Huawei Unveils HarmonyOS To Compete with Android And iOS

By Carlos Onyango / August 9, 2019



HarmonyOS

Huawei is at it again and this time, it has not launched a new android phone, but the company has come up with a new operating system branded as HarmonyOS that will compete with the renown android operating system and iOS.

The Chinese telecommunication giant is not taking things to chances as it has introduced what it terms as a  ‘modularized HarmonyOS can be nested to adapt flexibly to any device to create a seamless cross-device experience. Developed via the distributed capability kit, it builds the foundation of a shared developer ecosystem’.

Huawei was using Google-powered Android OS and its license was suspended in May 2019. This was after the US government had placed the company under Entity List and other suggestions relating the company’s restriction in the US to the US-China trade war.

Android has been the world’s most widely used smartphone as of 2010 with a worldwide smartphone market share of 72 percent.

Ever since google suspended the company’s android license, speculations have been going around that the company is working towards having its own operating system and these speculations have been proven right.

Huawei says that HarmonyOS can be used on several electronic devices including wearables, in-vehicle systems, and speakers to create a shared ecosystem across devices.

The initial focus will be on its parent country China before it starts operating in other parts of the world, where it will be released as an open-source platform to encourage adoption.

According to a press release by the Chief Executive officer of Huawei’s consumer business group Richard Yu, HarmonyOS will be different as compared to Android OS and iPhone OS.

“You can develop your apps once, then flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices,” the CEO said.

Hongmeng, the native name of the operating system, is just a name that has been unveiled but what does the system have in-store in order to imprint a mark into the market?

Huawei still has a challenge on which mobile devices will use the new operating system and when it will start officially. It really has to have a grip in order to compete with android and iOS.





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