China Has Introduced The World's First Car With The Huawei HiCar Operating System
China has introduced the world's first car with a new operating system on Board, harmony OS from Huawei. The car was developed by the Chinese manufacturer BYD, one of the largest, and this is an electric car called Han. However, BYD has been making electric cars for a long time, and the built-in HiCar system is more interesting here-this is what Huawei calls the solution for a constantly connected car. The vehicle has a built-in chip with a 5G modem, and it can be controlled from a phone. For instance, you can remotely open doors, switch climate control modes, or send pre-set routes there and use, for example, a voice assistant.
The HiCar system is promised to be built into 120 models of different cars, ranging from local Chinese brands to Audi, which is quite popular in the rest of the world. And this very HiCar in this case, as they say, is made on the basis of Harmony OS version 2.0, it is also Hongmeng OS, if for the Chinese market. Here it is interesting that the release of this operating system was supposed to take place only in the fall, but recently information about it leaked to the network and a top Manager of Huawei confirmed all the rumors.
The peculiarity of this version of Huawei's own operating system is that it is suitable not only for the Internet of things devices but also for devices such as smartwatches, wristbands, computers, and car systems. Here, surprisingly, right after a sudden leak, as if by order, the announcement of an entire car. That is, either after the leak, they decided not to hide the car anymore, or everything was orchestrated from start to finish. Here the point is that the feature of this new version of Huawei's own operating system is called improved integration and interaction between devices built on its basis.
In other words, we are talking about purposefully building its own independent ecosystem, something that Huawei has already developed, but is now doing with particular tenacity after being excluded from the Google ecosystem due to US sanctions. This includes the app store for smartphones running on the Android operating system and the Google Play Store. Here the Chinese again found something to answer, not very radically, but at least symbolically. For its version of Android, built on a public version of this platform, Huawei has had its own AppGallery store before. So, now Huawei said that they are reducing the Commission for software developers. This is obviously a PR move against the background of the recently popular accusations by Google and Apple that the 30 percent they take away from all payments in favor of developers is too much.
And now Huawei promises not to take Commission from all programs except games in the first year of placement. Then the Commission will increase to 15%, and for educational apps they have made an additional discount, they will only pay 10%. That is, everything is two or three times cheaper than Apple and Google. There is a true reverse policy – developers pay 30% of the subscription price and all internal purchases in the first year, then the Commission is halved.