HDC 2021: Huawei provides updates on HarmonyOS, HMS Core 6, and more

During this year’s Huawei Developer Conference (HDC 2021), the tech giant took the opportunity to provide key updates on HarmonyOS, HMS Core 6, and more.

The theme of the event was “Together” and was used in regards to both the community and technologies that Huawei is building around its ecosystem.

In this article, we’ll recap some big announcements and interesting tech sessions from this year’s event.

HarmonyOS 3.0

Huawei’s open source in-house...

65% of companies are concerned about the wellbeing of developers

Research conducted by Forrester Consulting has found that a majority of companies are concerned about the wellbeing of developers.

The research, commissioned by The Qt Company, also highlighted that 75 percent of connected device manufacturers are finding the demand for skills is outstripping supply.

“All too often native development for individual chipsets leads to isolated pockets of skills that are hard to transfer to new platforms,” said Marko Kaasila, SVP of...

Q&A, Albert Jordan, HARMAN: On building a platform for connected vehicles

Developer spoke with Albert Jordan, VP of Ignite Automotive Cloud at Samsung subsidiary HARMAN, about building a platform for connected vehicles and why developers should come along for the ride.

Developer: Why should developers launch apps on the Ignite Store over other automotive app platforms?

Albert Jordan: Aside from the Google Automotive Services (GAS) Play Store, there are no standard Android app stores deployed commercially. OEMs have tried to deploy their own...

HARMAN’s Ignite Store Developers Portal provides a hub for Android Automotive devs

Samsung subsidiary HARMAN has launched the Ignite Store Developers Portal, a hub for the Android Automotive developer community.

HARMAN is traditionally an audio company but began its transition towards offering connected services in 2015 following the acquisitions of Redbend and Symphony Teleca. The following year, HARMAN acquired automotive cybersecurity firm TowerSec.

The company now has years of experience in the automotive industry and launched the HARMAN Ignite...

Huawei aims for HarmonyOS to connect 300M devices this year

Huawei’s in-house operating system HarmonyOS is aiming to connect 300 million devices by the end of this year.

The OS claims to enable devices to connect and collaborate “in a single language” to deliver a seamless user experience. The concept can be likened to Microsoft’s ambitious Universal Windows Platform (UWP) which, though exciting, has struggled to gain traction.

Huawei’s universal platform effort may fare better than Microsoft’s thanks to support for...

A developer’s guide to satellite IoT: Standards and support

For today’s generation of technology application developers and engineers, choosing a communications partner can be a daunting task. With the pool of potential connectivity partners more varied than ever before, the seemingly simple act of picking a partner to help bring a new connected device or application to market comes with its own set of challenges. In addition, due to the ubiquitous nature of the web, applications can be developed quickly and deployed easily to almost any market...

Google wants help developing Fuchsia OS… but still won’t reveal its purpose

Google is calling for more public help in developing its mysterious Fuchsia OS, despite still not revealing what it’s for.

We still know very little about the purpose of Fuchsia. We know the OS is based on a microkernel called Zircon rather than Google’s go-to of a Linux kernel, but why it’s being developed is still just guesswork.

In a blog post, Google wrote:

“Fuchsia is an open source project that is inclusive by design, from the architecture of the...

New developer tools boost Google Assistant’s capabilities

Google has launched new tools for developers which are designed to boost Assistant's capabilities when responding to user requests.

The virtual assistant is regularly found to handle general queries better than its closest competitors, but too often you can think it would just be quicker to do a task yourself. We're still far off from the sci-fi visions of AI assistants like HAL and JARVIS.

Google Assistant, and its rivals, have made large strides in improving areas such...

Google subsidiary Wing is first to use a new drone safety API

A subsidiary of Google called Wing is the first to use a new drone safety API developed by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

Project Wing is an autonomous delivery drone service aiming to increase access to goods, reduce traffic congestion in cities, and help ease the CO2 emissions attributable to the transportation of goods.

Wing is also developing a platform enabling unmanned aircraft to navigate around other drones, manned aircraft, and other...