Huawei Developer Congress gathers experts, partners

During the three-day event, 600 technical experts from Huawei met with nearly 6,000 worldwide developers and partners.
Updated 11 August 2019

Huawei Developer Congress gathers experts, partners

At Huawei’s Songshan Lake Base in Dongguan, China, the Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) took place from Aug. 9 to 11th. During the three-day event, 600 technical experts from Huawei met with nearly 6,000 worldwide developers and partners to discuss the latest key distributed technologies and global ecosystem development under the theme of “Rethink the Possibilities.” The aim of this event was to explore a future-oriented smart ecosystem based on all-scenarios intelligence that delivers ultimate experience to every user.

In 2010, while still a newbie in the handset market, Huawei shipped 3 million mobile phones. However, eight years on, the number has increased by 68 times. In 2019 H1, Huawei reportedly sold 118 million smartphones, a year-on-year increase of 24 percent and making up 17.6 percent of the global smartphone market, according to IDC. This surge is not just exclusive to handsets, and shipments of Huawei tablets, PCs, and wearable devices have also witnessed rapid growth, causing business to span across 170 countries and 530 million users. Today, the Huawei HiAI open platform has more than 2,500 partners and over 140 million IoT devices worldwide support HiLink protocols.

To demonstrate its software strength, Huawei showcased the new micro kernel-based distributed OS for all scenarios at this year’s HDC, HarmonyOS. This OS technology marks the dawn of the intelligent era in the Internet of Everything.

“The HarmonyOS connects everything and opens up a trillion-dollar market. HarmonyOS is not just for today and tomorrow, but is the catalyst for all technology in the future,” said Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business. “Huawei is dedicated to innovating our underlying technologies, including chips and OS, and tackling common pain points, all with the goal of helping our customers and developers.” HarmonyOS is an open-source OS, and further, Huawei will fully open its Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) to global developers, allowing them to quickly access the HMS ecosystem for resource sharing.

At the launch event, Huawei released two operating systems. One is the new micro kernel-based distributed all-scenario operating system of HarmonyOS, which will first deploy on intelligent terminals such as Huawei Vision, vehicle terminals, and wearables. In the future, more intelligent devices will run on the open-source HarmonyOS. The other OS is the Android-based EMUI10, which is designed for Huawei smartphones and tablets.

At the HDC, Huawei also showcased some innovative technologies, such as using space computing algorithms and AI identification technologies to build Cyberverse services that integrate virtual and real worlds to deliver superior visual experience. 

“We will build ecosystems and attract partners,” said Chengdong, “What we announced and demonstrated at this year’s Huawei Developer Conference will lay a solid foundation for executing our all-scenario intelligent life strategy in the next 5 to 10 years.”


Khalaf Al Habtoor extends timely medical assistance to Lebanese hospitals

Updated 05 August 2020

Khalaf Al Habtoor extends timely medical assistance to Lebanese hospitals

  • Al Habtoor will arrange one-month’s worth of urgent medical supplies for hospitals in the country that have more than 1,000 beds
  • The Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital at Hrar in northern Lebanon will open up auxiliary treatment support for patients who are unable to be accommodated in Beirut hospitals

DUBAI: Khalaf Al Habtoor, the founding chairman of Al Habtoor Group (AHG), based in the UAE, is reaching out with timely aid for the Lebanese people after the massive explosion at a Beirut port on Tuesday, August 4, that devastated many neighborhoods, leaving more than a hundred dead people and thousands injured.

Al Habtoor, known for his philanthropic activities in the UAE and abroad, said he will extend all possible efforts within his means to aid the affected people in Lebanon as a first step of a multi-pronged assistance plan. As a first step, Al Habtoor will arrange one-month’s worth of urgent medical supplies for hospitals in the country that have more than 1,000 beds. The hospitals to be aided through this initiative include Haroun Hospital, Al Makasid Hospital, Levant Hospital, Rizk Hospital, Rafic Hariri Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital and the Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital, Hrar.

Additionally, the Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital at Hrar in northern Lebanon will open up auxiliary treatment support for patients who are unable to be accommodated in Beirut hospitals, conducting at least 100 operations for those injured in the explosion. To help those who require much needed recovery and recuperation assistance, the hospital will also rent out a nearby hotel, which will act as a temporary off-site field hospital for post-operative care and treatment.

More than 300,000 people have been left homeless by the blast, which tore through several dozen neighborhoods close to the port area, razing several buildings and shattering glass windows in a much wider area outside the blast zone. Two hotels owned by Habtoor Hospitality in Beirut, Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand and Hilton Metropolitan Palace, have been damaged in the fallout of the explosion.

Al Habtoor said: “The country and people of Lebanon have always had a special place in my heart. This explosion which has devastated the capital city in the midst of an already severe economic crisis has left the common people badly shaken. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and will leave no stone unturned in reaching them the best possible emergency and medical aid, post-operative care and temporary accommodation for those rendered homeless by the tragic event.”

He added that the cries of the Lebanese people for help have been heard and that it was important to respond by offering the right kind of assistance and treatment, in terms of quantity, quality and the timing it reaches the people.

The visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist has extended generous contribution to Lebanon in various forms over the last decade, including refugee aid programs, Ramadan campaigns, wintertime distribution of food packages and blankets, the establishment of The Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital, and a multitude of charitable donations.