Huawei officially announces HarmonyOS, its proprietary operating system

On: August 9, 2019

Huawei was recently in deep waters after the US enacted a trade ban on the Chinese technology company. As a result of this, many US-based companies ceased working with Huawei including Google, which meant an effective Android ban for Huawei smartphones. While the things are back normal now for the brand, the trade ban set several things in motion, including Huawei accelerating working on its long-rumoured in-house operating system. Today, the brand has gone ahead and launched HarmonyOS, which is called Hongmeng OS in China.

At its Huawei Developer Conference, the company took the covers off HarmonyOS and revealed details of the same. However, as of now, the company has not shared details of HarmonyOS for smartphones. Instead, Huawei will use the new operating system across various smart devices like smartwatches, smart screens, in-vehicle systems, and smart speakers. The first glimpse of the software will come on the Honor Vision TV, scheduled to launch tomorrow. As of now, for smartphones, Android remains the go-to choice for Huawei and Honor smartphones and tablets.

As for HarmonyOS, it is a microkernel-based software just like Fuschia OS from Google. However, unlike the non-distributed architecture of Fuschia, HarmonyOS has a distributed architecture. In layman’s terms, HarmonyOS makes it possible to have flexible deployment on various devices, making it easier for app developers. Huawei has also announced that HarmonyOS is more secure and offers theoretically better performance than Android and other Linux-based operating systems. This is because of the use of the TEE kernel and distributed virtual bus with a simplified protocol, respectively.

Huawei has announced that HarmonyOS will be released worldwide as an open-source platform with an open-source foundation and an open-source community. This will help in boosting the OS by creating a dynamic ecosystem of apps and developers.

Abhiman Biswas

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