Huawei New Operating System: HarmonyOS

There were many rumors that Huawei is trying to generate its own operating system for phones, tablets and other smart devices, an insurance in that case it lost access to Google’s Android software. And now is confirmed by the Chinese company at Huawei Developer Conference, where they openly revealed the new operating system HarmonyOS, a cross-device stage earlier known as HongMeng.

What is HarmonyOS:

According to Yu, just like android, HarmonyOS will be an open basis that will allow developers to adapt it for their hardware and open the potential for a broader grip of the platform. Yu also said that it will take some time to migrate from android to HarmonyOS and this cross-device operating system will support a wide range of app languages like Android, Linux and HTML5.

Earlier, Huawei stated some ambiguity about its capability to use Android in future devices as it waited for Commerce Department clearance in the wake of the Trump administration's restrictions.

Huawei executive Catherine Chen approved that HarmonyOS was being built, but said it wasn't for phones. She said it was initially considered for internet of things (IoT) devices like smart TVs, and that it covers far fewer lines of code than a phone OS.

Huawei creator and CEO Ren Zhengfei allegedly resonated the IoT point but bragged that the homegrown OS is about 60% faster than Android, signifying that it had in fact been made for phones. Ren also said HarmonyOS devices will necessitate their own app store.

What are the technical functions for HarmonyOS?

According to Huawei its new operating system HarmonyOS contains four technical functions:

HarmonyOS will facilitate the developers to build compatibles app that will be able to work cross-device.

  • HarmonyOS has new microkernel style and reliable execution environment that will strengthen security.
  • To increase the speed of operating system, machine learning is used in HarmonyOS and in this way, the app speed will boost up to 25.7%.
  • HarmonyOS will be able to use in different devices such as tablets, phones, wearables, TVs, and computer etc.

When will we get the first HarmonyOS devices?

Later in 2019, HarmonyOS firstly come in smart TVs and other smart screen devices. Very soon we will see HarmonyOS in wearables, car infotainment system and more.

According to a report, the first HarmonyOS-powered phone will be launched in 2019 but at international level, HarmonyOS will be released in 2020, and the cost of such a device will be $290 or 2.000-yuan. Huawei also presented specifics about the future updates to EMUI 10, its improved version of Android earlier known as Emotion UI, which it's sticking with for now.

According to Huawei software head wang Chenglu, the future Mate 30 phone will ship with the software and highlight cross-device compatibility. EMUI 10 phone users will be able to answer calls via smart TV integration and beam their phone screen onto a laptop display. The phones are also constructed to assimilate with drones and cars. And we are merging the laptop and the phone into a new device as well.

As we know that Huawei is a gigantic player in smartphones that has second largest market share and that’s why it would be foolish to fully terminate HarmonyOS. In the last few years, all the systems and platforms have jumped up in china to say thanks due to its vast customer base so in case of HarmonyOS failure of catching on ultramarine, the Chinese users would be enough to drive its progress.

What does the US prohibition have to do with HarmonyOS?

Google sealed Huawei devices out of Android updates because of the US-imposed prohibition. The Commerce Department decided Huawei a three-month general license in late May to update existing devices. In the weeks that followed, Huawei apparently had the name "Hongmeng" trademarked in China and Peru, telling that it was formulating for a move away from Android. 

Huawei company requested to the designers of Google Play Store to issue apps in its AppGallery.

A nameless developer issued an email Huawei outwardly sent that presented support in the evolution and free access to the Huawei Developer portal.

It's tough to introduce a new operating system platform from scratch and rally developers behind it. Developers flock to big user bases, and right now that's Apple's iOS and Google's Android. 

Other big-name players have made the attempt. Microsoft tried in vain to make Windows Phone a thing, but it ultimately pulled the plug on the platform. Samsung has pushed Tizen for years, but it's largely transferred to its smartwatch. 

Even BlackBerry, with a recognized base of smartphone users, tried and unsuccessful to introduce an up-to-date, app-based operating system. It ultimately unrestricted it for Android.

Yu stated that the operating system HarmonyOS could be installed and used at any time, which is nearby in that case when Android is no more reachable to Huawei devices.