It is finally official, Huawei now has its own operating system. The HarmonyOS has been launched today in the on-going Huawei’s annual developer conference.
We know for a while now, Huawei has been going through legal issues with the United States Government, which lead to Google briefly banning the smartphone maker from using its Android operating system.
Speaking to the attendees of the conference, Huawei CEO Richard Yu said the new platform can easily replace Android OS on its smartphones. However, they plan on sticking with Google’s platform for now.
The new HarmonyOS is apparently the final product of the much talked about Hongmeng OS. It supports smartphones, computers, smartwatches, wireless earbuds, smart speakers, cars and tablets. Richard Yu also notes that Android, Linux and HTML5 apps will be compatible with the platform.
Essentially, the OS is capable of supporting a wide range of applications. The HarmonyOS being open source is actually a good thing, and it means developers can redistribute and modify it freely. In case, you don’t know, Android OS is also an open-source platform. However, Richard Yu has come out to say its platform is quite different from Android and iOS.
The Honor Vision TV set scheduled to be out on August 9 in China is said to be the first device to use the HarmonyOS. The TV set will run on HarmonyOS 1.0 as the company works on optimizing the platform to a wide range of devices. So for live practice about how this platform works, be sure to check out the device tomorrow when it launches.