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Faster and smoother Android: HarmonyOS 3 unveiled


Today, July 27, Huawei officially unveiled the next generation of its proprietary operating system, HarmonyOS 3. During a special presentation in China, the tech giant spoke about the rapidly growing deployment of HarmonyOS 2, which has already exceeded 300 million installations, and immediately opened registration for participation in beta testing of the new version for everyone. As for innovations, they cannot be called global, but they are largely aimed at increasing the speed of work and smoothness. At the same time, there are several useful features.

The first thing Huawei highlights is that HarmonyOS 3 can now be installed on 12 different types of smart products. The platform supports smartphones, tablets, laptops, smart watches, smart speakers, TVs and other IoT gadgets. New form factors include printers, smart glasses, automobiles, and home appliances. Moreover, HarmonyOS 3 promises a smooth and seamless experience in a common bundle (for example, peripherals will learn to automatically switch between sources), and tablets can be converted into additional smart screens when connected to a computer. The central categories of the ecosystem are PCs, TVs and smartwatches.

Huawei wants to surpass Google in terms of ecosystem optimization and user experience. The new OS does just that.
Huawei wants to surpass Google in terms of ecosystem optimization and user experience. The new OS does just that.

HarmonyOS 3’s top priority is massive architecture-level optimizations. Graphics rendering power consumption was reduced by 11%, while application responsiveness increased by 14%. The Huawei P50 Pro was cited as an example – running HarmonyOS 3 it gets a 7% improvement in application launch speed, and scrolling becomes 18% smoother. For comparison with Android, we took the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (One UI 4 shell): Mate 30 Pro three years ago on HarmonyOS 3 turned out to be more productive, showing speed advantages of 5.7% in response, 4.7% in closing applications and 4 .2% for the duration of copying files.


Major changes in HarmonyOS 3:

  • compatibility with refrigerators, stoves, steamers, massage chairs and other types of household appliances;
  • personalized desktop interface using combinations of widgets, card services and smart folders;
  • smart sorting of desktops by icon color, category or application functions;
  • folders in 3×1 and 1×3 sizes, allowing you to open and store more applications at the same time;
  • redesigned interactive widgets with size, style, color and shape editing;
  • combining several widgets into a stack with the ability to quickly view content with one click;
  • easy control of the smart home from a smartphone with a touch that brings up a settings pop-up window;
  • the Super Device function for the interaction of several devices with each other and the convenient management of a single ecosystem has been expanded to smart glasses, printers, e-readers and cars;
  • the Super Desktop function for quickly displaying the active screen of the smartphone on the car with synchronization and launching mobile applications directly on the on-board panel;
  • wireless broadcasting of the computer screen to the monitor for convenient and more productive work;
  • automatic transfer of an Internet connection from a smartphone to a tablet in the absence of a Wi-Fi network with synchronization of notifications, calls and SMS messages;
  • creating your own unique 3D avatars;
  • support for the use of two pairs of wireless headphones;
  • a security center with a built-in risk detection system and an antivirus that eliminates malicious content;
  • removing sensitive data from images (location, time, device model) before sending them;
  • automatic subtitles working in real time based on artificial intelligence;
  • connecting hearing aids.
HarmonyOS 3's top priority is massive architecture-level optimizations.
HarmonyOS 3’s top priority is massive architecture-level optimizations.

Huawei CEO Richard Yu has confirmed that the stable release of HarmonyOS 3 will take place in September 2022. At the time of the presentation, availability was announced only for Chinese device models, that is, users in China will be able to update in the fall. There are 14 devices included in the first wave of beta testing. A full list and information about international support will be announced later.

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