At the 2021 Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) this afternoon, Huawei released a series of leading development technologies, tools and platforms, such as the Developer Preview Version of its HarmonyOS 3 and HMS Core 6. The move is to help developers create innovative intelligent terminals and applications more efficiently.
The Developer Preview Version of HarmonyOS 3
As of this month, the number of HarmonyOS devices has exceeded 150 million. With these sorts of numbers in such a short time, HarmonyOS is now the fastest-growing terminal operating system in history. Furthermore, the first vehicle to be equipped with Huawei’s HarmonyOS cockpit will be released at the end of the year.
“The Developer Preview Version of HarmonyOS 3 allows developers to innovate on more types of terminal devices with more powerful tools, bringing consumers a new experience,” Gong Ti, President of Huawei’s Consumer Business Software Department, said, “In the near future, we will bring a new R&D programming language for HarmonyOS to make up the last piece for HarmonyOS’s ecology.”
The HarmonyOS 3 Beta is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2022, providing developers with more complete system capabilities and development tools.
With the release of the new HarmonyOS 3, the HarmonyOS application and service development tool kit has also been fully upgraded. Among them, the Harmony Design System provides complete design specifications for multi-terminal devices, service card templates supporting different devices and other design tools. ArkCompiler 3.0 now employs unified compilation across devices.
Huawei also announced the latest progress of its HarmonyOS Ecology. Up to now, HarmonyOS Connect hosts more than 1,800 hardware partners and 4,000 ecological devices. The number of HarmonyOS atomized services developed by more than 400 partners exceeded 16,000.
The brand-new HarmonyOS Connect software service package 3.0 adds screen devices in specific fields. The basic service package, enhanced service package and application service package have all been upgraded.
HMS Core 6
Huawei also brought out the powerful Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) Core 6 at this conference. With the support of 5.1 million developers around the world, more than 173,000 apps integrate HMS Core, an increase of 81% compared with the same period last year. In the first three quarters of 2021, the number of applications being downloaded and upgraded in Huawei’s application market reached 332.2 billion, and the revenue share of global developers increased by 62%.
HMS Core 6 has opened 69 kits and 21,738 application programming interfaces in 7 major fields to developers all over the world. For the first time, the Huawei Developer Conference used digital likenesses of actual interpreters to live-stream in sign language. The feat was accomplished by using the new sign language service SignPal kit opened by HMS Core 6, making communication barrier-free. The HMS Core 6 also brings many new services, such as audio editing, digital RMB scene upgrading and intelligent network signal improvement.
Network Security and Privacy Protection
At the conference, Huawei’s consumer business department also released “four claims” and “three commitments” on network security and privacy protection. The “four claims” are top-down organization and process guarantees, strict privacy and security principles, cooperation with industry authorities to build a security verification system, and the opening of Huawei’s security and privacy capabilities to ecological partners.
The “three commitments” are: First, privacy is the basic right of users and the highest priority in Huawei; Second, no one can access a user’s data without the user’s permission; Third, the usage of user’s information requires the user’s consent at every step.
Huawei defends users’ privacy with innovative technology. On the same day, at the Shenzhen APP Personal Information Co-protection Conference, more than 20 key app operators, including Tencent and Huawei, made public commitments to collect information within the scope and not to use “big data killing” (wherein a product’s price fluctuates according to who is viewing, especially new and returning customers), nor to abuse facial recognition data, nor monitor personal privacy.