If Huawei can’t conquer the world with its phone business, it will try to conquer it with HarmonyOS. The company’s software response that emerged after the US ban is gaining more track with every generation. Despite the US ban, Huawei was able to continue using Android due to its open-source Linux nature. But still, it was cut from Google’s experience. Fearing the worst, Huawei started to develop its own software to stay ready for a time when Android was no longer a viable choice. This led to the development and rise of HarmonyOS, which has since evolved from a mere ‘Android replacement’ to a comprehensive software experience found in many of Huawei’s products.
Huawei aims to integrate HarmonyOS into all its products, not just phones. In addition to mobile devices, Huawei plans to expand the use of HarmonyOS to other industries and manufacturers. One of the company’s latest milestones is to ship HarmonyOS on some cars sold in China.
Volkswagen Cars will soon integrate HarmonyOS into its vehicles
The new report comes from Financial Times. Apparently, VW cars in China will soon offer the HarmonyOS experience to its customers. It’s natural to see VW trying to conquer consumers in the country with an experience that is more familiar. To those unaware, the brand’s phones are still popular in China, and HarmonyOS is widely used. As per one of the sources, VW is also open to other partners besides Huawei in China. The firm seeks a long-term partner in the country, but the phone maker still figures on the top of the list with HarmonyOS.
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This seems to be the right move for VW, especially with its software experience that lags behind other EV competitors. The segment of electric vehicles is trending in China, and the players are doing their best to stand amidst the intense competition. It’s worth noting that Huawei has entered the car market with its own brand. Xiaomi will also launch its first car soon and join the competition. VW, for sure, doesn’t want to stay behind major players. So, it will go for the “if you can beat them, join them” philosophy.
Some of the neat features available within the OS
HarmonyOS offers some interesting features for cars. For instance, there is a feature called “Super Home Screen”. It enables apps to work directly on the infotainment system, allowing the app to become part of the car’s smart screen. Another feature is the Dual-Screen Collaboration.
It allows you to edit pictures while sharing happiness with friends. When you edit small videos in the car to post on social media accounts or modify PPT schemes, the large screen of the car is your good helper. The feature also allows you to use the cockpit to work while commuting. The car screen supports multi-screen collaboration with PC computers, screen mirroring, and expansion.
Another notable feature of HarmonyOS for Cars is the adaptive HUD. The camera will actively identify the position of the user’s eyes. During driving, the HUD will quickly adjust to the optimal height according to the real-time position of the eyes.
Let’s see if VW cars will integrate all those neat features into their Chinese cars.