Chinese company Huawei Technologies has introduced its own operating system called Harmony, intended for smartphones and other devices. Huawei is targeting its development, as U.S. trade restrictions this May may prevent a company from accessing U.S. technologies, including the Android operating system its devices are currently using.
Huawei intends to continue using Android on its smartphones, and the new software will gradually roll out on devices such as smartphones and virtual reality devices.
The new operating system is part of the efforts of Chinese companies to develop their own technologies, from chips to software, to reduce dependence on US companies because of the US-China trade war.
Huawei has so far provided little information about its software. This has created speculation about how quickly and efficiently he could possibly find an alternative to Android.
"The Harmony operating system is completely different from Android and iOS," said Huawei's chief consumer officer, Richard Yu. It was related to operating systems developed by Google and Apple.
The first device with the new Harmony operating system, Chung-meng in Chinese, will be unveiled on Saturday. It will be Honor TV. On other devices, it intends to introduce the operating system gradually by 2022. If necessary, Huawei is able to use the operating system immediately.
Huawei started working on the new operating system two years ago. The new system is called open source. It aims to be safer and more efficient than those currently on the market.
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Open source software means that other device manufacturers will theoretically be able to use it, and developers from outside can create applications for it, not just those that work for Huawei. It is important for the success of the operating system that it has many useful applications. Yu said that "many" manufacturers are very interested in using the Harmony operating system, but did not mention their names.
According to Reuters, which is related to sources familiar with software, Harmony has not been developed as an Android competitor. It's more like another Google operating system – Fuchsia. It is an open operating system developed for various devices, from smartphones to the Internet of Things, called devices and devices that connect to the Internet.
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Yu mentioned Fuchsia several times during his performance. He said the goal is to create a single program that will work on all devices, from smartphones and laptops that have great memory and power, to smaller devices, such as sensors that need lower bandwidth solutions. Applications developed for the Harmony operating system will then be able to be used on a variety of devices, CNBC noted.
However, Yu noted that Huawei is finding it difficult to meet its current goal, due to the Washington border of May, becoming the largest handset manufacturer by the end of this year in terms of the number of devices shipped. Without these limitations, the company would be able to deliver 300 million smartphones to the market. In the first half of the year, however, it delivered only 118 million smartphones to the market.