Huawei has finally launched its own operating system and as the rumors suggested, the OS has been officially named HongmengOS or HarmonyOS in English.
How is HarmonyOS different from Android or iOS?
Huawei’s new operating system is open-source and comes with a TEE (Trusted Execution Environment) for improved security across all devices. The fact that it’s open-source should help it scale and attract more developers while the TEE verification helps keeping data secure across devices.
CEO of Huawei’s consumer division, Richard Yu, speaking at the Huawei Developer Conference in Dongguan stated that the OS can be used across devices, ranging from smartphone to smart home devices. Unlike Android and iOS though, HarmonyOS is a microkernel-based (uses as little resources as possible), distributed operating system that Huawei claims to have impressive cross-platform capabilities.
Is Huawei moving away from Android?
At the keynote, Yu claimed that HarmonyOS can, in theory, replace Android but did clearly state that for now, Huawei will stick to Google’s software on its smartphones. That’s because of the sake of users and Google’s extensive app portfolio.
However, if push comes to shove and Huawei had to migrate to HarmonyOS, that would not be difficult. He said moving to the new OS would only take one or two days and it is “very convenient.”
“If we cannot use it (Android) in the future, we can immediately switch to HarmonyOS,” Yu said.
When will we begin seeing it?
Well, not right away. HarmonyOS will first make its way to “smart screen products,” such as TVs, later this year. Huawei say that HarmonyOS will be pushed out to devices such as wearables and car head units over the span of the next three years.
The Chinese tech giant said that the OS will first launch in China and then expand globally over time.