During a smart office product launch event on Monday, Chinese telecommunications and electronics firm Huawei released several new products, including the Huawei MateBook 13s and 14s, the MateStation X desktop PC, the MateView GT 27 monitor and the PixLab X1 printer. The firm also announced that the total number of users who have upgraded their devices to HarmonyOS 2 has passed the 100 million mark.
HarmonyOS 2 reached 10 million users just one week after its release on June 2 before rising to 30 million on July 8.
Huawei has lifted its year-end target for the self-developed operating system HarmonyOS to 400 million devices, up from the previous projection of 300 million devices in August.
“HarmonyOS brings users a simpler way to connect, superior user experience, and more convenient services with multiple devices for different scenarios,” said Richard Yu, Executive Director and CEO of Consumer Business Group.
As an operating system for smart devices, HarmonyOS allows different types of devices to connect and communicate with each other through a common digital language. In the Control Panel, you can drag an icon of one device to that of another to connect the two, allowing you to use multiple devices as easily as using one.
Users can customize their home screen with widgets of different sizes to suit their own personal style. Widgets also allow them to easily access the firm’s line of “Atomic Services,” such as news and the calendar, without even opening an app.
The event also included a new category of products, the Huawei PixLab X1 printer running HarmonyOS. Users can connect the printer via Bluetooth to nearby Huawei products, including phones, tablets or PCs, through the popup window on the screen. This process takes as little as 20 seconds.
To meet user demands, Huawei has invested heavily in R&D to adapt HarmonyOS 2 to nearly 100 different device models one quarter ahead of schedule.
HarmonyOS has also attracted many developers and partners. The number of HarmonyOS developers has surpassed 1.3 million, a ten-fold increase from last year. More than 1000 hardware vendors, such as Midea and Joyoung, have embraced HarmonyOS Connect to help create a more convenient user experience, which includes simplified connection and interaction, service widgets and hardware capability sharing. Platforms such as JD.com, Youku, and Sina News have developed easily accessible HarmonyOS apps and services which have improved user retention and activity.