Huawei launches its own operating system Harmony OS

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Huawei has launched its own OS. It is called HarmonyOS or in Mandarin, Hongmeng OS. CEO, Richard Yu said that the OS can be used across smartphones to smart speakers and even sensors. It will mainly be operating on the internet of things (IoT) which refers to devices that connect to the internet.

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According to CNET, the HarmonyOS was created as a precaution in case Huawei lost access to Google’s Android software. Yu mentioned that like Android, HarmonyOS will be open source, giving developers room to modify it for their hardware and increasing potential for a broader embrace of the platform. He also said migrating from Android to HarmonyOS would take several days, and that cross-device OS will support a host of app languages including Android, Linux at HTML5.

The reason why Huawei had to formulate a plan B was due to the national emergency and imposed business restrictions, an executive order made by US President Donald Trump in May. This prohibits Huawei from buying or selling any new products from US firms. Following which, Google also suspended business activities with Huawei but the restrictions were later eased to a limit of 90 days by the US government. The timeline is drawing near.

ABOUT Harmony OS

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Yu said that “many” device-makers have expressed their “strong interest” in using this OS but did not reveal names. He added that the two dominant OSes (iOS & Android) do not cater for the vast number of devices available in the market today. The new OS aims to create a single software to work across multiple devices via large memory and power devices such as laptops and smartphones to smaller hardware like sensors, all made possible with Huawei technology.

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Harmony is the next-generation system based on a microkernel. According to China Daily, Huawei says that it has over 500 million registered users and 910,000 application developers on its platform. Yu sums up Harmony’s mission and what they set out to do:

“We’re entering a day and age where people expect a holistic intelligent experience across all devices and scenarios. To support this, we felt it was important to have an operating system with improved cross-platform capabilities. We need an OS that supports all scenarios, that can be used across a broad range of devices and platforms, and that can meet consumer demand for low latency and strong security”

Harmony OS RELEASE DATES

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The announcement was on 9 August 2019. It is likely to roll-out in China and gradually make its global presence known, but there is no official news about when it may be released in the UK, US or Europe. According to Pocket Lint, it is possible that HarmonyOS will appear on the Huawei Mate 30 Lite, a low-cost device set to be released in October 2019, following the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. As for now, there isn’t a confirmation just yet.

WILL ALL HUAWEI DEVICES
RUN ON Harmony OS?

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Is Huawei’s HarmonyOS the new Android? When asked Huawei president of consumer business group Western Europe Walter Ji about an alternative, the response was that Huawei “remains committed to Android ecosystem”. Even so, Huawei’s plan B is backed up with action plans. For now, Huawei plans to keep using Android.


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