Huawei to launch HarmonyOS to smartphone users soon

May 11, 2021

Huawei HarmonyOS is about to be made available to smartphone users. Huawei in September has released beta versions of the HarmonyOS for TVs, watches, and automotive head units, and invited app developers to experiment and develop apps for the operating system.

At the time, Huawei also announced its intention to bring HarmonyOS to its phones. The beta version of HarmonyOS for phones was released in December, together with the SDK, development documents and tools, and simulators, giving developers the chance to create HarmonyOS-based mobile phone apps before the official launch.

Wang Chenglu, President of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group Software Engineering Dept, a major contributor to HarmonyOS, said that HarmonyOS is the ideal operating system for the Internet of Everything era.

He said that HarmonyOS will provide users with more access to apps and services and a smart life experience, disrupting the market a n d c r e a t i n g h u g e opportunities.

According to Huawei’s Global Industry Outlook Report, by 2025, the number of smart personal devices is expected to reach 40 billion, the total number of connections globally will reach 100 billion, and the number of wearable devices such as smartwatches and glasses will reach 8 billion.

Data from Statista also shows that from 2015 to 2025, the number of smart devices per capita is expected to increase from two to nine. What’s more, mobile Internet app innovation is still limited to isolated operating systems. In a world where an increasing number of individuals own multiple smart devices, fragmentary single device ecosystems simply don’t cut it any more.

App developers need to develop different versions of the same app for different devices, generating heavy adaptation workload. Consumers often find that the experience of an app is not consistent across different devices. But problems also bring opportunities.

There is a gap in the market for an operating system that enables the interconnection of different devices, and whoever delivers this system can float atop the rising tide of IoT. Today, the opportunities brought by IoT mark another turning point in the history of operating systems.

This time, HarmonyOS aims to be the first mover, and a number of parties are working to rapidly develop an ecosystem around this nextgeneration OS. HarmonyOS aims to be the ideal operating system for the Internet of Everything era. It can support smartphones and other smart devices including TVs, automotive head units, and wearables. In the past, users enjoyed personalised apps.

With HarmonyOS, users can have personalised devices, which better satisfy their needs. In the era of feature phones, the hardware and software of a phone were fixed. In the smartphone era, hardware was still fixed, but new ability to download apps offered users a m o r e p e r s o n a l i s e d experience.

Now, the revolutionary distributed technology of HarmonyOS means that capabilities can be decoupled from hardware, allowing multiple physically independent devices to converge into one “Super Device”.

It can flexibly invoke and combine the software and hardware capabilities that are most suitable for the current use case, providing users with a smooth, seamless AI experience.

HarmonyOS enables devices to provide services based on users’ requirement and defines devices based on use cases to deliver optimal experience. In the ecosystem construction of HarmonyOS, the biggest challenge is to obtain the support of app developers and vendors.

For app developers, the distributed technology of HarmonyOS brings a platform for developing innovative crossdevice apps. For hardware manufacturers, HarmonyOS presents dizzying range of opportunities.

This unique operating system is set to navigate on the rising tide of IoT.

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