Huawei debuts Android alternative HarmonyOS

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On Friday Huawei revealed most of that to be true: At its Huawei Developer Conference (HDC), it made its new operating system official: HarmonyOS.

Unlike the much-expected name of HongMeng, Huawei adopted Harmony for its in-house operating system to solve all these problems.

Huawei said HarmonyOS will first be used for smart devices like smart watches, smart screens, in-vehicle systems, and smart speakers.

Developers will reportedly be able to utilise Huawei's ARK Complier to build code from multiple programming languages and build apps for Harmony OS. HarmonyOS may also be the future, hopes Yu, who claims that the development of the new Open Source OS could hail the next major development in the evolution of smart device operating systems.

In fact, we may not even see HarmonyOS come to smartphones and computers at all, assuming Huawei is allowed to continue using Android and Windows.

Migrating from Android to HarmonyOS, Yu said, would only take a few days.

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The Harmony OS will have Trusted Execution Environment across devices, to keep data secure regardless of platforms.

Many have accused the United States government of using the Huawei ban as a political weapon in the ongoing Chinese trade war, but the motivation doesn't matter - the effect is the same.

Huawei isn't alone in trying to develop an open source OS capable of running on many different platforms. The battery is 4,000 mAh and in а true Huawei fashion comes with 20W fast charging.

While the company said that it now prefers to power its smartphones with Google's Android, it did not rule out the future use of its own system on smartphones. The truth is more nuanced - it's believed Huawei has been working on HarmonyOS for seven years, though it could be that work accelerated as tensions grew in the big wide world. At its annual developer conference in China, the company lifted the lid on 'Harmony OS.' .

However, there are restrictions on what phone-makers can do with Android if they want access to the Google Play app store, and to Google's suite of popular apps such as Maps and YouTube.

But Yu said Huawei had no plan to "launch a smartphone with HarmonyOS" while noting "our backup plan is always ready". The company confirmed that the OS will be locked, i.e, users won't have root-level access which the company deems is a security hazard on Linux based OSes like Android.