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Huawei’s New Operating System; Challenge For Android

Huawei will be releasing its android replacement operating system before the end of 2021. According to the Vice President Of Huawei’s Consumer Business Software Department, Yang Haisong, since the release of the HarmonyOS 2.0 beta version for mobile devices, and over 1800 developer groups signing up for the HarmonyOS ecosystem. Huawei is expecting 100 million devices to ship with HarmonyOS from over 40 partnered brands. Ever since the U.S put the Chinese firm on the entity blacklist which restricted its access and was not able to run licensed android software on its handsets, the Chinese tech manufacturer has been working with Huawei on developing its new operating system called HarmonyOS.

Started as an alternative for android following the US ban, HarmonyOS 2.0 was presented to the public a year and a half ago, with Honor Vision Smart TV. Recently, the beta version was made available for the developers in December 2020 and has started trials on compatible applications with selected developers and partners that mean the Chinese manufacturers will be unable to get the license from Google Mobile Service and Google Play Store on any device throughout.

HarmonyOS is all set to optimize multiple platforms, this includes integration from Smart phones to even smart home appliance and products and other IoT devices (Internet Of Things). It comes with over 15000 APIs (application programming interface) which will support Smart phones, wearable, larger displays, and even cars. Even though the documentation is currently in Chinese, the operating system is made similar to android; the applications are coded in Java and the layouts are defined in XML files in order to minimize the difficulty for people migrating to a new Operating System. The user interface needs to adjust to many different screens and can convert android applications to run on the platform.

As told by Huawei the Android Open Source Project is just a stepping stone to HarmonyOS. Though the software is unstable and intended for developers only, the users of Huawei P40, P40 Pro, Huawei Mate series and MatePad Series will be able to install the beta for testing purpose. There is a huge chance of success of Huawei’s HarmonyOS, in China’s domestic market, considering the recent situation, however in the international market; like America or Europe, it could have serious competition.

Huawei also plans on working with an increasing number of partnering firms like Volvo cars to jointly develop an in-car application that will cover features like parking, refueling, and entertainment through Harmony Operating System. Gizmochina reported earlier that HarmonyOS based smart camera pro with built-in storage, AI smart detection, and ultra high definition picture quality is also underway. The Company also disclosed that the first officially equipped with Harmony OS phones would launch next year.


H/T: HC.

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