HarmonyOS was officially unveiled at the Huawei Developer Conference in China. Top managers of the company said that the operating system is "completely different from Android and iOS." It will be distributed on the basis of an open license - everyone can use it, from third-party enthusiast developers to electronics manufacturers.
It is worth noting that the Android core is also open source, but Google puts some restrictions on manufacturers who want to access the Google Play application store and a package of popular applications (Maps, YouTube, etc.). Huawei does not have such reservations, at least today.
It is known that HarmonyOS will use a distributed architecture. The operating system is based on a microkernel, which is responsible only for basic capabilities. All other functions are implemented through additional modules. This solution allows you to easily install the system on any device without losing performance and speed.
Where will HarmonyOS work?
Company claims that the modular system will allow the OS to run on almost any modern device. According to Huawei's plans, the new operating system will be tested on branded smart TVs. The first such TV called Vision has already been shown to the public - it will be on sale in mid-August.
In 2020, manufacturers plan to install operating systems in laptops, smartwatches and fitness trackers. In another year, Huawei intends to use HarmonyOS in smart speakers and car media systems.
What about smartphones?
During the presentation, Richard Yu said that he does not want to use the new operating system on Huawei smartphones and tablets, because the company hopes to maintain a partnership with Google. But if the sanctions get in the way and the situation escalates even more, then HarmonyOS will replace the "green robot" in a short time. The top manager called this potential development "Plan B".
“If you are asking when we will start using HarmonyOS on smartphones, we can do it at any time,” said Richard Yu. He added that it will take “a couple of days” to resolve this issue.
Apparently, the upcoming Huawei Mate 30 Pro, which is due out in September, may become the first mobile device with HarmonyOS on board. Richard Yu is not sure if the flagship will run on Android. Nevertheless, he hopes for a favorable outcome, writes Forbes.