Huawei's potential Android replacement is called HarmonyOS
Aug 10 2019
Richard Yu, the head of Huawei's consumer business, told a press conference in the southern city of Dongguan that the new system, called HarmonyOS or HongMeng in Chinese, would "bring more harmony and convenience to the world". Over the next three years, Huawei says HarmonyOS will be optimized and gradually adopted across a broader range of smart devices, including wearables, and head units for your auto. Yu did say, though, that if the company isn't able to use Google's Android operating system, HarmonyOS is ready to go.
At the event, Huawei made it clear that Harmony OS was not meant to replace Android on smartphones but is meant to work across various devices with a focus on security.
For now, says Huawei, Harmony OS is aimed at IoT and other devices, while the press release and leaks seem aimed at strengthening Huawei and Google's hand in negotiations with flossy-haired American president Donald Trump.
HarmonyOS will be open source to allow outside developers to contribute to its development, Yu said. HarmonyOS, unlike other major operating systems, is created to work on every device thanks to it being micro-kernel based. And, about Huawei specifically, which is seen as a proxy for the Chinese government in some circles: "We're not going to be doing business with Huawei". Launching in mid-September, he claims, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will run Android 10 with the usual Huawei's EMUI 10 facelift.
Yu said that due to these four considerations, Harmony OS will be both faster and safer than Android.
Huawei also shared some plans for the future of HarmonyOS. A lot of these numbers are because there is a "patriotic" fervour around Huawei and a lot of companies had "banned" people from using United States companies' products. It's more like Google's experimental Fuchsia OS than it is like Android. Huawei said an expansion to smartphones could happen sometime over the next three years, but for now, it wants to stick with Android.
Harmony OS is built with a deterministic latency engine, which the company claims will deliver a smoother, interactive experience. Tomorrow, Huawei is set to reveal Honor Vision, which sounds like a new smart display and, according to a tweet from one of Honor's PR reps, will be the first device to run HarmonyOS.