HarmonyOS: what you need to know about Huawei’s new operating system

Initially introduced in August 2019, HarmonyOS is about to hit smartphones and tablets for the primary time as the most important model 2.zero replace rolls out. In accordance with rumors, the gadgets and OS might land on June 2.

HarmonyOS is expounded to, however not precisely the identical as, the Huawei Cellular Providers (HMS), replacements to Google’s apps that the corporate is engaged on in an effort to work go the Huawei ban. These are apps that might go on its smartphones just like the Huawei P40 or Mate 40, and there is definitely a ticking clock factor in Huawei resuscitating its telephone division earlier than folks affiliate it an excessive amount of with the ban from Google apps.

HarmonyOS (beforehand codenamed HongMeng) is a platform designed for a wide range of gadgets. It began off on IoT gadgets reminiscent of sensible shows or sensible residence tools, then moved on to TVs, and is now coming to telephones, tablets, and smartwatches too.

Given the political state of affairs between the US and China (see: Huawei ban) and the influence it’s had on Huawei’s entry to Android during the last yr, it’s little marvel that the model is presenting a defiant, assured stance. 

Minimize to the chase

  • What’s it? Huawei’s new working system for a wide range of gadgets
  • When is it out? Probably June 2 exterior China
  • How a lot will it value? HarmonyOS will not value you something, although its merchandise might

Concord OS worth and launch date

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HarmonyOS might be free to make use of, so long as you have bought a tool operating the OS, however since even the perfect Huawei gadgets are comparatively reasonably priced, that should not be too laborious.

You should purchase HarmonyOS gadgets proper now in China, however the remainder of us are nonetheless ready to check out the software program. It is rumored to be launching on June 2 alongside two tablets and two smartwatches – that is a date we have heard from a number of sources.

After that we must always see it seem on all Huawei merchandise going ahead, together with the long-awaited Huawei P50. It’d even come to gadgets at the moment operating Android that are not made by Huawei.

How does HarmonyOS work?

Huawei claims that with the rise of the IoT system, a extra environment friendly working system is required. With these IoT gadgets packing much less reminiscence and storage than even the perfect smartphones, they want considerably extra streamlined code, and for 100 strains of Android code, you can simply have one line of HarmonyOS code. 

Regardless of this, HarmonyOS remains to be capable of ship highly effective performance throughout gadgets.

By taking a ‘single kernel throughout gadgets strategy’, Huawei additionally goals to create a shared ecosystem of various gadgets, break by silos and in flip save builders time. One app might be deployed throughout a automotive head unit, smartwatch, health tracker and speaker, working completely. 

We’ve seen one thing related concepts earlier than, most notably on Home windows Telephone, which had a shared Kernel with Home windows 10. Whereas that wasn’t a success, Huawei’s might have a silver bullet in its gun – Android compatibility.

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HarmonyOS began life as a TV OS, to create alternatives for seamless casting and fluid throughout gadgets, so a person might be on a video name on their telephone, solid it to a TV within the kitchen, then proceed it in the lounge. After that, they may take a telephone name, shifting from room to room, with the decision following them round leaping from one sensible speaker to a different.

HarmonyOS will even function on watches, audio system and automotive head items down the road, however is not restricted to those system classes. What’s extra, it’s open-source, with Huawei releasing guarantees for loads of developer assist down the road.

HarmonyOS will even be an open-source platform, so builders will be capable to present apps for the platform and different producers of smartphones might even select to make use of the working system.

Is HarmonyOS set to exchange Android on telephones?

As for smartphones getting HarmonyOS, Yu was clear on Huawei’s present stance when HarmonyOS was unveiled: “When can we put it on our smartphones? We will do it any time, however for the Google partnership, and effectivity, the precedence might be for Google Android OS… If we can’t use it sooner or later, we will swap from Android’.

As time goes on, the opportunity of Huawei telephones getting again on Android is turning into smaller and smaller, so it is wanting increasingly more possible that HarmonyOS will debut on telephones and tablets in 2021.


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He clarified that the swap could be “fast and simple”, placing ahead preventing phrases whereas clearly safeguarding his firm’s partnership with Google, in the meanwhile at the very least.

Upon its announcement, Yu kept away from committing to any switches from Android to HarmonyOS simply but, and it appears Huawei’s President of World Media and Communications, Pleasure Tan, agrees, suggesting HarmonyOS is not going to exchange Android on Huawei telephones any time quickly.

Tan mentioned “a viable various to Android’s working system will take years to finish.”, seemingly contradicting statements made upon HarmonyOS’ debut, but it surely simply reveals that there is not any quick plans for HarmonyOS to be out there on Huawei telephones.