Everything You Need To Know About Huawei New HarmonyOS.

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Huawei has unveiled an alternative to Android- a new operating system. Does this new operating system have enough potential to replace Android from this market? In this post, I am going to discuss everything you need to know about Huawei new HarmonyOS.

What is HarmonyOS?

HarmonyOS is a new operating system that is currently being developed by Huawei. It was disclosed at the company’s developer conference in China a month ago and is being touted as a potential long-term replacement for Android, should Huawei be permanently cut off from updates to Google’s mobile OS. Much of HarmonyOS’s future use, therefore, depends on the outcome of ongoing trade negotiations between the US and China.

What’s the latest news on this OS?

After President Donald Trump gave a national security order (which declared Huawei a threat to communication networks, technology, and services), Google suspended Huawei’s Android license on 19 May, keeping the Chinese company from accessing future updates. Google resuscitated the relationship the following day when the US granted temporary, 90-day relief, but while it allowed Huawei to keep existing networks and issue updates to existing phones, tablets and other devices, there is still every chance that the ban could be issued again. This will also affect the UK because it would mean Google services, including Android, are just beyond the field of play for Huawei.

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Huawei’s been quick off the mark, then?

To some extent, yes. But the fact that HarmonyOS has been unveiled within three months of the initial ban is a good indication that Huawei has had plans for its own operating system for a few years now. In fact, the company said it began development in 2017 and has put more than 4,000 engineers on the job. That’s some investment.

What’s HarmonyOS like?

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, says HarmonyOS is a lightweight microkernel-based operating system, which means it has the near-minimal amount of functions needed to manage system resources and none of the baggage of Android’s Linux kernel. The thought is that HarmonyOS will in the long run work crosswise over various gadgets, for example, smart speakers, watches, TVs and in-vehicle frameworks, while allowing developers to produce a single version of their apps. Huawei played down the availability of HarmonyOS on smartphones, but said that the OS will be ready for such devices if need be. 

Mr. Yu also said that Android has an outdated scheduling mechanism, redundant codes and general fragmentation problems – issues that are addressed by HarmonyOS.

Will HarmonyOS look different from Android?

According to Dr. Wang Chenglu, president of software for Huawei’s consumer devices, HarmonyOS will use the company’s EMUI interface which is already used to skin the company’s Android phones. On the face of it, then, users may not see much of a visual difference should it be rolled out on smartphones at some point in the future.

Is there some doubt that it’ll be used?

All things considered, Huawei insists that it’s not ready to ditch Android just yet. The company says it is only earmarking HarmonyOS for devices other than mobile phones for the time being and intends to use Google’s operating system for as long as it can – Huawei is set to launch the Mate 30 Pro running Android Q later this autumn. Huawei phones that are presently at a bargain will likewise keep on utilizing Android, so the circumstance will possibly change on the off chance that US laws (and thusly Google) stop its handsets accepting security updates or square its entrance to the Google Play store.

Does that mean HarmonyOS not ready?

Huawei says it could make HarmonyOS accessible on its phones within a day or two if need be, but it’s right to be cautious about ditching Android prematurely. Android is very attractive to buyers, who are more likely to want a phone running Google’s operating system than one that is less familiar. For that reason, HarmonyOS is being lined up as a backup plan, and the Mate 30 Pro will only come with it installed if it’s absolutely necessary. That said, version 1.0 has been incorporated in Honor Vision smart TV in China, where the operating system is being called HongmengOS.

Is the risk of losing Android not the same in China?

No. Google’s services are not allowed in China, so the Android version used by Huawei in its home country is stripped of those apps. It’s the international markets where an inability to use Android will be most felt, so the aim is to tread carefully so as not to damage global sales of its smartphones.

Will, there be lots of apps for HarmonyOS?

HarmonyOS is open-source, and the hope is that a supportive development community will quickly get behind it. Even so, it will have a job on its hands since Android and iOS are so popular. A mobile OS needs apps to encourage people to buy into its ecosystem – without a good selection of apps, customers are likely to steer clear. It’s a problem that other OS rivals, such as Windows Phone and Firefox OS, have tried and failed to conquer.

But isn’t Android open-source too?

Yes, and there’s nothing to stop Huawei installing the open-source core of Android on its devices. The problem relates to the vital non-core components that we’ve come to expect from Android. The Google Play store and Google apps such as Maps, Gmail and YouTube must be licensed, and it is these that the US giant is barring Huawei from using. Huawei has asked app developers to publish on its own AppGallery store to get around some of the restrictions.

Will HarmonyOS be secure?

Security has been cited as the prime reason for the US decision against Huawei amid fears the company is linked to the ruling Chinese Communist Party. In that sense, it is right for us to raise questions about this issue, but Mr. Yu says everything is above board: “HarmonyOS is the first OS to use formal verification in device TEE, significantly improving security. In addition, because the HarmonyOS microkernel has much less code, the probability of an attack is greatly reduced”. Certainly, there will be no available root access. We can only wait and see.

What if everything works out well?

If the US allows restrictions against Huawei to be permanently lifted, then the company is likely to continue with HarmonyOS regardless. Not only will this future-proof its mobile business, but it means Huawei can widen its ambition beyond smartphones to explore the Internet of Things.

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