JD.com Launches HarmonyOS Native App Trial Version, Introducing Multi-Terminal Unified Development Solution Taro

JD.com today announced the launch of its HarmonyOS native app trial version, along with the introduction of a multi-terminal unified development solution, Taro.

The newly launched JD.com HarmonyOS native app trial version, leveraging the system-level AI capabilities, Pangu model, and intent framework of HarmonyOS NEXT, can understand users’ explicit and advanced intents, and through smart entry points such as XiaoYi suggestions, XiaoYi dialogue, and smart search across various scenarios, more accurately meet users’ personalized needs in different terminals or scenarios.

Benefiting from HarmonyOS NEXT’s ability to develop once and deploy across multiple terminals, JD.com can significantly reduce the cost and workload of developing HarmonyOS native apps, enabling upgrades on various HarmonyOS ecosystem terminals such as smartphones, tablets, smart screens, and in-car devices.

Next, JD.com will further deepen its cooperation with HarmonyOS, for example, by expanding the application scenarios of instant retail through the system-level live window function of HarmonyOS, and further improving multi-scenario interactive experiences through innovative functions such as application continuation.

As early as September 2020, JD.com and Huawei signed a strategic cooperation agreement, and successfully launched a JD.com HarmonyOS hybrid package at the release of HarmonyOS 2.0 in June 2021.

In January of this year, JD.com officially started the development of HarmonyOS native applications, leveraging the full-scenario, native intelligence, and native security features of HarmonyOS NEXT, to create new shopping experiences for consumers. JD.com stated that during the adaptation of the HarmonyOS, JD.com and Huawei jointly tackled industry adaptation difficulties, and pioneered the industry by achieving native development support for HarmonyOS ArkUI with the multi-terminal unified development solution Taro, laying the foundation technical support for the rapid adaptation of JD.com App to HarmonyOS NEXT and subsequent HarmonyOS ecosystem construction.

The HarmonyOS version of the JD.com App was developed using JD.com‘s Taro technology, and as a multi-terminal unified development solution, Taro enables the development of cross-terminal applications such as mini-programs, H5, and RN using web development paradigms.

Based on Taro’s “one codebase, multi-terminal adaptation” capabilities, the HarmonyOS version of the JD.com App achieved code unification with the JD.com shopping mini-program, reducing the cost of multi-terminal development and maintenance. Through the experience of both parties’ cooperation, JD.com will help internal and industry-wide mini-programs, H5, and RN businesses quickly migrate to the HarmonyOS ecosystem.

At the same time, to further enhance Taro’s performance in HarmonyOS application development, JD.com is working closely with Huawei to launch an adaptation version based on CAPI. The development of the single-threaded architecture CAPI version is nearly complete, achieving a significant improvement in rendering performance.

Both parties are also initiating the development of a dual-threaded architecture version, with the future performance of HarmonyOS applications developed with Taro claiming to be infinitely close to the performance and experience of native ArkTS applications, and even exceeds the former in certain specific scenarios.