Huawei has officially announced HarmonyOS, a new operating system that it has developed in order to limit its reliance on Google’s Android OS. Huawei executives said that Harmony is a microkernel-based distributed OS that the operating system will be released as an open-source platform worldwide to encourage adoption.
The Harmony OS will be used to create a shared ecosystem across devices, including smartphones, smart speakers, wearables and in-vehicle systems.
Following the U.S. governments decision in May to place Huawei on a technology blacklist and forced Google suspended the company’s Android license there’s has been intense speculation about when Huawei’s would release its own in-house operating system.
|Harmony OS information released at its developers conference last week
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, sad that, “the HarmonyOS is a completely different from Android and iOS because of its ability to scale across different kinds of devices. You can develop your apps once, then flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices.”
The HarmonyOS will caused developers to recompile their apps for this new operating system, but with the ability to code once and then deploy their apps across multiple devices with different screen layouts, interactions, and more, ultimately making the OS easier for developers to use. Huawei says developers can compile a range of languages into machine code in a single environment, but it’s unclear exactly how easy that will be for developers.
|George Zhao, President of Huawei’s Honor brand, at the Honor Vision China Launch in Dongguan, China, in August 2019|
Huawei plans to launch HarmonyOS on a variety of “smart screen products” later this year and unveiled the first product in its new ecosystem, the Honor Vision TV, an internet-connected TV. Released under the Honor brand that Huawei owns, the 55-inch Honor Vision series starts at $540 USD and will be available across China by the fourth quarter of this year.