MagicOS 8.0: AI Simplifies UX

On January 10th, Honor officially launched its self-developed operating system, MagicOS 8.0. This release introduces the industry’s first platform-level AI-enabled intent recognition human-machine interaction, setting a new paradigm for smart terminal interactions. Under the comprehensive enablement of platform-level AI, MagicOS 8.0 delivers an upgraded experience across four major pillars: smart connectivity, smooth performance, privacy and security, and technological aesthetics. Additionally, the Magic6 series marked the debut of Honor’s in-house developed 7 billion parameter model – the “Magic Model” – bolstering the operating system’s “new kernel” with platform-level AI to further craft a personalized operating system that continuously improves and better understands the user over time. During the event, Honor also announced the launch of the “Hundred Model Ecosystem Plan,” aiming to provide an entry for China’s top hundred models through MagicOS, working with industry partners to create a new ecosystem of large model services.

Honor CEO, Zhao Ming, expressed that Honor intends to redefine human-machine interaction through AI. From launching the Magic Live smart system on the first-generation Magic in 2016, to the platform-level AI layout with MagicOS 7.0 in 2022, and now to the creation of a new intent recognition interaction paradigm with MagicOS 8.0, Honor has been steadfast in its embrace of the AI revolution. With total AI research and development expenses summing up to 10 billion, and 2100 AI patent achievements, Honor has shown its commitment. In this new chapter of AI, Chinese smartphone manufacturers like Honor, aligned with Chinese internet companies, will create AI application services most suited to our local culture and social structure, empowering Honor’s two hundred million users in their personal productivity and creativity. It is believed that China’s AI power will become a globally recognized technological innovation.

Platform-level AI empowers the first release of intent recognition human-machine interaction in MagicOS 8.0

A new wave of AI is driving significant changes in operating systems. Following Command Line Interface (CLI), Graphical User Interface (GUI), and Natural User Interface (NUI), MagicOS 8.0 is equipped with the industry’s first intent-based smart terminal interaction paradigm – Intent-based User Interface (IUI). This goes beyond the traditional model of searching for services based on user requests, to a direct-to-service method based on intent. Magic Live’s platform-level AI capabilities in context awareness, intent decision-making, and user understanding enable IUI on MagicOS 8.0 to support interactions across natural language, voice, images, gestures, eye movements, and more. It can intelligently identify user intent, make rapid inferences and decisions, and proactively offer personalized services to efficiently complete complex task loops, significantly simplifying the use of the OS and enhancing interaction efficiency.

This new paradigm is possible thanks to MagicOS’s “new kernel” – the platform-level AI. Unlike application-level AI, platform-level AI can fully enable the OS as an underlying technology. While traditional OS kernels are responsible for managing hardware resources, the “new kernel” of platform-level AI manages factors related to humans, such as personal knowledge databases, location and status, habits, and profiles. This helps the OS precisely identify user intent and efficiently allocate system services, creating a smart experience that anticipates and understands user needs.

MagicOS’s IUI introduces a “magical” experience – the Anywhere Door, which based on intent recognition, allows services to be accessed across apps and devices in one step, enabling smart transitions. Honor’s Anywhere Door already supports over 100 mainstream Chinese application services, covering seven high-frequency scenarios such as travel, work, socializing, search, entertainment, shopping, and dining. Services like Baidu Maps, Bilibili, Gaode, Didi, Douyin (TikTok), Youku, and Alipay have all incorporated the Anywhere Door, allowing users to drag and drop addresses for taxi service or navigation, search for specific terms, compare prices or shop with a picture of a product, decode shopping phrases, print files or text, watch movies from a title drag, share files, or globally collect them with a drag. Additionally, trusted devices can be used to transition services to car infotainment systems, printers, and more.

The Magic6 series premiers Honor’s self-developed “Magic Model,” reinforcing the OS’s “new kernel”

MagicOS 8.0 also premieres Honor’s first side-platform-level AI large model – the Magic Model – on the Magic6 series. Developed in deep collaboration with Qualcomm, the 7B Magic Model has been quantitatively compressed and deployed on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen3, enabling smooth operation on the device side and solving the challenge of balancing performance with power consumption.

The Magic Model empowers MagicOS with strong natural language comprehension and efficient multimodal information analysis abilities, allowing platform-level AI to elevate from perception to cognition. This reinforces the “new kernel” and offers users personalized, humanized, and privacy-protected new experiences. MagicOS Integrates AI into Everyday Experiences with “Magical” Features

MagicOS is revolutionizing the way AI is used in everyday scenarios, creating multiple “magical” Interactive User Interface (IUI) experiences. With features like “Conversation to Video,” you can chat with the AI assistant YOYO in natural language and it will automatically select specific media from your personal gallery to swiftly edit into personalized highlight videos. The “Multimodal Schedule Management” allows complex text, images, snapshots from conversations, and more to be dragged and dropped into AnyDoor, where deep semantic understanding and image understanding work in tandem to create schedules in one easy step. Furthermore, MagicOS introduces “Semantic Image Search” in your gallery using natural language for precise results and is an industry first in offering semantic video search. This allows users to pinpoint specific scenes within a video and jump straight to them with one click.

Launch of the “Model 100 Ecosystem Plan” for a New Model of Collaborative Services

Changes in interaction drive transformations in ecosystems. Addressing issues that users face with cloud-based models, such as hesitance to ask or not knowing how to ask questions, MagicOS 8.0 introduces a “new ecosystem” paradigm based on IUI. YOYO, the intelligent assistant, and the AI models on both the device and the cloud work together to offer more “intent-driven” experiences. The device AI, acting as a central controller, understands user intents, breaks down tasks, and securely connects to cloud-based models. It delegates atomic services for integrated task execution while protecting personal privacy and ensuring data doesn’t transfer to the cloud.

Under this new paradigm, the “Model 100 Ecosystem Plan” has been announced. Honor is collaborating with partners to craft a new service ecosystem that brings together device and cloud-based models. Honor will provide access to the top 100 models, allowing both cloud-based generic models and specific industry-domain models to be integrated into MagicOS in a shoppable format. This will enable third-party applications to easily leverage Honor’s large-scale models to enhance user experiences. At the launch event, Honor and its three partners introduced three new collaborative experiences:

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Experience 1: In collaboration with Amap, an efficient travel experience is created. Through intuitive dialogue such as “First to my wife’s company, then home, and finally, the usual place to meet old friends,” the device AI will interpret and automatically initiate a multi-leg navigation.

Experience 2: Teaming up with the cloud-based Baidu Wenxin large-scale model, the YOYO assistant is designed to deliver more professional services including localized text writing, knowledge Q&A, and lifestyle advice.

Experience 3: In partnership with the aviation and travel domain-specific Ctrip large scale model, ticket booking is made efficient and hassle-free. Users can express their booking needs simply, without repeated reminders of personal preferences as the device AI collates information like personal schedules, distances to destinations, and usual flying habits to efficiently facilitate booking through the cloud model.

These enhanced experiences are expected to go live in the first half of 2024, with an array of top-model service experiences to follow as the Model 100 Plan expands and new partners join the ecosystem.

During the MagicOS launch event, Baidu Intelligent Cloud became a strategic partner in the Honor model ecosystem. Shen Dou, Executive Vice President of Baidu Group and President of Baidu Intelligent Cloud Business Group, stated at the Honor launch, “MagicOS is a highly innovative and influential mobile application ecosystem. In the age of large-scale models, it offers expansive opportunities for developers and unparalleled intelligent experiences for users, driving the industry forward. As strategic partners, Baidu Intelligent Cloud will focus on the deep integration of device and cloud models alongside Honor, promoting ecological prosperity together.”

Enhanced User-Centric Experience with AI in MagicOS

Under the evolving platform-level AI capabilities, MagicOS 8.0 delivers transformative human-machine interaction and advancements across four major realms: intelligent connectivity, fluid performance, privacy, and security, and aesthetic design.

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Fang Fei, President of Product Line at Honor Terminal Co., Ltd., shared, “Since its inception, Honor has designed an interconnected product and service map centered around the user, creating an ecosystem that spans systems, devices, and applications through MagicOS, and innovating with the concept of services that seek out the user. Our vision has remained consistent over three years of dedication, and today we present the new MagicOS, forging a seamless, intuitive new world of smart living.”

In terms of smart connectivity, one of MagicOS’s four core technologies—MagicRing’s trust circle experience—has been comprehensively upgraded to center around the user. With a full-stack reconstruction, the trust circle evolved from point-to-point networking to full connectivity, reducing power consumption by 25%, increasing networking speed by 500%, and supporting up to 8 concurrent services—such as calls, notifications, mouse and keyboard control, file transfers, window sharing, camera access, and audio/video services flowautomatically. Additional devices and services including printers (Canon, Lenovo, etc.), watches, headsets, and car systems have joined the trust circle, embracing various life scenarios like fitness, office work, education, travel, and smart home applications. With AI incorporated into its connective technology stack, Honor introduces an industry-first intelligent decision layer, sensing the user’s current device and bringing services to them accordingly. For travel, Honor has connected with major automakers like Changan Automobile, Great Wall Motors, and GAC Group to ensure services like music, audio content, navigation, video calls, and ride-hailing seamlessly transition to the vehicle with the assistance of AnyDoor, facilitating the transfer of dashcam photos and videos to the phone as required. In addition, the trust circle now supports cross-system, cross-screen application window dragging, allowing phones, PCs, and tablets to serve as extensions of each other’s displays; PCs and tablets can even directly use the phone’s camera to insert photos into documents. In terms of performance fluency, the platform-level AI enhanced Turbo X system engine deeply understands user intentions and app behaviors. It features multi-target hierarchical scheduling and refined resource allocation to ensure intelligent app preservation, exceptionally smooth multitasking in extreme scenarios, super-responsive touch controls, and uninterrupted connection even in weak network conditions, delivering a high-quality and stable experience. According to data from the Honor Extreme Lab, in fluidity tests matching those of iOS, the scenarios where MagicOS excels have increased to 42% (up from 30% with MagicOS 7.2).

For privacy and security, the evolution of on-device AI technology brings a system-level security space with MagicOS 8.0. “Parallel Space” will be available on tablet models, allowing for the transfer of photos and files through a “Portal” to a secure space. Moreover, the system enhances app lifecycle management and anti-harassment radar, providing precise blocking of spammy “shake-to-advertise” content.

Furthermore, with the support of platform-level AI, MagicOS 8.0 offers more intelligent interactions and technology aesthetic experiences: Dynamic Capsule, first introduced in the Honor V20’s punch-hole screen in 2018, now incorporates YOYO suggestions for a more systematic design. It offers a multi-modal intelligent experience through capsules, cards, voice, and eye control, and can display real-time task status for “taxi, take-out, flights, trains, express delivery, music playback, movies, games, and system services” among 8 types of scenarios, accessible globally with just a glance. Apps like Baidu, Didi, Gaode Taxi, Air Travel, Meituan Takeout, Fengchao, SF Express, QQ Music, and NetEase Cloud Music currently offer this experience; Magic Lock Screen, which incorporates family and pets into a poster-like beautiful lock screen; Industry-first Atomic Applications, which expand to show atomized services when desktop icons are dragged; Versatile Desktops: The transformability of atomic applications and folders allows users to freely customize personalized, scenario-based desktops; Smart Docking, which turns the phone into a beautiful clock, calendar, electronic photo frame, and motto display when laid horizontally; Personal Affairs Center: A variety of notifications, including utility payments, flight and hotel bookings, loan repayments, personal schedules, traffic fines, medical appointments, drama tracking, and more, are automatically parsed into “My Day” in the Personal Affairs Center, with AI-based intent recognition for proactive reminders; Personal Knowledge Center – Quickly collect web pages, videos, files, and more with a three-finger swipe down from over 300+ apps and support for multi-device transfer.

Additionally, Honor is introducing a brand-new Consumer Cloud Service specifically for the Chinese market, featuring a self-developed product matrix that includes an app market, game center, theme center, and intelligent services. This new channel and traffic aim to unlock growth for ecosystem partners. By 2024, the Honor Voyage Plan will be significantly upgraded to support resources of up to 2 billion yuan, integrating application distribution, service distribution, content distribution, and more to accelerate and support developer innovation for commercial breakthroughs.

At the launch event, Honor also announced the public beta program for MagicOS 8.0. This program encompasses 42 models including the Magic series, Honor Digital series, X50 series, X40 GT, Honor Pad 9, MagicPad 13, and V8pro. Different models will begin beta testing in batches in the first half of 2024. For more details, visit the Honor MagicOS official website or Honor’s official Weibo account.

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