Finally, the Chinese tech giant has outdoored its rumoured operating system —the Harmony OS or popularly known as the HengMeng OS in China.
There had been news in the past months that Huawei had been developing a new operating system. The rumour was that this new operating system was going to rival the widely acclaimed Android OS in smartphones and tablets.
Well, the HarmonyOS, according to Huawei, is first going to be used in devices such as smart speakers and watches. Thus, it isn’t really going to replace the Android operating system in Huawei mobile phones, at least for now.
One of the company’s top executives, Richard Yu, announced the project at the Huawei Developer Conference in Dongguan, China. The executive said, “HarmonyOS is completely different from Android and iOS.”
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Richard Yu made a clarification that the Harmony OS is going to let developers create one version of their apps and then “flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices”.
Though the OS may not be used in smartphones right now, the graphics from the presentation during the announcement included depictions of smartphones as well as cars, televisions, and watches.
This essentially means though the OS may not find its way into mobile phones now the company definitely has plans to use the OS in its phones in the future.
According to Huawei, the initial focus of the development of the HarmonyOS will be on its home country, China. It will then be made available across the globe in the future.
The company also said the OS will be open source just like Android so that anybody at all can use it for compatible devices.
This is an inevitable move by the Chinese company as it seeks to take over the tech world through its innovating and cutting-edge tech advancements. It is safeguarding itself from future troubles with the US which may result in the company getting blacklisted again, which would affect it hugely.
A few months ago, the US government banned Huawei, and top tech companies in the US, including Google, were forced to stop doing business with the company.
It is generally a good move but as everyone else believes, it will be a mission impossible to overtake the Android operating system — at least, not when big smartphone companies like Samsung, OnePlus, and Google itself are using the same OS in their smartphones.
We will all be happy to see another OS from a strong tech company like Huawei — people are really tired of Android and iOS — but, replacing any of them on the market will take many years.