Friday, August 9, 2019

Huawei has announced Harmony OS, a new OS to replace Android

Following the US ban implemented on Huawei due to "security reasons" according to President Trump. The Chinese company has been trying so hard to provide workarounds to this ban which prevents them from doing business with US companies -- Google dropped support for android and other services, Facebook, Qualcomm and even Microsoft had to end any business partnership they have with Huawei.


Huawei earlier announced after the ban, that they had been working on a new OS and have just  confirmed it at the HDC (Huawei Developer Conference) and Hongmeng OS (in Asia) and Harmony OS is its name.



Harmony OS is micro-kernel based designed to withstand the test of time. Also built with a deterministic latency engine that gives a smooth interactive experience at low latency and a verified Trust Execution Environment to improve security


For the first time, #HarmonyOS will have a verified TEE (Trusted Execution Environment). Improving connected security across multiple smart devices in a connected all-scenario world #HDC2019 pic.twitter.com/o1TF54Hjkc— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) August 9, 2019

The OS was predicted to be used for smartphones or IoT devices, it appears Huawei plans to bring support for this OS across multiple devices -- car kits, smartphones, smartwatches, and more. They also confirmed that the OS will be open-sourced, meaning the code will be made public and everyone can contribute to make it better and provide SDK to enhance app developments on the operating system.




With the company set to launch its Mate 20 Pro later this year, it's unclear what Huawei will have for its own in-house operating system going forward. Upgrade  on the OS is currently on-going as there are many obstacles to overcome like challenging both Android and Android Open Source Project. Huawei says developers can recompile their apps for the new operating system and deploy it easily across multiple platforms. 



HarmonyOS is “completely different from Android and iOS”, says the the CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group. The company is currently focusing on China before expanding to other markets. The Huawei vs Trump affray might have just gotten interesting.

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