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After being unfairly treated, how Huawei’s consumer business, which is dominated by smartphones, will save itself? The point of most concern. This company chose a rather rigid approach-developing its own operating system and mobile services, which is the Hongmeng system and HMS that we later learned about.
Time has come, and Huawei is facing the danger of completely cutting off supply of self-developed chips. After that, where should Huawei’s consumer business go? ? How much has the vision conceived by Hongmeng been realized? Hongmeng 2.0, which was made public to the outside world at the Huawei Developer Conference 2020, may give directions.
Huawei mobile phones will upgrade Hongmeng system next year
Huawei’s full-scenario smart ecosystem is composed of”two wheels” of applications and hardware. The application ecosystem is Huawei’s application and HMS Core capabilities. The hardware ecosystem is the”1+8+N” strategy with mobile phones as the core. Hongmeng system is expected to play a key role in connecting people and equipment, equipment and equipment under Huawei’s ecosystem.
Huawei Consumer Business CEOYu Chengdong said, Huawei defines HarmonyOS as the first distributed operating system that is truly built for the full-scene era. He announced the official debut of Hongmeng 2.0, continuing to fully enable the full-scene ecosystem, bringing advancements in cross-device, service transfer, extreme speed, visibility, and privacy and security.
Yu Chengdong demonstrated the distributed capabilities that Hongmeng will soon realize:after the watch is connected to the mobile phone, it can become an external navigator; the adaptive application UX framework can be used on mobile phones, tablets, TVs, cars, etc. Quickly adapt to screens of different sizes and orientations, reducing development costs; AI computing brings automatic recognition of screen content, so that all applications can have voice interaction capabilities.
Starting today, September 10, Huawei has begun to release the Beta version of Hongmeng 2.0 development tools to developers, including large screens, watches, and cars. SDK/documents/tools/simulators, etc., will also be open to third-party hardware and software partners.
Huawei also mentioned Hongmeng’s open source goal:open source code will be donated to the Atomic Open Source Foundation for open source incubation, and it will be available for memory devices above 128KB and below 128MB from today. The version will be available in April 2021 for memory devices below 4GB, and in October 2021, it will be available for memory devices above 4GB.
When can mobile phone users formally contact Hongmeng? The mobile phone version development tools of Harmony 2.0 will be provided to developers in December 2020, and the Huawei mobile phones in the hands of users are expected to be upgraded to Harmony 2.0 in 2021 next year. EMUI 11, which was released on the same site as Hongmeng 2.0, brought the functions incubated by distributed design concepts to mobile and tablet users in advance.
The multi-screen collaboration function can now open mobile applications in multiple windows on the computer, share the keyboard and mouse with the tablet, or use the tablet as the second screen of the notebook . The Changlian function adds anthropomorphic interaction, which can send instructions to the device like a chat, or transmit pictures and videos. It also provides a function that enables screen sharing in the Jingdong application to facilitate remote communication.
EMUI 11 also brings a more youthful visual design:AOD screen display is more artistic and highly customizable; Huawei’s human factors research results have been applied to nearly a hundred interactive scenes. After performing a large number of transition animations called”one mirror to the end transition animation”, the interface is smooth and there is no sense of jumping, and the user’s concentration has become higher after testing.
P40 series and Mate30 series mobile phones will start to push the EMUI 11 beta version on September 10. More than 50 Huawei products can be upgraded in the future, the upcoming Mate 40 will be released. The series will be shipped with EMUI 11. EMUI 11 is expected to reach a 90%update rate and cover 200 million devices, but the most important news is only one:Devices that can upgrade EMUI 11 can update the Hongmeng system in the first time.
What is the use of the distributed concept?
About the new features of Harmony 2.0, Wang Chenglu, President of Huawei Consumer Business Software Department, shared at the conference, He said that Harmony 2.0 is here Comprehensive upgrade of distributed capabilities such as distributed soft bus, distributed data management, and distributed security.
The distributed soft bus achieves low latency, improves reliability and brings up to 2.4Gbps bandwidth, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networks Heterogeneous communication between devices, automatic device discovery connection, dynamic delay calibration and other capabilities. Distributed data management improves the performance of remote reading and writing across devices, reading and writing across applications, and retrieval capabilities. Distributed security provides cross-device multi-dimensional security authentication methods and security protection for multi-device linkage.
With so many capabilities, does it mean that Huawei will end up making hardware including smart homes? Yu Chengdong directly stated:”Huawei does not make home appliances.” Huawei believes that partners are an important role, and Hongmeng’s distributed capabilities will empower partners. Currently, more than 800 manufacturers cooperate with Huawei.
How to open Hongmeng to partners? Hardware partners can use SDK, source code, development boards/modules, HUAWEI DevEco, and software partners can use more than 13,000 encapsulated APIs, multi-device multi-language compilation Ark Compiler 2.0, distributed debugging, multi-device IDE with simulation capability.
Wang Chenglu demonstrated the scene of device interaction:when cooking dishes in the oven, you don’t need to read the recipe separately and then ponder how to set the corresponding functions of the oven, and open the recipe content on the phone It is paired with the oven as soon as it is touched, and then the corresponding data can be transmitted to start cooking, and the cooking status will be synchronized to the mobile phone in real time. At present, many home appliances of Midea, Joyoung and Boss have been connected to Hongmeng 2.0 system.
With Hongmeng’s cross-device distributed application development capabilities, VIPKID has done teaching interaction between TV and tablet; the game engine cocos brings the ability of mobile phones to quickly join large-screen multiplayer games; WPS Data such as notes can be transmitted in real time; Baidu Maps can send mobile navigation information to the watch; Didi also provides the function of synchronizing taxi information on the mobile phone to the watch.
In other words, Hongmeng can already be applied in the “8+N” part of Huawei’s “1+8+N” full scene, just like in the demo As mentioned, devices can be paired and connected steadily with a low barrier to speed, making the cross-device experience smoother and easier to use. The promise of the whole scene ecology is being fulfilled step by step.
In the upcoming smart home competition among smart phone manufacturers, Hongmeng will be Huawei’s trump card. On the side of the software and hardware partners, Hongmeng provides powerful capabilities and abundant development materials, which can develop better products at a lower cost; on the user’s side, the equipment that runs or connects to Hongmeng will be easier to learn and function More comprehensive.
This is not common in the smart home field where IoT is widely used. It is often the manufacturers who want to come in and get a share of the design from scratch, and the final products produced are uneven and integrated into the ecology. The experience varies. Huawei has opened up Hongmeng and helped these potential partners prepare the”wheels”. Even if there are”holes” on the road ahead, they have long been filled by Hongmeng’s hard power.
In contrast, Xiaomi’s smart life strategy may be tense. Although Xiaomi built the Mijia platform early, supported ecological chain companies, reduced the price of Wi-Fi connection modules to the extreme, and did a lot of work that leading companies in the industry should do well, Xiaomi has never created a high-level control system. Smart home ecology.
The most acclaimed products are the”benchmarks” that Xiaomi participates in the design and production and is marked with the Mijia or Xiaomi logo, and they have always maintained the same high level. level. Eco-chain enterprises or partners design and produce products by themselves, but there are few such high standards to regulate them, and most of them are not covered by the light of the former.
Currently, there is no effective way to allow all users to buy products with quality above the level. Therefore, the platform takes the lead in driving the upstream and downstream industries to improve their standards. It became a feasible solution. The multi-screen collaboration function of the smart screen has left an impression on many consumers. After Hongmeng officially opened, a number of home appliance manufacturers have obtained high-quality experience, which may bring a lot of extra points to Huawei.
After Huawei launched the smart screen, the”catfish” identity has surprised and delighted the entire TV industry, but it has also caused concerns for manufacturers in other fields. Hongmeng 2.0 helped Huawei make a clear statement that a considerable part of the cakes in the “1+8+N” full-scene ecosystem will belong to partners.
As Yu Chengdong said, “No one can extinguish the sky full of stars. Every developer is one of the stars that Huawei wants to gather. Fire”
New wearable products are still strong
After the developer conference in the afternoon, Huawei brought a full-scene new product launch conference, which is closer to ordinary consumers than the slightly obscure developer conference. The same thing is the distribution of Hongmeng The concept of style is also reflected in these products.
The first product is the HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro wireless headset, which is also Huawei’s first in-ear design of true wireless noise-cancelling headset, available in ceramic white , Carbon crystal black, and Frost Silver. The bottom is a square handle with the HUAWEI logo, which can be manipulated with a stroke and pinch. It is highly recognizable among all true wireless noise reduction headphones.
It’s obvious Huawei wants to focus on noise reduction and sound quality. It uses an 11mm moving coil unit, a bone voiceprint sensor, and a built-in three microphones. The maximum noise reduction effect can reach 40db. FreeBuds Pro can automatically switch between three noise reduction modes:light noise reduction, balanced noise reduction and deep noise reduction, as well as an ambient sound transmission mode that can be activated by long pressing the earstalk and can hear external sounds clearly.
The earstalk part uses two built-in Bluetooth antennas to improve the connection ability, and supports the connection of two devices, making the switching device experience more free. If you use it with a Huawei mobile phone, it can also broadcast audio while you are enjoying music, reminding you not to miss important itineraries. After turning on the noise reduction, the single battery life is 4.5 hours, and it can reach 30 hours with the charging box.
The HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro wireless headset will be available in China from September 23. The wired charging version is priced at 1099 yuan, and the wireless charging version is 1199 yuan.
Then comes HUAWEI FreeLace Pro, which is a neck hanging style with three colors of spruce green, obsidian black and morning white Wireless noise canceling headphones. It also has a maximum noise reduction capability of 40db, supports adaptive three-microphone noise reduction, and has a battery life of up to 24 hours. The Type-C interface of the fuselage can be quickly paired with a Huawei mobile phone. The price of this headset is 599 yuan.
Huawei’s flagship smart watch product HUAWEI WATCH GT2 Pro debuts, with a more concise industrial design, continuing the features of a flat dial and a titanium body. If you are slightly interested in sports such as golf and skiing, this watch that supports more than 100 sports modes can also provide you with more refined suggestions.
HUAWEI WATCH GT2 Pro has built-in offline GPS, which can help users find the right path. Huawei claims that the performance of heart rate monitoring is close to that of a professional heart rate belt, and it also has functions such as blood oxygen saturation monitoring. The standard battery life is 14 days of peace of mind as always. It supports wireless charging and can also transfer phone photos to the dial with one touch.
The HUAWEI WATCH FIT, which was launched a few days ago, officially debuted. This is a smart watch with a 1.64-inch square screen and weighs about 34g. Added animation guidance function for sports scenes, and has a full set of all-weather health management. This smartwatch, which is positioned for fashion and fitness, has a maximum battery life of about 10 days.
Huawei is very strong, Choosing to stand up to resist rather than endure oppression, we saw Hongmeng’s huge plan and new wearable products that are still creative. Even if Huawei finally has to leave the smartphone market, we still have the opportunity to see this powerful company release its energy in other consumer electronics fields.
What will happen in the future? Our vision will go along with Hongmeng and the entire Huawei consumer business.
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