Published: Sun, August 11, 2019
Markets | By Erika Turner

Huawei Launches Own OS Dubbed HarmonyOS, To Rival Android And iOS

Huawei Launches Own OS Dubbed HarmonyOS, To Rival Android And iOS

It is reported by global media that Huawei has been working on its own operating system since 2012 as a "Plan B".

Amid fears of getting cut off from the Android systems due to the US-China trade war, Chinese tech giant Huawei on Friday launched its own operating system called HarmonyOS or HongMeng in Chinese. Over the next three years, Huawei says HarmonyOS will be optimized and gradually adopted across a broader range of smart devices, including wearables, and head units for your vehicle.

Huawei CEO Richard Yu said that HarmonyOS is "the first microkernel-based distributed OS for all scenarios". The operating system can be used on various smart devices and will be launched on "smart screen products", such as televisions, later this year. And that is likely the factor that gives HarmonyOS the most importance for Huawei.

At the keynote, Yu claimed that HarmonyOS can, in theory, replace Android but did clearly state that for now, Huawei will stick to Google's software on its smartphones. As of now, Android will continue to be the OS of Huawei and Honor smartphones and tablets. HarmonyOS will first appear in the Chinese market, with plans to extend further after that: to encourage broader adoption, Huawei will release HarmonyOS as an open-source platform, worldwide. HarmonyOS, unlike other major operating systems, is created to work on every device thanks to it being micro-kernel based.

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The cat is out of the hat...err, we mean bag.

The Mate 30 Pro is Huawei's next flagship smartphone and the best candidate to run HarmonyOS out of the box in China.

The CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu, announced the new OS just as Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) 2019 is about to begin in Dongguan, China.

In reality, a new operating system would face a significant battle in a market that has been for some time a two-horse race between Android and iOS. Yu believed that Harmony OS will deliver a smooth and overwhelming experience to users across all scenarios. According to the Chinese company, if it can not use Android in its devices, it would be ready to switch to an OS, which it claimed would be 60 percent faster than Google's OS. Some commentators are skeptical about whether Huawei will succeed in removing Android from its smartphones. That's a term Huawei uses in the press release to address security, but there's no explicit mention of HarmonyOS encryption anywhere in it.

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