Standing at the intersection of the 5G era, what will Hongmeng bring us?

Recently, there has been a lot of news that Huawei Hongmeng 2.0 system will be released in June, and it will be launched on Huawei’s mobile phones, tablets, watches and other terminal devices one after another. It has been nearly two years since its release in 2019, and Hongmeng is finally going to meet ordinary consumers.

According to sources, Hongmeng is not only compatible with Huawei phones, but also other brands of Android phones. Not long ago, Hongmeng OS was launched on Huawei smart screens, and it will adapt to more types of terminal devices in the future. This “future-oriented” operating system has become more and more “mysterious” as the release time approaches.

Is Hongmeng a mobile operating system or a smart home system? What kind of changes will it bring to the industry and consumers?

Break through ecological barriers and achieve interconnection

As an operating system, Hongmeng OS can be said to be very unique.

It can not only control mobile phones, but also adapt to smart terminals such as PCs, tablets, and watches. The common “compatibility” problem between smart terminal devices with different attributes does not exist in Hongmeng.

It is said that it is a mobile phone system, but it seems that the mobile phone can run normally without it; that it is not a mobile phone system, Huawei has actually installed it on the Mate X2 model.

Is Hongmeng OS just a false name? Is it all the same? ——To understand the true face of Hongmeng OS, we must first understand what an “operating system” is.

The operating system is the first layer of software configured on the hardware terminal, which translates various human operation behaviors into a language that the computer can understand, so that the computer “works according to the human consciousness”.

Without an operating system, a computer is a piece of cold hardware. This is like building a modern building. The doors, windows, glass, and walls of the building have been installed, but the power system is missing, so no one can live at all.

As a mobile phone operating system, Android is like the power system of the mobile phone building. It realizes the functions of various modules on the mobile phone through a series of operation behaviors such as buttons and touch screens.

However, there are various hardware terminals on the market at present, and different hardware products have their own different operating systems. Mobile phones cannot directly control air conditioners, and must use voice assistants; smart watches cannot view maps, and navigation must be enabled on the mobile phone first. There is often no communication between devices produced by the same manufacturer.

If you want them to work together, you must consider the issue of “compatibility”. On the other hand, Hongmeng OS can break the communication barriers between various devices and realize interconnection.

If Android is the “power supply system” of mobile phones in the 4G mobile Internet era, then Hongmeng OS is the underlying system that realizes the “Internet of Everything” in the 5G era. Its significance is to open up different device terminals and let them work together under the background of difficulties in connecting and communicating with each other and ecological fragmentation in various hardware terminals in the market.

“Develop once, deploy on multiple sites”

Hongmeng’s English name “HarmonyOS”, translated into Chinese, means “fusion”, implying the grandeur and inclusiveness of this system.

The computing power upgrade brought about by the popularization of 5G enables the Hongmeng system to virtualize the capabilities of each terminal hardware into a shared resource pool. Apps on any terminal can call data from other terminals through this system, and can also transmit data to The results are returned after processing by other terminals.

Take an example from a real life scenario:

When you have a voice call in the car, you can transfer the call to your mobile phone after you turn off the car and get out of the car. When you walk to the door, transfer the call to the smart bracelet, and then free your hand to turn over the bag to get the key. After entering the door, you can transfer the call to the TV again. , turn on the camera, and connect the video.

The basis for the seamless connection between this series of devices is the “distributed technology” introduced by Huawei at the press conference. As long as a device terminal under the Hongmeng system is used, the functions of other terminal devices can be called.

It sounds dreamy, but it’s slowly becoming a reality:

At the Huawei Developer Conference on September 10, 2020, Huawei released Hongmeng OS 2.0, and then Baidu Maps announced through its official Weibo that it has cooperated with Huawei Hongmeng OS 2.0. The navigation information on Huawei mobile phones can be accessed from mobile phones without The seam flow is transferred to the watch, and the real-time route can be viewed by raising the wrist. Similarly, Didi also began to support taxi rides on the Huawei Watch GT2 Pro.

Just as the content covered by “1+8+N” proposed by Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business at the press conference (“1” refers to mobile phones, “8” refers to the entrance of large screens such as PCs, tablets, smart screens, and car machines, As well as smart mobile terminals such as headphones, speakers, watches, glasses, etc., N is the hardware that other partners cooperate with Huawei), among all hardware terminals in this range, as well as today’s major mainstream software, is gradually forming a Complete ecology – a smart ecology based on various scenarios in the life of mass consumers, seamless collaboration between various hardware and software, making life more “efficient and convenient”.

In the future, with the gradual advancement of the Internet of Everything, the boundaries between hardware and hardware will become more and more blurred, and the difference between different devices may only be “the difference in screen size”.

“Everything is Connected”

Google’s Android system can occupy a considerable share of today’s mobile phone market, a very important reason is because of open source. But it is precisely because of open source that there is often incompatibility between software and hardware in use, and it cannot be efficiently interconnected.

Hongmeng OS takes another approach in open source, decoupling the system, cutting it according to business logic, and then labeling all the modules after cutting, reminding developers what kind of hardware each module is suitable for. Tens of thousands of modules only need to report performance parameters, and the development efficiency is greatly improved.

At the same time, Huawei is also working hard to help domestic terminal manufacturers build software systems to provide consumers with a better experience through efficient information exchange, so as to gain more support from manufacturers and make them willing to adapt their devices to the Hongmeng system. .

With the expansion of the range of compatible devices, the ecology of Hongmeng OS will become more and more perfect.

Before any new technology is popularized, the public will be skeptical about it. In particular, the innovation of information transmission technology will often bring about changes in the entire industry.

Just like when the 3G network transitioned to 4G, I never thought that I could watch video games directly on my mobile phone in the future, but I used to watch live texts.

Up to now, a variety of mainstream software including Baidu Maps, Didi, WPS, as well as terminal hardware manufacturers such as Midea and Joyoung have joined the Hongmeng OS ecosystem.

With the full commercial use of 5G, the future of automated driving, VR scene learning, smart car and mobile phone interconnection and other scenarios may be able to see the shadow of Hongmeng. Although invisible, it is everywhere.

As an operating system completely built by domestic brands, Hongmeng OS has a bright future.


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