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Chinese tech giant Huawei launches HarmonyOS 2 with a range of products. The HarmonyOS 2 powered products include Huawei Watch 3, Huawei Matepad Pro, Freebuds 4, Mateview, and more. The company has announced that 100 devices will be soon upgraded to run on the full-fledged OS.
At the event, Huawei unveiled its flagship smartphone lineups Mate 40 Series and Huawei Mate X2. The company also launched the new version of the Huawei Watch 3 Series and the tablet Huawei MatePad Pro.
The event also saw the entry of Huawei FreeBuds 4, the next-gen open-fit Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) wireless Bluetooth earbuds, and two high-end monitors, the HUAWEI MateView and the HUAWEI MateView GT.
The company proudly announced that roughly 100 Huawei devices will get upgrades to run on Harmony OS 2. It was announced that the OS will give consumers access to an intelligent experience across a range of devices.
Huawei claims its HarmonyOS will provide seamless interconnectivity among various devices. The next-gen OS will provide a uniform language for all smart devices within its support range to connect and collaborate.
The highly compatible HarmonyOS will combine independent devices into a holistic Super Device that will incorporate hardware and resources to curate multiple functionalities for users.
Huawei says HarmonyOS will provide a cross-platform experience for developers that writing apps would become easier than before.
Now let’s check out some devices that were launched at the event.
The new Huawei MatePad Pro comes with a vivid 12.6 inch OLED FullView Display maintaining a record 90% screen-to-body ratio. The tablet produces high color accuracy with a color difference of less than 0.5. The device features an ultra-high contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 and supports a DCI-P3 color gamut.
Under the hood, the Huawei MatePad Pro rocks a Kirin 9000 series chipset that promises top-notch performance. Due to its data management and task scheduling capabilities of HamrnyOS, it can sync with smartphones and PCs to improve the users’ productivity on the move.
The innovative tablet has support for Multi-screen Collaboration with PCs. It features a drawing board in Mirror mode and a monitor in Extend mode.
The Huawei MatePad Pro also supports Multi-screen Collaboration with PCs. The tablet can become a drawing board in Mirror mode and a monitor in Extend mode. Besides, there is a file ‘drag and drop’ feature which adds more productivity for the users.
Besides the tablet, Huawei also unveiled its second-generation Huawei M-Pencil. The stylish pen features a platinum-coated nib offering high-precision writing and ultra-low latency.
The smart Pencil can differentiate between 4,096 levels of force. It also supports FreeScript that converts handwriting into digital text in real-time.
In addition, there is a double-tap to switch, Instant Shape, and Instant Table make handwritten input features that further your workflow.
Huawei’s new premium smartwatch Huawei Watch 3 series brings a luxury feel to the wrists. It features a curved glass screen and a 316L stainless steel case. The watch redefines fashion and functionality with its brand-new 3D rotating crown. The crown can sense different levels of pressure and provide haptic feedback (vibration).
The Huawei Watch 3 Series enables you to make and receive phone calls and also listen to music using the same phone number and data as on the smartphone.
due to the seamless connectivity of HarmonyOS, the Huawei Watch 3 Series can integrate seamlessly with Huawei smartphones to function as your travel assistant. It can offer ride-hailing and flight information at a glance on your wrists. It will even let you know how close you are to your destination on your ride on public transit.
The flagship smartwatch also serves as your fitness manager. It has support for more than 100 workout modes and can also monitor skin temperature with a high-precision temperature sensor.
The watch is also capable of fall detection and SOS functions which allow users to check on their health in real-time. The watch lasts 5 days in smart mode with all the functions active and can stretch a long 21 days in ultra-long battery life mode.
Its sibling Huawei Watch 3, on the other hand, offers a battery life of 3 days but can last 14 days in the ultra battery-saving mode.
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HarmonyOS 2 is marked for its cross-device interactivity. It allows users to take control of one device’s functions from another. Its new Control Panel allows intuitive connections through the ‘drag and integrates feature’ so that users can freely connect across devices in ‘scenarios.
For instance, to watch a movie, you can launch the Control Panel and drag the smart screen icon to your phone icon, you will see the movie transferred to the TV.
You can drag the earphone icon to the phone icon on your Huawei FreeBuds 4, and the movie will play on your smart screen and the sound will shoot through your FreeBuds. Huawei has branded it the ‘Super Device’ experience.
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Another feature of the new HarmonyOS 2 is its Task center’s ability to travel between different devices without installing on any device. It means all the functions and services are available to the users whenever they need them on any device that runs on the OS. All the devices which are part of the Super Device eco-system can see the tasks running in real-time.
For example, if you are playing a game on a phone and want to render it to the tab for a bigger screen, swipe up and hover to bring up the Overview Screen, then transfer the game to the Huawei MatePad Pro. What more, the shift won’t force a restart, you will just resume the game without interruption.
The interface of the new HarmnyOS 2 is aesthetically pleasing. Huawei has utilized Sans font and natural animations for the feel-good at the users’ ends. The simple yet intuitive UI lets users make the most of its cross-device abilities.
Huawei HiLink now allows more non-Huawei devices with smart features. You can connect smart home devices from your phone with a single tap. You can control over, refrigerator and other smart home devices to boost productivity for your ease.
HarmonyOS 2 is smoother than its last Android skin EMUI. It can maintain the read/write speeds of a device as efficiently as a new phone of three years, even with low storage on the device.
HarmonyOS 2 places all your opened apps running in the background so that you can come back to them later with ease. The improved OS now also adds more battery performance to your smartphone. After the upgrade, Huawei Mate 40 Pro can run Game for Peace for 5.1 hours straight, it was claimed.
HarmonyOS 2 retains and magnifies the privacy features found in EMUI. the predecessor. Huawei emphasizes authenticated users’ access to data. They have put more stress on the security of each device, storing data, transmitting, and using those data across devices.
Huawei has integrated a multi-device collaborative identity authentication. It means users can only unlock their phones with the combination of facial recognition on their smartphone and verification on the Huawei watch to validate a user’s identity. If it matches only then the user can gain access to the data on the device.
Furthermore, HarmonoyOS 2 keeps user data in categories and protects devices by tier, setting specific security measures in the Super Device System.
Huawei has provisioned highly strict requirements to access data for multi-device collaboration features. Huawei has said the apps developed for HarmonyOS will go through multi-level testing in their development, release, and installation to ensure their swift transition into the cross-device super-device eco-system.
Richard Yu, Executive Director and CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group said “We are surrounded by more and more smart devices these days, and are now in a world where all things are connected,” adding, “Every single one of us is a part of this fully connected world, as is every device. We look forward to working with more partners and developers to build a thriving HarmonyOS ecosystem and provide even better experiences, products, and services to our customers the world over.”
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The embattled Huawei will rigorously roll out HarmonyOS 2 to speed up its smartphone revival. Huawei’s stakes have largely fallen since the US ban but HarmonyOS 2 can give its breath back, beyond China, more specifically.
Huawei is preparing to offer HarmonyOS 2 upgrade to nearly 100 devices in China. The first phase devices include Huawei Mate 40 Series, Mate 30 series, p40 series, Mate X2, and MatePad Pro series.
Huawei has also said it will allow aspirant users to get the taste of its OS with an application. The enthusiasts can submit their application at the Huawei Club, or the My Huawei app.
Huawei lost its access to Google’s services that included Android’s vital Play Store and Google Play Services after the US ban. Gradually, the ban had its effects on smartphone sales as the shipments plummeted. This triggered Huawei to accelerate the development of HarmonyOS as an alternative to android.
HarmonyOS 2 is the next-gen version of the OS. It was first launched in 2019 and powered multiple devices in China. But it is the first time the OS has gone global with a massive line of flagship products.
Due to enormous resources and R & D, we can expect Huawei to stand up to the expectations. However, Huawei’s challenge will be to draw the attention of developers to write apps for it. It will also be interesting to see, how Huawei will offer other services which have made Android the default choice for half the world, YouTube, Maps, and etc.
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What do you think of Huawei’s second coming with the HarmonyOS 2? What features would you expect on it to be your go-to device in the near future? Leave your valuable opinion in the comments section below.