- HarmonyOS set to be launched later this year
- The operating system will be launched on Huawei smartphones and later be available on multiple smart devices such as wearable technology
Amid the ongoing trade war between China and the US, Huawei could soon lose access to Google’s Android operating system. Instead, Huawei is finalising its own operating system to reduce its reliance on Android in smart devices.
HarmonyOS is set to bring more harmony and convenience to the world, according to the head of Richard Yu, Huawei’s consumer business. The system, which is entirely different from Android and iOS, will be more secure and future-orientated, he said.
HarmonyOS will be open-source, allowing other device-makers to use the operating system. This gives Huawei the potential to increase its operating system’s scale and attract app developers.
The operating system has been developed as a single software that will work on multiple devices, no matter how much memory and power they have – from laptops and cellphones, to smaller hardware such as sensors.
Huawei said it would still prefer to use Android on its devices, but it is ready to migrate to its own system if necessary. HarmonyOS, known in China as HongmengOS, will initially only be available in China later this year. Huawei plans to expand the operating system globally by the middle of 2020.
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