, by categorizing apps and accessing them directly through large folders.
Try it out:
Switch display modes: Touch and hold a standard folder, and select Enlarge from the popup menu. Quickly access apps: Touch the large icon within a large folder to directly access the corresponding app. Then touch the lower right corner of the large folder to enter the folder.
App snippets allow you to preview and access common app services and features, without having to open the apps themselves. For example, the Weather snippet takes you straight to the weather forecast, and the Music snippet allows you to control music playback.
Expand/Collapse an app snippet: Swipe up on an app icon to expand a snippet, and touch any area outside of the snippet to collapse it.
Pin/Remove an app snippet: Touch pin icon to pin an app snippet to the home screen, and touch and hold the snippet to move or remove it.
Select a style: Touch and hold a snippet, then touch
More snippets to select your preferred style, and touch Add to the home screen.
A few things to know:
Apps supporting snippets have a short bar at the bottom, which can be removed in the home screen settings. In drawer mode, you can expand a snippet by touching and holding down on an app icon. More apps will support snippets shortly.
Huawei HarmonyOS 3.0 ArkCompiler 3.0, a unified programming platform
HarmonyOS 3.0 is the real deal and it’s available for the developer. With this version, Huawei has improved a lot of HarmonyOS development issues that developers have been facing for a while. Meanwhile, the HarmonyOS 3.0 also brings the new ArkCompiler 3.0 app compiler.
Compilation and construction is the process of packaging the source code, resources, and third-party libraries of the HarmonyOS application to generate a HAP or APP. Among them, HAP can be directly run in a real device or simulator; APP is used for applications to be put on the Huawei application market.
HarmonyOS 3.0 provides a new ArkCompiler for application compilation and construction. When developing cross-device HarmonyOS applications or services based on the ArkUI framework, you can choose to try the ArkCompiler. ArkCompiler, as a unified programming platform developed by Huawei, includes key components such as a compiler, toolchain, and runtime.
Supports the compilation and operation of high-level languages on multiple chip platforms; supports multi-language joint optimization to reduce cross-language interaction overhead; provides a lighter language runtime, and makes full use of hardware energy efficiency through software and hardware collaboration.
The support requirements of different business scenarios, equipment, and programming languages make the design goal of the Ark programming platform a multi-language compilation runtime with pluggable languages and configurable components.
The design and architecture support multiple language access. The ArkCompiler has the ability to provide a multi-language runtime with efficient execution performance and cross-language advantages, as well as a single-language runtime with high efficiency and small memory on small devices.
The ArkCompiler has a rich compile runtime component system. include:
- Execution engine: interpreter, JIT compiler, AOT compiler.
- Rich memory management components: multiple allocators and multiple garbage collectors.
- As well as the independent runtime of each language, it can support language-specific implementation and language base libraries.
ArkCompiler compiles runtime language and components through customized configuration to support different performance and memory requirements of various devices such as mobile phones, PCs, tablets, TVs, automobiles, and smart wearables.