WTF is Huawei’s HarmonyOS

Newly launched HarmonyOS will cut off dependence on Google’s Android ahead

Huawei Technologies has finally made its own smartphone operating system official. 

HarmonyOS, launched today, will completely cut off the entire dependence of Huawei products which works on Google Android operating system in the future. HarmonyOS was announced work in progress a few months ago.


Everything is in harmony

Harmony OS is designed to work on a large number of Huawei-manufactured devices, which ranges from smartphones to wearables and smart home equipment. The new OS is pronounced as a new Distributed Operating System which means it is a microkernel-based OS designed to deliver better user experience across all its devices. Basically it means the OS will be built from the ground up. 

"We're entering a day and age where people expect a holistic intelligent experience across all devices and scenarios. To support this, we felt it was important to have an operating system with improved cross-platform capabilities. We needed an OS that supports all scenarios, that can be used across a broad range of devices and platforms, and that can meet consumer demand for low latency and strong security," explains Richard Yu, CEO for Huawei’s Consumer Business Group.

HarmonyOS is also claimed to reduce response latency of apps by 25.7%, will be up to 5x more efficient than existing OSes, in-device TEE (Trusted Execution Environment) for enhanced security, multi-device IDE so apps can adapt to different screen layout controls and interactions, support drag-n-drop, and a lot more for compatibility with 5G, AI and IoT.

Huawei said that HarmonyOS will be completely different from Android or iOS. It will be highly secure, lightweight and compact. The new OS will first be deployed on smartwatches, smart screens, smart speakers and in-vehicle systems, and later see a widespread installation on smartphones.

Will everything be in Harmony? As for now, we haven’t heard from Huawei as to when will the first smartphone launch with HarmonyOS, and if existing Huawei smartphones would get the new OS, blanking out the existing Android OS, and if Android-based APK apps would be compatible with HarmonyOS.  Will this be a successful third player in the OS space or will it suffer the same fate as Samsung’s Tizen OS? Exciting days ahead.