Huawei Developer Conference 2020 (HDC.Together) kicked off on Sept. 10 in Songshan Lake, Dongguan, unveiling HarmonyOS 2.0 and its ambition to launch a full-scene smart ecosystem.
In the keynote speech, Huawei introduced a series of innovative technologies, tools and platforms including HarmonyOS 2.0, EMUI 11, HMS, HUAWEI HiLink, and HUAWEI Research, which the company said will enable global developers and partners to create better product-using experiences.
In addition, Huawei introduced six new full-scene products, covering HUAWEI MateBook X, HUAWEI MateBook 14, HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro, HUAWEI WATCH FIT, HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro, and HUAWEI FreeLace Pro.
In the three-day event of HDC.Together, Huawei will also operate sessions such as technical forums, Songhu Dialogue, Tech, Hour and Codelabs with developers from all over the world gathering, communicating and establishing cooperation in Songshan Lake.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business, said Huawei’s breakthrough development in ecological construction is inseparable from the strong support of global developers and partners.
“At this developer conference, Huawei will fully open core technologies, software and hardware capabilities, and work with developers to boost the full-scenario smart ecosystem. Stars shine through even the darkest night. Each of our developers is a star. Together they form a brilliant array that will light the way.”
HarmonyOS 2.0: Officially open source, beta version for smartphones to be released at end of 2020
In 2019, Huawei launched HarmonyOS, a distributed operating system for all scenarios. Since then, various smart terminals have realized rapid discovery, hyper-fast connections, hardware mutual assistance, and resource sharing.
HarmonyOS 2.0 officially debuted on Sept. 10, bringing a comprehensive upgrade of distributed capabilities such as distributed software bus, distributed data management, and distributed security. At the same time, an adaptive UX framework was released, allowing developers to quickly reach tens of millions of new devices and users.
HarmonyOS will be officially open source, and developers will get simulators, SDK packages and IDE tools. At the end of 2020, the beta version of HarmonyOS for smartphones will be released to domestic developers first.
Yu stated at the conference that Huawei would donate part of its open source codes to the China Open Atom Foundation, and announced the open-source process of HarmonyOS.
“From Sept. 10, HarmonyOS will be open sourced for 128KB-128MB terminal devices such as large screens, watches, and cars. In April 2021, it will be open-sourced for 128MB-4GB terminal devices, and after October 2021, it will be open-sourced for all devices above 4GB,” Yu said.
The newly released EMUI 11 is equipped with the core distributed technology of HarmonyOS. It is no longer limited to the interaction between mobile phones, but also enables interaction with IoT devices running HarmonyOS, bringing users extremely fast network distribution, minimal interaction and services. Direct access and other refreshing full-scene experiences, such as mobile phones calling large-screen cameras for smoothly connected video calls, mobile phones and smart home devices equipped with HarmonyOS through touch-free networking, home appliances from “screenless” to “screened” and more.
HMS Core 5.0: The world’s third-largest mobile application ecology broke ground
In one year, the opening capacity of HMS Core 5.0 increased from 14 Kits to 56 Kits, and the number of APIs soared from 885 to 12,981, covering seven major areas, rapidly forming a differentiated innovation advantage.
Among them, CG Kit brings better graphics and image quality, thereby improving the efficiency of game screen rendering. The location kit uses Super GNSS urban canyon positioning, VPS visual positioning and other technologies to meet the positioning accuracy requirements from meter level, sub-meter level to centimeter-level in different scenarios.
Huawei adheres to the core software and hardware capabilities open to the world, including the five root service engines of maps, search, payment, browsing, and advertising, as well as industry-leading camera, AR map, communication transmission, and privacy and security protection capabilities.
In addition to technological openness, Huawei also provides developers with marketing resources in the business and operation fields, multi-channel brand exposure and user reach, preferential developer revenue sharing model and advertising resource support, accelerating the development of new opportunities for global developers.
With the support of 1.8 million developers worldwide, the HMS ecosystem has ushered in rapid growth.
More than 96,000 applications integrate HMS Core, AppGallery’s global active users totaled 490 million, and AppGallery application distribution reached 261 billion from January to August 2020, marking the birth of the world’s third-largest mobile application ecosystem.
Zhang Pingan, president of Huawei Cloud division, said at a media group interview that it is unknown whether Huawei’s ecosystem can be truly established, but Huawei will give full play to its advantages, including end-to-side, network equipment, and a better application service ecosystem.
HUAWEI HiLink: Making tens of billions of IoT devices easy to connect, manage, and interact
The HUAWEI HiLink platform solves the problem of interconnection and interoperability of smart devices from different brands and manufacturers, allowing cross-brand products to “understand” and effectively “communicate” with each other.
This year, HUAWEI HiLink has ushered in important upgrades in five aspects: connection, interaction, operation, solution provider, and certification, making the connection of tens of billions of IoT devices easier, management and control more convenient, and interaction more natural.
Up to now, HUAWEI HiLink has 50 million users, the cumulative installed capacity of the Smart Life APP has reached 400 million, and the number of transfers among devices amounted to 1 billion.
Considering vehicles an important part of the IoT industry, the HUAWEI HiCar platform continues to empower the automotive industry and has reached cooperation agreements with more than 150 models, which means that more car owners will enjoy smart travel in the future.
Huawei hopes to be an enabler of the hardware ecosystem, connecting more IoT ecological products through HiLink, making IoT development easier and more efficient and also helping partners gain a leading position in the global IoT industry.
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HUAWEI Research: Innovative pre-research platform to explore the future
The HUAWEI Research platform, which focuses on front-end research, opens up the two key platform capabilities of HUAWEI Research Kit and HUAWEI Research Cloud to help industry partners such as scientific research institutions, innovation institutions, industry organizations, and medical institutions to efficiently carry out innovative research, accelerate technological breakthroughs, and incubate application innovations.
In the field of health, based on accurate and diverse health research data, HUAWEI Research will assist in heart health research. in the field of travel safety, through the intelligent collaboration of mobile phones, cars, and wearables, it will help with safer driving experiences, such as collision-resistant driving assistance and driving safety care experience. In terms of home life, the wireless sensing capabilities of multiple devices will be released to realize fall detection, non-inductive breathing monitoring, spatial positioning and other functions, and explore new application forms.
A developer surnamed Xie representing TCL, a domestic company that produces mobile phones, personal computers, household appliances, electrical lighting and flat-screen TVs, said, “Huawei provides great technical support for China’s software infrastructure construction capabilities.”