Huawei launches own operating system, Harmony OS


Story by Ibiyemi Mathew

Chinese telecom giant Huawei has recently unveiled its own operating system at a press conference in the southern city of Dongguan. The newly unvieled  operating system is to be known as HarmonyOS in English language and HongMeng in Chinese.

The head of Huawei’s consumer business,Richard Yu said the first version would launch later this year in its smart screen products, before expanding across a range of smart devices including wearable technology over the next three years.

“If you’re asking when will we apply this to the smartphone, we can do it at any time,” said Yu, adding that they gave priority to using Google’s Android operating system.

“However, if we cannot use it (Android) in the future, we can immediately switch to the Harmony OS,” he said.

Yu said, HarmonyOS was “future oriented” and designed to be “more smooth and secure”, which he said was “completely different” from Android and Apple operating systems.

With the introduction of this new software, Huawei faces the threat of losing access to Android systems amid escalating US-China trade tensions. Apart from Google’s Android, the only other popular operating system is Apple’s iOS, available exclusively on the iPhone.

Without access to the full version of Android or the popular services of Google, Huawei may have trouble convincing consumers outside China to buy its phones as stakeholders suggest there would be major hurdles to overcome with Huawei expecting developers to recompile their apps for the new operating system.


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