At HDC 2019, Huawei has finally announced its own operating system. The Chinese telecom giant is calling its operating system as HarmonyOS. The HarmonyOS is being introduced as a distributed operating system for cohesive user experience. Huawei aims to use it as a single operating system that works across its smartphones, laptops, wearables and even IoT devices.
The official launch was held at the annual Huawei Developers Conference in Dongguan, China. According to CEO Richard Yu who led the keynote, the new operating system has been in development since 2017 and the first product running it will be unveiled tomorrow by sub-brand Honor
Mr. Yu added that the new system was a “future-oriented OS” to be “more smooth and secure,” which he said was “completely different from Android and iOS.”
Huawei said the first version of the operating system would launch later this year in its smart screen products, before expanding across a range of devices including wearable technology over the next three years.
At the event, Huawei made it clear that Harmony OS was not meant to replace Android on smartphones but is meant to work across various devices with a focus on security.
Huawei is considered the world leader in superfast fifth-generation or 5G equipment and the world’s number two smartphone producer. Huawei has reportedly been working on its own operating system since 2012, but the group has always said publicly it didn’t want to replace its Android phones with a home operating system.
At the moment, Huawei does not really have a need for Harmony OS as it is allowed to use the more popular Android OS by Google after the US administration eased restrictions on the Chinese telecom giant. Still, Harmony OS is Huawei preparing for the inevitable in case things happen to go south with the US.
The highly-anticipated software is considered crucial for the tech group’s survival, since developing an operating system and the entire ecosystem that accompanies it is a complex affair. Apart from Google‘s Android, the only other popular operating system is Apple‘s iOS, available exclusively on the iPhone. However, Microsoft struggled with its OS, Windows Phone and then finally had to abandon the platform earlier this year, and Samsung’s Tizen system is barely known compared with Android and iOS. Thus, how will Huawei’s latest product performs is something will have to wait and watch.