Huawei today unveiled its homegrown HarmonyOS at its annual Huawei Developer Conference (HDC 2019). This seems to be the final international branding for the Hongmeng OS we have heard so much about in the past few weeks. Within the company's home nation, the OS will be called Hongmeng.
The Chinese giant is pegging the OS as the "first microkernel-based distributed OS for all scenarios," meaning it can run on anything from wearables and wireless earbuds to laptops and tablets to self-driving cars. Simply put, it's Huawei's attempt at creating the one OS to rule them all. As a result, the company has optimised it for supporting devices with memory ranging from just a few kilobytes - like in IoT devices - to several gigabytes, the amount you'd traditionally find on a laptop or a smartphone.
A modularized #HarmonyOS can be nested to adapt flexibly to any device to create a seamless cross-device experience. Developed via the distributed capability kit, it builds the foundation of a shared developer ecosystem #HDC2019 pic.twitter.com/2TD9cgtdG8— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) August 9, 2019
The platform will also be open-source, in order to encourage faster adoption. However, for the time being, the OS will be restricted to China, with plans for an international release at a later date. While the company also touted the OS' cross-device bona fides, it'll be focusing on "smart screen products" for the time being, with Honor releasing a smart TV running on the OS in China. Over the next few years, the company will work on expanding its portfolio to cover wearables and more.
Now, for the big question: can it replace Android? Huawei says, yes, it can, "at any time". But the company's consumer group's CEO, Richard Yu, noted that for now, it plans to stick with Android, a clear nod to Google that unless the company can figure out how to keep providing Huawei with its operating system, the Chinese giant is more than prepared to leave it behind.
Via: The Verge