HarmonyOS, the Made in Huawei operating system, is now official, but not ready. The economic stakes are too high and the Chinese company therefore does not plan to install its OS on its smartphones, at least for now.
The CEO of the Chinese firm presented his OS a few days ago, but did not specify on which devices it would be used. According to new statements from Huawei’s vice president, HarmonyOS on smartphones, it will not be right away.
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No smartphone planned
Since the announcement of the ban imposed by the American government, Huawei is preparing for all eventualities. The company took advantage of the stays granted by the United States to work on its own OS in the event of a break with Google. Only a few days ago the company formalized HarmonyOS, its home operating system dedicated to replace Android on its smartphones.
However, the company does not intend to launch a smartphone with said operating system. Instead, Huawei chose to stick to Android for now, to keep all existing and future devices in the same ecosystem until the commercial dispute is resolved. Vincent Yang, vice president of Huawei, said yesterday at a conference in New York: “We want to maintain a standard, an ecosystem”.
Harmony, the rescue OS
HarmonyOS operating system from Huawei therefore currently serves as “Plan B”. It would only be launched if the United States would decide to permanently ban the company from doing business with American companies.
In such a situation, Harmony Huawei phones would lose access to all popular Google apps such as Maps and Play Store. In addition, the Harmony system is still brand new, it just doesn’t support apps at the moment.
Flagship phones such as the highly anticipated Huawei Mate 30 Pro, which has many powerful features, would then become without interest. Harmony could therefore take its first steps on other types of devices, such as connected TVs, watches or speakers.