Posted on November 25, 2018

Huawei Mobile Services announced the launch of the HiAI 2.0 – an open platform designed to facilitate the development of On-Device artificial intelligence (AI) – at the third Huawei Eco-Connect Europe conference held in Rome. The new HiAI platform provides developers with an open ecosystem that lets them tap into the capabilities of Huawei’s chipsets, devices and cloud via HiAI Foundation, HiAI Engine and HiAI Service.

Lu Wenyu, Chief AI Expert of Product Management Department, Huawei Consumer Business Group, said, “In April 2018, Huawei announced HiAI 1.0, a mobile AI computing platform. By providing developers with operators and APIs, the inaugural platform helped cut down the time and complexity of app development. HiAI 2.0 will bring with it even greater computing power, richer APIs and better support across a wider range of devices. It’ll significantly lower the barrier to entry of AI development, allowing even more developers join in and create exciting new apps for consumers.”

HiAI Foundation provides developers access to chipset capabilities such as support for multiple frameworks and operators, as well as high computational capabilities. The HiAI platform leverages the capabilities of Kirin 980 and its Dual-NPU to realize double image recognition speed compared to its predecessor, or up to 4,500 images per minute. It also supports a greater number of developer models and operators, creating an environment whereby AI apps can run smoother and deliver a better user experience.

The APIs provided on the HiAI Engine allows developers to quickly integrate key features into their projects and focus their efforts on delivering a truly compelling product. A recent example of the HiAI Engine application can be found in the recently launched HUAWEI Mate 20 series which comprises an AI Spotlight Reel – a feature that can identify clips that include characters and auto-generate a 10 second montage. This feature uses face recognition and aesthetic scores provided by the AI Engine and is further amplified by the HiAI computing power – enabling the AI Engine to complete automatic editing on the smartphone.

Lastly, the HiAI Service establishes a bridge between users’ needs and services. By connecting the two, developers can push services to consumers in a timely and proactive manner.

To date, there are over 1,000 partners and 450,000 developers actively working within the Huawei HiAI ecosystem and empowering more than 300 million users with AI capabilities. Under the HiAI program, Huawei operates 13 R&D centers and two Open Labs around the world to collaborate with local developers on app development. These Labs also perform the role of a springboard for successful developers to launch their projects globally.