Huawei’s HarmonyOS is an Open Source OS for Every Device

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At the Huawei Developer Conference, CEO Richard Yu unveiled HarmonyOS, “the first microkernel-based distributed OS for all scenarios.”

Codenamed and rumoured as HongmengOS for so long, the OS is created not only for smartphones, but also for smart speakers, computers, smartwatches, wireless earbuds, cars, and tablets.

The platform will eventually support a range of apps, specifically noting that HTML5, Linux, and, crucially, Android apps will be compatible. CEO Lu also added that the ARK Compiler used in HarmonyOS app development will also support Kotlin, Java, Javascript, C, and C++.

“HarmonyOS 1.0 will be first adopted in its smart screen products, which are due to launch later this year. Over the next three years, HarmonyOS will be optimised and gradually adopted across a broader range of smart devices, including wearables, Huawei Vision, and head units for your car.”

Potential Android Replacement?

Huawei CEO says that HarmonyOS can be used as a replacement for Android at any time. “If we cannot use Android in the future, then we can immediately switch to HarmonyOS,” Yu explained to attendees, adding that migrating from Android to the new platform “is not that difficult.”

HarmonyOS is perhaps the best way Huawei can retaliate from the US Trade Ban. It’ll be interesting to see how Huawei will implicate this new operating system on its existing devices.

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