The entire ruckus between Huawei and the United States of America has reached an all-time high. Amidst the constant back and forth between Huawei and the US government, one thing is for certain: Huawei will continue to strive with or without the backing of everyone’s favourite president. That said, Huawei has finally unveiled its first-ever operating system, the HarmonyOS.
Also known as Hongmeng in China, its launch happened during the Huawei Developer Conference. With the monopolisation of both Android and iOS devices that make up the over-saturation of the market, Huawei is finally showing that it is a key player with its latest HarmonyOS.
As of right now, Huawei has ensured that this is just the beginning for its HarmonyOS. Its microkernel-based distributed operating system is considered to be multifaceted, capable of powering multiple devices. It will also be an open-source platform, which will further improve and encourage adoption from users who are not familiar.
When it does make its official debut sometime this year, HarmonyOS will power more than just your regular Huawei smartphone devices. CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, Richard Yu has stated that HarmonyOS is “completely different from Android and iOS. It is a microkernel-based, distributed OS that delivers a smooth experience across all scenarios. It has trustworthy and secure architecture, and it supports seamless collaboration across devices. You can develop your apps once, then flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices,” said Yu.
It has since been stated that HarmonyOS will also be for Internet of Things devices, much like Google’s experimental Fuchsia operating system. This means that other devices like wearables, smart displays, and smart speakers will be able to fully utilise what HarmonyOS has to offer. However, one downside to HarmonyOS is that it still isn’t readily available. This means that Huawei will still be using the Android operating systems for its smartphones, for now.
And ICYMI, Huawei also went one step further, calling out Android on its redundant codes, outdated scheduling mechanism, and general issues altogether.
While it still remains to be seen on what Huawei’s proprietary HarmonyOS is capable of, the future is looking bright for the Chinese tech giant.