On September 10th, the 2020 Huawei Developer Conference kicked off at the Songshan Lake headquarters in Dongguan. This may be Huawei's most important press conference this year.
At the scene, Huawei's consumer business CEO Yu Chengdong delivered a speech entitled "Together to Build a Full-Scenario Smart Ecosystem for the Internet of Everything", which also officially unveiled the HarmonyOS 2.0.
Together with Hongmeng 2.0, EMUI 11 and HMS Core 5.0 were also unveiled, which together form the "three axes" of Huawei's software ecosystem. What they carry is Huawei's next decade in the mobile industry, a digital sub-era of the Internet of Everything.
Huawei Hongmeng 2.0 system: open to mobile phones at the end of this year
For Huawei, Hongmeng is not just an operating system that replaces Android.
As Huawei’s consumer BG CEO Yu Chengdong said, Hongmeng is geared towards the entire scene, which not only includes hardware, but also application software development, and even application platform construction. Ultimately, in the next decade of the mobile industry, Take a place.
At this developer conference, Huawei officially launched the Hongmeng 2.0 system. Compared with the previous version 1.0 that was only used on Huawei smart screens, Hongmeng 2.0 will not only land more terminal devices, but also have functions and architectures. New changes.
In terms of characteristics, this time Hongmeng 2.0 focused on three major characteristics: distributed soft bus, distributed data management and distributed security.
Among them, the distributed soft bus provides the characteristics of high throughput, high reliability and low latency by simplifying the transmission protocol, which can make the connection process between Hongmeng devices simpler and data transmission smoother.
And distributed data management allows the system to use distributed capabilities to achieve data synchronization on different devices and privacy protection functions.
The last is distributed security, which mainly involves the strengthening of the device's trusted authentication mechanism, and the separation of the functions of each system set by the modular structure.
The core of Hongmeng's security is to "allow the right people to use data correctly on the right equipment."
Hongmeng 2.0 also further complements the development side. Now, developers can join the ecosystem of Hongmeng system by using distributed SDK, open source code, and applying for targeted code. In addition, at the tool level, Huawei provides IDE Tools and the Ark compiler can also achieve "one-time development, multi-terminal deployment", which greatly simplifies the time-consuming application of cross-device development.
When devices and applications are integrated and interconnected, the experience in many scenarios can be improved.
For example, in remote teaching, teachers can lecture on the big screen while interacting with students on the small screen; while in a remote meeting, participants can scan the QR code to join the meeting, and everyone can mark the document on the phone in real time Show on the big screen.
At present, a series of home appliance manufacturers represented by Midea have reached cooperation with the Hongmeng 2.0 system. Huawei demonstrated on the spot that Midea smart furniture multiple smart devices interact under the connection of Hongmeng 2.0, and ordinary consumption can be experienced soon.
Finally, at the open source level, Hongmeng 2.0 has also officially released a Beta version for application developers. Developers can download the open source code of Hongmeng 2.0 from today and install them on large screens, watches, cars and other devices.
In December, Hongmeng will also provide SDK, development documents and other codes for mobile devices, which means that the Hongmeng system for mobile platforms will soon arrive.
This will be an important milestone for Hongmeng System.
Easier to use EMUI 11, like the key to "Hongmeng"
In addition to Hongmeng 2.0, EMUI 11 has also received considerable attention. The most intuitive change is the update at the UX level.
First of all, in UI design, EMUI 11 has become a lot younger. Especially the AOD (Interactive Screen Display) that has become popular in the past two years, EMUI 11 incorporates an artistic style into this function.
For example, Mondrian's grid, this classic artistic element, has been "moved" into AOD. What's interesting is that the color of the grid can be freely DIY, and it also supports taking photos and picking colors.
Art elements such as the more popular Mobius ring, Memphis, and street can also find corresponding styles in the AOD of EMUI 11. This may increase the "youngness" of Huawei mobile phones to a certain extent.
In addition to AOD, this major version update also adds three new high-definition themes. From AOD to the lock screen and then to the desktop, the new "one mirror to the end" dynamic effect of EMUI 11, coupled with the "infinite canvas", can bring a more integrated feeling.
In addition, the gallery has also been redesigned, the layout is more beautiful, and more in line with visual habits. In the tuning of the vibration motor, EMUI 11 has also made some improvements. The "sound-vibration integration" mentioned at the conference generally means that the vibration will change with the rhythm of the ringtone, which can bring a better experience in interaction.
But what comforts old EMUI users most is the improvement of the floating window. In the previous version, the floating window could not be reduced, almost occupying the entire screen, and the bottom page was almost completely covered and in an unusable state, which made people wonder what the meaning of "floating" was.
EMUI 11 finally realizes the free adjustment of the floating window page size, and can even be minimized to a floating ball. For users who like to open more applications, it is a more user-friendly improvement.
Humanization is also reflected in the improvement of translation functions. Can't eat while watching the American drama "Raw Meat"? EMUI 11 has added the "AI subtitle" function, which supports real-time translation in multiple languages. And "full-screen translation" has also been upgraded to a system-level function, which means that no matter what application or interface, you can use the translation function.
The highlight of EMUI 11 is not the above-mentioned more intuitive changes, but the upgrade of multi-screen collaboration, which will be more obvious for users with other Huawei terminal equipment.
When EMUI 10 was released last year, EMUI 10 was known as the "key to open a full-scenario smart life" because at that time EMUI had begun to use "distributed technology", which is the core concept of the Harmony system.
So we can already experience the convenience brought by multi-screen collaboration on EMUI 10. For example, the interconnection between mobile phones and computers, Huawei sharing and so on.
The EMUI 11 conference still emphasized "multi-screen collaboration". Many experience improvements have been made in the interaction between mobile phones, PCs and tablets, and the application of multi-screen collaboration has expanded.
For example, after the mobile phone is connected to the computer, the computer supports opening three mobile phone windows at the same time, and can drag and drop text and files between each window; when using a laptop to process documents, you can use the mobile phone as a scanner to take photos and add files in real time. Enter the document.
Another example is that the tablet can be used as the second screen of the PC, sharing the keyboard and mouse. When you want to design a picture, drag it directly from the PC to the tablet, you can use the stylus to relay the operation on the tablet.
In fact, these linkages can be barely achieved through cloud docking, including application layer adaptation. But for service providers and users, the cost and threshold are very high.
The distributed technology used by Huawei puts the system-level capabilities of each hardware device into a resource pool for management. They are just like fonts in movable type printing, which can be flexibly called. For service providers and users, the threshold for use is relatively low.
So when you use a mobile phone application on a Huawei computer, part of the phone’s hardware is in a dormant state, and the computer’s hardware is working for them.
And the distributed technology used by EMUI 11 has also opened the door to a "new world" for the IoT field. It is like helping Hongmeng to fight the "outpost". In the future, when Huawei completes the field in PC, smart home, wearable devices and other fields After the relevant hardware layout, the EMUI with the kernel is like a bridge for data transmission, connecting every device equipped with the Hongmeng system.
It is reported that the Beta version of EMUI 11 was officially launched on September 10. The first batch of devices that can be upgraded includes 10 models such as Huawei P40, Mate 30, MatePad Pro series, and more models such as Honor 30/V30 and nova7 will be upgraded later. start up.
Wang Chenglu, president of Huawei's consumer BG software department, also emphasized at the conference that users who upgrade to EMUI 11 will be the first to upgrade and experience the Hongmeng 2.0 system in the future.
HMS Core 5.0: the new cornerstone of Huawei's mobile service ecosystem
At last year's Huawei Developer Conference, Huawei released the HMS (Huawei Mobile Services) ecosystem to the world for the first time, fully opening HMS core services, hoping to have a full-scenario smart experience with global developers.
Yu Chengdong once said that in 2020, Huawei will make every effort to build an HMS ecosystem and form a new system of "self-developed chips + Hongmeng OS". Since the beginning of this year, it is obvious that the pace of HMS's update and layout has accelerated significantly.
On January 15 this year, Huawei announced the full release of HMS Core 4.0, opening more than 20 capabilities including map services, machine learning services, unified code scanning services, and digital copyright services to global developers.
At the online press conference in February, Huawei released the first model equipped with Huawei's HMS service, the Honor V30, and announced for the first time that HMS will go overseas. At the same time, it launched the US$1 billion "Year Star Project" to attract and call on global developers. To develop the HMS core App.
At today's Huawei Developer Conference, Huawei also announced the latest developments in HMS Core 5.0. Compared with version 4.0, version 5.0 adds more than 20 capabilities such as audio, video, image, graphics engine, computer graphics, and augmented reality engine.
Since then, HMS Core has integrated 56 kits capabilities, covering 7 major areas including application services, graphics, media, and artificial intelligence. It provides developers with 12,981 scenario-based APIs, which are now fully open to developers.
In addition to the number of users, the greater key to the prosperity of a mobile service ecosystem is whether it can attract developers to the platform, so that the platform and developers can become a mutually nourishing community of interests.
According to the latest data released by Huawei, HMS has more than 700 million global active users, covering more than 170 countries and regions around the world. In addition, there are 1.8 million registered developers worldwide, and more than 96,000 applications integrated with HMS Core. Among them, the number of overseas applications has reached 73,000, a 10-fold increase from last year.
Currently, the Huawei App Store has more than 460 million monthly active users worldwide and more than 261 billion downloads. Has become the world's third largest application store. From January to April this year, the HMS ecosystem increased its advertising services by 42%, analysis services by 500%, and map services by 1300% globally. This shows that HMS has been recognized by more developers.
Although Huawei's mobile phones could not use GMS services in overseas markets, overseas sales fell for a while, but Zhang Pingan, president of Huawei's consumer business cloud services, said that mobile phones that support HMS are becoming more and more popular with overseas consumers.
Such achievements are based on the five core root service engines of the HMS ecosystem.
The payment engine's support for multiple payment methods such as bank cards and third-party payment is a rigid demand of consumers;
HUAWEI Ads can provide developers with better traffic monetization services and increase the income of overseas developers;
HUAWEI Browser allows application distribution to reach more users and scenarios, realizing full-scene access to information content and service distribution;
Huawei's map engine can achieve centimeter-level positioning to achieve seamless navigation from outdoor to indoor;
The mobile terminal-oriented search engine supports more than 20 vertical fields, which can reach users more efficiently.
Although HMS cannot fully offset the lack of GMS services in overseas markets, the increasingly perfect HMS system is undoubtedly an indispensable piece of Huawei's autonomous mobile ecosystem. It will build a completely autonomous mobile ecosystem from hardware to software together with self-developed chips and Hongmeng system.
Can Huawei Hongmeng succeed?
When Hongmeng was launched, many people actually misunderstood it. This also led to many doubts after Hongmeng was released last year.
Of course, there is a saying that we still agree with: "Talk is cheap, show me the code". The main reason why Hongmeng has received so many criticisms is that Huawei failed to provide a clear and clear content. On the device side, there are also many similarities of Android, which is more like a hasty battle.
However, many questions were answered at this year's Huawei Developer Conference. The emergence of Hongmeng 2.0 and the announcement of the open source plan should be able to dispel many people’s doubts about "whether Hongmeng is a PPT system"; and on EMUI 11 and HMS Core 5.0, we have also seen Huawei trying to build its own ecosystem Ambition.
It is foreseeable that the Hongmeng system is gradually advancing at Huawei's own pace. After a year, we also saw the answer sheet given by Huawei on the system structure characteristics and development tools.
However, Hongmeng is still far from success. Whether it can achieve success in the commercial market requires Huawei not only to recruit and persuade enough developers, but more importantly, it must break through the existing Android camp barriers and open its own path. .
Give Huawei more time, maybe we can really see the rise of a domestic operating system.
Author: Musi, Lee extraordinary, Wang Helong
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