At Huawei's Songshan Lake Base in Dongguan, the Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) officially kicked off. During the three-day event, 600 technical experts from Huawei, will meet with nearly 6000 worldwide developers and partners to discuss the latest key distributed technologies and global ecosystem development under the theme of "Rethink Possibilities". The aim of this event is to explore a future-oriented smart ecosystem based on all-scenarios intelligence that delivers ultimate experience to every user.
In 2010, while still a newbie in the handset market, Huawei shipped 3 million mobile phones. However, 8 years on, the number has increased by 68 times. In 2019 H1, Huawei reportedly sold 118 million smartphones, a year on year increase of 24% and making up 17.6% of the global smartphone market according to IDC. This surge isn’t just exclusive to handsets, and shipments of Huawei tablets, PCs, and wearable devices have also witnessed rapid growth, causing business to span across 170 countries and530 million users. Today, the Huawei HiAI open platform has more than 2500 partners and over 140 million IoT devices worldwide support HiLink protocols. Huawei has grown into an industry giant and has developed preliminary capabilities necessary to build a smart ecosystem.
To demonstrate its software strength, Huawei showcased the new micro kernel-based distributed OS for all scenarios at this year's HDC, HarmonyOS. This groundbreaking OS technology marks the dawn of the intelligent era in Internet of Everything. It provides developers with efficient development tools that support one-time development for multi-device deployment, ensuring ultimate experience of all-scenario intelligence.
"The HarmonyOS connects everything and opens up trillion-dollar market. HarmonyOS is not just for today and tomorrow, but is the catalyst for all technology in the future," said Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business, "Huawei is dedicated to innovating our underlying technologies, including chips and OS, and tackling common pain points, all with the goal of helping our customers and developers." HarmonyOS is an open-source OS, and further, Huawei will fully open its Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) to global developers, allowing them to quickly access the HMS ecosystem for resource sharing.
HarmonyOS Ushers in the Future
At the launch event, Huawei released two operating systems. One is the brand-new micro kernel-based distributed all-scenario operating system of HarmonyOS, which will first deploy on intelligent terminals such as the HUAWEI Vision, vehicle terminals, and wearables. In the future, more intelligent devices will run on the open-source HarmonyOS. The other OS is the Android-based EMUI10, which is designed for Huawei smartphones and tablets.
To meet the new requirements on the OS in the all-scenario intelligent era of Internet of Everything (IoE), the HarmonyOS decouples hardware capabilities from terminals and uses distributed software buses to connect different terminals. This enables applications to easily invoke seamless, collaborative peripheral hardware capabilities across terminals. In addition, HarmonyOS is equipped with an integrated development tool (IDE) for multi-terminal development. The IDE enables developers to implement one-time development for multiple terminals, thereby allowing for cross-terminal ecosystem sharing. Leveraging the deterministic latency engine and high-performance interprocess communication (IPC), HarmonyOS solves the problem of insufficient system performance. A micro-kernel architecture and a formal method are used to make a terminal device more reliable and secure.
The distributed EMUI10 technology enables all-scenario life experience thanks to the intelligent multi-device collaboration, a process similar to using a super virtual device. Furthermore, application developers do not need to face the hardware diversification and complexity, and simply need to develop one application that can be run on all terminals. The deterministic latency engine prevents Android systems from freezing caused by disordered resource contention between tasks at all levels, ensuring stable and smooth interactive experience. The human factor-based UX design presents a beautiful interface beyond words.
Open HMS for a New Ecosystem
As the core of Huawei's terminal mobile application services, HMS can help developers focus on innovation and implement one-point access and intelligent global distribution for all terminals in all scenarios. At this conference, Huawei announced that it will open 14 types of HMS Core capabilities, 51 services, and 885 APIs to developers worldwide, in hopes of building an intelligent ecosystem for all scenarios. Currently, there are more than 43,000 applications connected to HMS Core.
In September, Huawei will launch fast applications globally. The mature fast application standards in China will be open to global developers for a quick, interactive, click-to-run experience without installation. 5000+ services have been offered on the HUAWEI Ability Gallery in the Chinese market. In December, the HUAWEI Ability Gallery will go live globally, realizing global atomized and intelligent distribution of fast services.
Huawei has also launched the App Gallery Connect service globally, helping developers conduct efficient operations throughout the entire process of creativity, development, distribution, operations, and analysis. In addition, Huawei has upgraded its "Shining Star" program by raising the incentives from CNY1 billion to US$1 billion, expanding the program from China to global developers. Huawei is dedicated to working with industry-leading partners to establish incentive alliances in order to drive and support global developers in innovation.
When it comes to mobile chips, the Kirin platform will open up three capabilities: By sharing the multimedia convergence capability, the platform can help short video application developers realize their creative ideas. By sharing the convergent awareness capability, the platform makes apps smart enough to understand users. By sharing the AI computing capability, the platform makes inclusive AI possible.
To accelerate the intelligent development of devices other than smartphones and enhance user experience in different scenarios, Huawei launched the HiLink & LiteOS & chip suite, which covers the device and cloud service open platform, operating system, and the chip. The HiLink & LiteOS & chip suite helps resolve the IoT industry development difficulties in an end-to-end manner, making IoT development simpler and more efficient. The HiLink open platform implements automatic discovery of all IoT devices, simple connection, one-time access, and multi-terminal and multi-mode control, providing ultimate experience of multi-device intelligent association.
LiteOS is a bridge between IoT hardware and applications. Maple JS, the unique lightweight IoT device-side development and programming framework, has basically the same level of operating performance as that of the C programming language, enabling developers to quickly develop apps without being proficient in embedded apps. The combination of HiSilicon chips including LiteOS, Gigahome and Honghu will provide developers with underlying technology optimization for device intelligence.
(Shao Yang, Chief Strategy Officer, Huawei Consumer Business Group)
At the HDC, Huawei also showcased and announced some innovative technologies, such as using space computing algorithms and AI identification technologies to build Cyberverse services that integrate virtual and real worlds to deliver superior visual experience. The 5G mmWave communication technology, mmWave gesture control technology, and heartbeat detection technology are demonstrated with Huawei's folding smartphone Mate X. The crowdsourcing system is used to collect maps, achieving meter-level indoor positioning and navigation.
"We will build ecosystems and attract partners," said Yu Chengdong, "What we announced and demonstrated at this year's Huawei Developer Conference will lay a solid foundation for executing our all-scenario intelligent life strategy in the next 5 to 10 years."