(ECNS) -- Chinese telecom giant Huawei on Wednesday officially launched its new operating system HarmonyOS 2 for smartphones and all-scenario products in South China's Shenzhen City.
The next-gen operating system provides cross-device collaboration, i.e., it is available for Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices.
Chenglu Wang is both president of Software Department of Huawei's Consumer Business Group and the AI and All-scenario Intelligence Business Unit.
HarmonyOS 2 customers can decide on their own what kinds of devices to connect and collaborate, Wang said.
While listening to music on phones, if there is a high-quality audio player nearby, users can create a "super terminal" by gently touching the audio player with the phone, and the music is then emitted from the audio player, providing users even better sound, he added.
Besides phones, Huawei watches and tablets have the same function.
HarmonyOS makes the desktop clear and concise, said Wang. The personalized "universal card" display effects replace the standard style desktop, e.g. app icons, to save time in opening apps and update information in real time.
There is no need to download and install any apps in advance. All cards lie in the service center and can be added to the desktop by a simple click. Further, cards displaying information or message can be shared with friends who can have a glimpse at once.
HarmonyOS 2 can also extend smartphone usability up to 36 months without downgrading its core performance, Wang said.
Customers would find the smartphones operate faster and smoother, and can easily shift from one app to another.
In addition, the new OS stresses distributed data management and multi-device collaborative identity authentication.
So far, more than 300 application and service partners, 1,000 hardware partners, and 500,000 developers have participated in constructing the Harmony ecosystem.
Nearly 100 devices on HarmonyOS 2 will be upgraded by the first half of 2022, said Richard Yu, CEO of the Consumer Business Group.