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HarmonyOS, Huawei’s Answer To Google’s Android

HarmonyOS, Huawei's Answer To Google's Android

Huawei Technologies Co. has taken its wraps off “HarmonyOS” Friday, providing an initial look of the in-house software that may replace Google’s Android someday and decrease its dependence on US technology.

Initially, smartphones will be skipped and everything from vehicles and watches to private computers will be integrated into the open-source software by 2020, said Richard, Chief Consumer Officer during the launch case. Earbuds and goggles of virtual reality will follow. Huawei plans to run the OS on his forthcoming Mate 30 flagship, he informed journalists.

“We will prioritize Android on smartphones because we promote the Google Android ecosystem. If we could not use Android, we could install HarmonyOS rapidly, “Yu said at the Dongguan Huawei Developers Conference.” We had a big opportunity to become the world’s largest shipping supplier— if not for a trade war.

HarmonyOS, formerly called “Hongmeng” or “Ark,” is a key component of Huawei’s attempt to create solutions to sanctions on American technology. Reports say that the White House postpones a licensing decision for U.S. businesses to resume sales to Huawei, underlining the unpredictability of supply.

China’s biggest technology business has been the focus of delicate trade talks between Beijing and Washington, with Washington accusing its geopolitical rival of stealing technology and posing a threat to US domestic safety. Regardless of how the conversations are going, Trump’s administrative curbs have smothered Huawei’s objective to overtake Samsung Electronics Co. to be the biggest smartphone manufacturer worldwide.

Although the operating system of Huawei can be of good use on its national market, plans to overthrow the Android of Google worldwide will be misplaced, said Neil Shah, Research Director at Counterpoint Research.

“Huaweí can pull this off on the national market with profound pockets and scale in China, but to achieve Google’s inclusion of Android-level services and app quality abroad is less insignificant and a huge task,” it said.

It seems Huawei can do it confidently. “Our HarmonyOS is more potent and safe than Android, it has more distributed capacity and is future-oriented,” Yu said.

To work with HarmonyOS, Huawei needs developers to construct applications for its ecosystem–a significant issue for its new software. “It took a decade for Android to reach us here with profound Google Mobile Services integration, now with a well-kept and comparatively safe App Store featuring millions of applications, sophisticated AI capabilities,” added Shah.

Last year, Huawei spent at least 500 million yuan (70 million dollars) on developing its home-generated OS to encourage developers, and this year the Company can spend more, Yu said. “Our profit-sharing system is the greatest attraction. Only 10% of the app revenues can be kept and the remainder left to developers,” he said.

The effectiveness of HarmonyOS has yet to be demonstrated by Huawei. You have gone into technical background information but did not describe consumer-facing characteristics and suggested that it might not be prepared for prime time.

In order to assist with app migration, HarmonyOS will now be integrated into the Linux and Huawei’s own LiteOS kernels, Yu said.

Huawei is beginning to feel the pinch two months into a Trump administrative ban that cuts Huawei off from American providers. In the second half of 2019, it warns of a tougher performance and has been preparing for a fall in foreign smartphone shipments of 60 million units worldwide. Friday, Yu said that in May, sanctions had already lowered smartphone shipments by over 10 million units in the second quarter.

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Drew Simms

Drew has been a retail jockey, founded a professional photography business and a news blog covering the Apple ecosystem. He has served as News Editor and Managing Editor at The Next Web and is now Editor-In-Chief at Drew Reports News.

He has made a name for himself in the tech media world as a writer and editor, relentlessly covering Apple and Twitter, in addition to a broad range of startups in the fields of robotics, computer vision, AI, fashion, VR, AR and more. Owns shares in ETFs. Contact Drew at drew@drewreportsnews.com

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