HarmonyOS is not a vulgar copy of Android and iOS, says Huawei. Likewise, the Chinese group claims that its operating system is not just a way to circumvent US sanctions. Completely modular, the OS is not intended only for smartphones, but for all connected devices of the Internet of Things. Explanations.
Deprived of license for Android and Google applications following a decree from Donald Trump, Huawei accelerated the development of its alternative OS, Harmony OS. Announced in September 2019, the operating system has been available in beta for a few weeks on a handful of smartphones.
During a conference organized as part of the Science and Technology Billboard in China, Dr. Wang Chenglu, president of the software engineering section at Huawei, discussed Huawei’s ambitions. First of all, the leader recalls that HarmonyOS was not designed as a simple copy of Android and iOS, the two leading mobile OSs on the market. Likewise, it is not just a simple alternative to American operating systems.
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“The outside world can speculate that Huawei developed the Hongmeng system (Editor’s note: HarmonyOS outside of China) because of the American sanctions, but I want to tell you that this is not the case ” says Dr. Wang Chenglu. The framework ensures that the actual development of the OS started in 2016. According to the latest news, the big bosses of Huawei have also discussed the project in 2012, 7 years before the Trump decree.
HarmonyOS was designed as a fully modular operating system. Unlike Android and iOS, the solution developed by Huawei easily adapts to most connected objects and terminals. Wang Chenglu speaks of a “Panoramic operating system cut out for the Internet of Things”. Thus, developers can easily offer applications that will work on smartphones, connected TVs, watches, PCs or on smart screens. Keen to seduce the developer community, Huawei regularly highlights the modular aspect of its mobile OS. This is obviously the main advantage of HarmonyOS over competing solutions.
Obviously, the modularity of HarmonyOS is not only an advantage for developers. According to Wang Chenglu, this approach makes it possible to offer a smooth and continuous experience on all devices that make up the Internet of Things. Huawei expects HarmonyOS to be installed on 200 million devices worldwide by the end of 2021, including 100 million devices designed by other brands.
Source: Sina Tech