After Huawei discovered itself on the “entity checklist,” which banned it from shopping for merchandise and elements (together with licensing Google’s Android) from U.S. firms, the Chinese language large teased its personal smartphone working system.
Now, that OS has formally been launched as HarmonyOS — however it’s not precisely centered on smartphones.
Revealed on the Huawei Developer Convention in Dongguan, China, by the corporate CEO Richard Yu, HarmonyOS is a “distributed OS” that lets builders develop their apps as soon as, then “flexibly deploy them throughout a spread of various units.”
That is in distinction to Android and Apple’s iOS, that are separate (although partially appropriate) with the businesses’ different platforms.
Which means HarmonyOS will, in idea, supply the identical expertise on a wide range of units, corresponding to good TVs, tablets and telephones. In observe, although, Huawei first plans to deploy HarmonyOS to a product known as the Honor Sensible Display, can be unveiled this Saturday and launch later this 12 months.
Over the subsequent three years, HarmonyOS ought to arrive to different units, together with wearables and automobiles.
That is extra akin to Samsung’s Tizen, which was additionally as soon as touted as a substitute for Android however is now primarily powering the corporate’s good TVs and wearables.
Apart from its distributed nature, Huawei additionally highlights HarmonyOS “microkernel structure,” which means the OS’ kernel might be extraordinarily small, making HarmonyOS each quick and resilient to assaults. There’s additionally one thing known as “Deterministic Latency Engine,” which ought to make HarmonyOS higher at prioritizing duties and scheduling them prematurely, which, once more, ought to enhance efficiency.
Notably, Google can be engaged on a microkernel-based, multi-platform working system known as Fuchsia.
HarmonyOS might be launched as a worldwide, open-source platform. Nonetheless, Huawei says it plans to “lay the foundations” of HarmonyOS in China, and develop globally later.
Huawei’s place within the U.S. has improved considerably in June, with president Trump permitting the corporate to purchase some U.S. know-how. This might imply that Huawei will be capable to proceed producing Android-based smartphones as earlier than, whereas slowly creating HarmonyOS as a kind of backup.