Chinese smartphone giant, Huawei has finally unveiled its operating system for smartphones, tablets and smart IoT gadgets at the Huawei Developer’s Conference (HDC) 2019 in China. This operating system is called Harmony.
It was said that the company has been working on a new operating system that would power all Huawei smartphones and this operating system would be called Hongmeng OS, but at the end of the day, the new OS was named Harmony.
HarmonyOS is built with a deterministic latency engine that gives a smooth interactive experience. That means latency is at a minimum; bringing fluid interactive experience to the maximum. According to Huawei, Harmony is the first microkernel-based distributed OS for all scenarios and was created with four major building blocks in mind, ensuring a new generation OS that is best suited for the digital world today. This was what the CEO, Richard Yu has to say about the HarmonyOS;
We’re entering a day and age where people expect a holistic intelligent experience across all devices and scenarios. To support this, we felt it was important to have an operating system with improved cross-platform capabilities. We needed an OS that supports all scenarios, that can be used across a broad range of devices and platforms, and that can meet consumer demand for low latency and strong security.
“HarmonyOS is completely different from Android and iOS. It is a microkernel-based, distributed OS that delivers a smooth experience across all scenarios. It has trustworthy and secure architecture, and it supports seamless collaboration across devices. You can develop your apps once, then flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices.
“We believe HarmonyOS will revitalize the industry and enrich the ecosystem. Our goal is to bring a truly engaging and diverse experience. We want to invite developers from around the world to join us as we build out this new ecosystem. Together, we will deliver an intelligent experience for consumers in all scenarios.”
HarmonyOS is faster than the normal Android OS because of the presence of the deterministic latency engine that gives a smooth interactive experience thereby reducing input and animation lag by allocating system resources.
Huawei said that it is easy for them to switch from Android OS to the HarmonyOS but they want to exercise some patience all because of some existing partners. However, residents of the United States of America can’t be able to use this new HarmonyOS as the US ban on Huawei restricts it from using Android and Microsoft operating systems on its smartphones and PCs.
During this year’s G20 summit, US President Donald Trump said that the US would lift the ban on Huawei and allow them to trade and deal with US tech firms again. There has been no word from the President up till now.
The company also said that they would open-source HarmonyOS soon. Until then, the company will lay the foundations for its new operating system in the Chinese Marketplace and then expand it globally.