Huawei Technologies Co. introduced a more polished and expansive iteration of its HarmonyOS, the operating system it's developing to replace Android and help China's largest technology company navigate increasingly strict US sanctions.
It will be interesting to see the first mobile phone with Huawei's Harmony OS. Earlier, the company had said HarmonyOS was meant for devices such as smart watches and TVs, among others.
Huawei, which became the largest smartphone seller in the world in the second quarter of this year according to a report from Canalys, officially launched HarmonyOS last year.
"It is a microkernel-based, distributed operating system that delivers a smooth experience across all scenarios. You can develop your apps once, then flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices". There's also a roadmap for an OpenHarmony project set to launch next year that will be an open source version of Harmony OS (similar to the Android Open Source Project). The Huawei official also stated that the new smart products will be a lot more interactive and extremely simple to use, thanks to the new OS. It will be open for developers soon and will support devices with as low as 128KB (yes, kilobytes) of RAM. The wording suggests Huawei has no plans to force its custom operating system onto existing customers and will instead offer the OS as an optional upgrade to anybody interested.
As of now, HMS Core, Huawei's answer to Google Play Services, is said to have around 96,000 apps.
Up until now, Huawei still has access to Android's open-source programme, which allows it to run the operating system on its devices. Finally, in October, the source code will be open to all devices with 4 GB of memory or more.
Yu Chengdong announced that starting from September 10th, Harmony OS will be open sourced for 128KB-128MB terminal devices such as large screens, watches, and auto machines.
Huawei's sudden move comes as the company has a ban from the USA government. In 5G, we are now far ahead.