Huawei forays into smart home with Hilink, Honor Lite OS

Shenzhen (China): Foraying into home automation or the smart home arena, the world's largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei has announced it will launch an open source Operating System (OS) 'Honor Lite OS' and 'HiLink' a communication protocol for Internet of Things (IoT) products.

The twin products under the company's sub-brand 'Honor', are expected to launch in the second quarter of 2016 in China. The company has partnered with Chinese home appliances company Haier and IOT solutions company Broadlink for the HiLink platform which aims at providing a 'universal language' to IoT products, or web-connected home appliances.


Making the announcements at the brand's second anniversary celebrations here, Honor global President George Zhao said that the company wants to focus on its strength of developing the eco-system with its software support to companies instead of building its own smart home appliances.

Hilink can connect devices from various vendors via Bluetooth and WiFi. Zhao said the company will be providing chipset, OS and HiLink protocol to the stakeholders in the ecosystem which includes several home appliances and home automation companies besides Haier and Broadlink.

At the anniversary celebrations Honor also announced new router Honor Router Pro, voice control system TV Honor Voice, technology Smart key 2.0 and EMUI 4.0 with the new version of the smartphone Honor 7, a turbo version of the smartphone Honor 4A, as well as versions 4G, China Telecom, and Kung Fu Panda smartphone Honor 5X.

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