At an event held on the morning of Wednesday 2nd June, Huawei officialized its new operating system HarmonyOS. The company’s intention was to create a platform that is integrated with many different devices.
The OS can be used on mobile phones and other sets of devices such as Smart TVs, tablets, smart watches and other Internet of Things devices. Huawei started the presentation highlighting that currently there is a different system for each type of product. This, in the company’s view, would generate a fragmented experience, since each would need to be compatible with the other.
With a single platform, the company can facilitate the integration of the different devices used in the day to day. The platform has the ability to service both top-of-the-line phones and handsets that can come equipped with up to 128 KB of RAM, which would include Intelligence of Things appliances.
One of the main features of the interface is the presence of the so-called Control Panel. Which is available for mobile phones, tablets and smartwatches, the user can have a management center of connected devices in the palm of the hand.
It will come with widgets that let you control Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections without having to access settings. In addition, the owner can play a song and choose which streaming service to play, as well as the device to play it.
It is for this part that the user will have the option to turn on or off their connected devices, as well as integrate them directly to the smartphone, by icons that make this connection when being dragged towards the “bubble” that represents the mobile phone.
With HarmonyOS, the person would be able to connect the smartphone to a tablet or a PC, for example, and have the screen inside the larger monitor, to drag content and facilitate edits, for example, or directly integrate messaging applications.
You can also transfer a video conference to a Smart TV in order to have an image applied of what you can observe in the call.
This possibility is what Huawei calls combining devices to form Super Devices, that is, something that will have more than one function in a single space, due to the ability to combine with the ecosystem.
To facilitate the connection between different devices, Huawei promises to provide integration between products only by bringing one device closer to another. As an example, you can integrate a smartphone into a connected microwave just by bringing the phone closer to the appliance. On the screen, you’ll get recipes and other smart features.
Already in a refrigerator with the new operating system of the Chinese manufacturer, it will be possible to access what types of food need to be stored at what temperatures. The company’s intention is to help users take more advantage of the intelligent functions of their devices. To do this, Huawei will have a number of partners to create products with its new platform.
The HarmonyOS Home Screen can be customized with widgets that allow you to have services and information directly when unlocking the display, without having to open the app. In practice, you can create different screens for different segments, such as entertainment, productivity, and health resources.
The open tasks part can show which other Super Device is connected at that time. This will give you a drag on to another device, which will open it directly on the other product.
HarmonyOS will also feature a Service Center for smartphones, tablets and smart watches, with the goal of housing all available widgets in a single space, plus a host of information important to you.
Huawei still promises to deliver a system that has more performance than the Android-based EMUI. For this, the company’s secret would be internal storage management. The ROM memory of the new platform could better manage the space with new data inserted, so that, even virtually full, will not affect the performance of the user in their navigation.
The Chinese manufacturer also stated that with HarmonyOS, it will be possible to play a game at 90 fps for more than an hour of additional autonomy, compared to an iPhone 12 with a rate of 60 fps.
To ensure the safety of users, Huawei promises that connected devices will only become Super Devices after undergoing a series of authentications, and does not provide access to a camera, for example, at all times for products in the same ecosystem. The company added that it works with a number of international security certifications to ensure the protection of individuals from cyber threats to their personal data.
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