United Arab Emirates, September 16, 2020: At this month’s Huawei Developer Conference 2020, the global technology brand announced major upcoming updates for HarmonyOS 2.0, EMUI 11 and HMS (Huawei Mobile Services). These improvements will empower global developers and ecosystem partners to provide enhanced and innovative user experiences for users.
HarmonyOS 2.0: Officially Open Source with Mobile HarmonyOS Beta Available to Developers by Year End
Huawei announced its all-scenario experience operating system, HarmonyOS, back in 2019. Since then, a robust line-up of devices has been developed for the system, facilitating quick device discovery, instant connection, hardware collaboration, and resource sharing between multiple smart devices. The newly announced HarmonyOS 2.0, is bringing a comprehensive upgrade to its existing distributed capabilities, including software bus, data management, and security. Huawei also introduced an adaptive UX framework that allows developers to quickly reach tens of millions of new devices and users.
With the latest update, HarmonyOS will officially be open-sourced and developers will be able to gain access to emulators, SDK packages, and IDE tools. The open source project, which is donated to OpenAtom Foundation, will launch in stages with a mobile HarmonyOS beta release planned for Chinese developers at the end of 2020. Richard Yu announced the roadmap for HarmonyOS in his keynote speech. “Starting on 10 September, HarmonyOS is open to 128KB-128MB IoT devices, such as smart TVs, wearables, cars and more. In April 2021, we will open it to 128MB-4GB devices and in October 2021, HarmonyOS will be opened for devices above 4GB,” he said.
EMUI 11: Smoother Experience with Elegance Design Empowered by Distributed-Technology
Huawei also introduced the new EMUI 11 during the conference. Based on the distributed technology in HarmonyOS, the newly released EMUI 11 enables interaction beyond smartphones. The new operating system allows devices to interact with HarmonyOS-based IoT devices, bringing a unique all-scenario experience to users, including using the camera on a bigger-screen device for video calling. The process is powered by the touchless connection between smartphones and HarmonyOS-based home devices, enabling screen projection and more.
EMUI 11 applied the results of Human Factor Research including visual, auditory, tactile and other instinctive behaviours into the UX. The upgraded operating system aims to bring a more aesthetic, customized user experience. Users can customize the Always-On-Display (AOD) to their own preferences. In terms of AOD animations, EMUI 11 learned from the “shot in one take” method from the film industry to provide a smooth experience during transitions. In addition, EMUI 11 upgraded the “Multi-screen Collaboration” released since EMUI 10.1 to “Smart Multi-screen Collaboration”, making multitasking easier and more efficient with the revolutionary feature.
Applications to join the EMUI 11 beta start from September. Visit HONOR Club for further information.
Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) Ecosystem: Breaking Ground as The World’s Third Largest Mobile App Ecosystem
With the support of more 1.8 million registered developers worldwide, AppGallery and the HMS ecosystem has continued to show progress this year. AppGallery currently has over 96,000 apps integrated with HMS Core and more than 490 million global active users. In addition, it also achieved a record 261 billion app downloads and distributions between January and August 2020.
AppGallery development has flourished in 2020. In line with the “Global + Local” strategy, AppGallery focuses on bringing the most relevant and high-quality apps and services to users.
In a single year, HMS Core 5.0’s open capabilities have increased from 14 Kits to 56 Kits, while the number of APIs has jumped from 885 to 12,981 covering seven major areas, helping developers achieve innovation and simplify the development process.
Huawei is committed to fully opening its core software and hardware capabilities. It has opened up core software services, such as browsing, search, map, payment, advertising kits, to accelerate innovation in app development. Huawei has also opened up hardware capabilities such as its world-class camera capabilities, AR map capabilities, communication and transmission tools, as well as its leading privacy and security protection capabilities. Through these, Huawei seeks to empower developers to create a new generation of well-loved innovative apps across different categories.
HONOR Announces Partnership with Red Bull Basement 2020
As technology brand for global youth, HONOR inherits the spirit of inspiration and announced its collaboration with Red Bull Basement 2020 at IFA. As Official Mobile Services and PC Partner of Red Bull Basement 2020 HONOR will help students and young developers innovate at university today and disruptive the world tomorrow with HMS Ecosystem, HMS Phone and HONOR MagicBook Series.
HONOR will also launch the “Ask Me Anything about HMS Core 5.0” to build a bridge for tech lovers. The tech enthusiasts can access to HMS experts from today at HONOR Club.
HUAWEI HiLink: Enabling Billions of IoT Devices to Connect, Manage and Exchange
This year, upgrades to HUAWEI HiLink will be made in five key areas: connection, interaction, operation, solution provider, and authentication. The goal is to make billions of IoT devices connect easily, more convenient to manage and control, and interact seamlessly to enable an all-scenario hardware ecosystem. At present, there are 50 million active users contributing more than 1 billion all-scenario device interaction requests every day, with a cumulative 400 million downloads of the Smart Life App.
At IFA 2020, HONOR introduced the HONOR Watch GS Pro, HONOR Watch ES, HONOR MagicBook Pro, among others, bringing its all-scenario smart life IOT strategy to the next level. HONOR MagicBook Pro and HONOR Watch GS Pro were both awarded “Best of IFA 2020” by Android Headline, Phandroid, Tech Adviser, NewsWeek and Expert Reviews. HONOR MagicBook Pro was also awarded “Best of IFA 2020” by Android Authority and Tom’s Guide, while HONOR MagicBook Pro was named as one of “the best new gear from IFA 2020” by WIRED and “hottest tech IFA awards 2020” by Tech Radar.