Finally! Huawei has made the HarmonyOS official. Huawei, the Chinese Telecom giant has made its new operating system official on Friday at an event held in China. If you are not following this development then, you should know that, after the escalating US-China trade tensions as well as the ban by Google on Huawei for using the services, it was rumored that Huawei will now build there own OS. However, this rumor saw its developments and different sources have reported that the company is actually taking this matter very seriously. The new OS name that made the reports were ArkOS has been finally revealed and the name of the OS is HarmonyOS. It will be known as the HongMengOS in China.
The launch saw the features and the support that the device will bring in to the devices. Moreover, the HarmonyOS is not only made for smartphones but, it supports computers, smartwatches, and many other devices as it is an open-source platform. According to the CEO of Huawei, Richard Yu, he stated that the new OS called the HarmonyOS or HongMengOS “would bring more harmony and convenience to the world”. You can check out the tweet about the new HarmonyOS from the official Twitter handle of Huawei below;
#HarmonyOS is built with a deterministic latency engine that gives a smooth interactive experience. That means latency is at a minimum; bringing fluid interactive experience to the maximum #HDC2019 pic.twitter.com/p9bnwNHJq6
— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) August 9, 2019
Moreover, he stated that the HarmonyOS was a “future-oriented OS” and is going to be “more smooth and secure,”. He also stated that the new OS will be completely different from what Android or iOS provides to the users. Also, Richard Yu said;
If you’re asking when will we apply this to the smartphone, we can do it at any time. However, if we cannot use it (Android) in the future, we can immediately switch to the Harmony OS.
Features of HarmonyOS
- You should also note that the Huawei’s new HarmonyOS will be compatible with Android, HTML5, and Linux based apps, which means that you can run apps built on these platforms on the HarmonyOS as well. However, you will not be able to sideload any Android apps to the smartphone running HarmonyOS as confirmed by the CEO, Richard Yu. He stated that the developers need to make some “small changes” to their apps to make the Android applications compatible with the HarmonyOS.
- Moreover, Huawei has ensured that the new HarmonyOS is compatible to work with RAM sizes ranging from kilobytes to hundreds of Gigabytes also.
- Huawei will also provide access to its ARK compiler to code in multiple languages like C, C++, Java or Kotlin.
- One important thing to note for the developers or users who love to customize their smartphones by rooting, flashing TWRP, etc that, the HarmonyOS will not allow for root access. This step has been taken by the company to avoid any security risk penetrating in the smartphones running HarmonyOS.
- HarmonyOS uses the Linux based scheduling mechanism that allows the new OS to improve the latency response. The Linux Kernel provides “resource scheduling with real-time load analysis and forecasting and app characteristics matching.”
Huawei, through its dialogue at the event, has made it somewhat clear that the company will be looking to implement the HarmonyOS in the Chinese market. Moreover, this is an open-source platform giving the other Chinese smartphone manufacturers like Oppo and Xiaomi to further develop the new HarmonyOS.
HarmonyOS 1.0 or the HongMengOS (in China) 1.0 is slated to arrive in the Huawei’s smart screen products in the Q4 of this year. Moreover, the company also expects to bring version 2.0 in the year 2020 and the version 3,0 in 2021. Also, this year we could see the new HarmonyOS in the Honor Vision TV that goes on sale in China from the 10th of August. The company has a clear pathway through which the HarmonyOS will be optimized and developed for a wide category of products like the smartwatches, wearables, smart speakers, etc.
As the OS is just recently officially revealed, the list of supported devices is not yet confirmed. However, as we have already mentioned that the Harmony OS is built to work across different devices providing connectivity and support to tablets, smartphones, PCs, TVs, wearables and more devices slated to be added to the support list in future.
Keep checking this post as we will be constantly updating this post to provide you more details and information regarding the HarmonyOS.