Originally announced in August 2019, HarmonyOS is coming to smartphones and tablets for the first time when major version 2.0 is updated. According to rumors, the equipment and operating system could land on June 2nd.
HarmonyOS is related, but not exactly the same as Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), will replace the Google applications that the company is trying to work with, the Huawei ban will be exceeded. These are apps that would go on its smartphones like Huawei P40 or Coxswain 40, and Huawei certainly has a ticking clock element that revives its phone department before people associate it too much with the ban on Google Apps.
HarmonyOS (formerly codenamed HongMeng) is a platform designed for multiple devices. Then it started with IoT devices like smart monitors or smart home devices switched to televisionsand is now also coming to phones, tablets and smartwatches.
In view of the political situation between the United States and China (see Huawei ban) and the impact it has had on Huawei’s access to Android over the past year, it’s no wonder the brand presents a challenging, confident attitude.
Go for it
- What is it? Huawei’s new operating system for many devices
- When is it outside? Possibly June 2 outside China
- How much does it cost? HarmonyOS doesn’t cost you anything, even if its products may
Price and release date for Harmony
HarmonyOS is free to use as long as you have a device that uses the operating system, but because even the best Huawei equipment are relatively inexpensive, it should not be too difficult.
You can buy HarmonyOS devices right now in China, but the rest of us are still waiting for the software to try. Its rumored to trigger June 2, alongside two tablets and two smartwatches.
How does HarmonyOS work?
Huawei argues that as the IoT device rises, a more efficient operating system is needed. The compression of these IoT devices is less memory and storage space than even the best smartphones, they need much more streamlined code, and with 100 lines of Android code, you can only have one line of HarmonyOS code.
Despite this, HarmonyOS is still able to provide powerful functionality on all devices.
Approaching a ‘single-core device-to-device approach’, Huawei is also working to create a shared ecosystem of different devices, a breakthrough through silos, and in turn to save developers time. One app can be deployed on the car’s main unit, smart watch, fitness monitor and speaker, which works perfectly.
We’ve seen some similar ideas in the past, especially on Windows Phone, which had a shared core Windows 10. While it wasn’t a hit, Huawei’s could have a silver bullet in its gun – Android compatibility.
HarmonyOS began its life as a TV operating system, creating opportunities for seamless streaming and smoothness between devices so a user could be in a video call on their phone, throwing it into a kitchen TV, and then continuing in the living room. They could then make the call as they moved from room to room as the call that followed them jumped from one of the smart speakers to another.
HarmonyOS also appears on watches, speakers, and car headunits, but is not limited to these device categories. In addition, it is open source, and Huawei releases promises of ample developer support.
HarmonyOS is also an open source platform, so developers can provide applications for the platform and other smartphone manufacturers may even decide to use the operating system.
Is HarmonyOS set to replace Android phones?
Of the smartphones that got HarmonyOS, Yu was clear about Huawei’s current position when HarmonyOS was revealed: “When can we put it on our smartphones? We can do it at any time, but for Google partnership and efficiency, the Google Android operating system is a priority … If we can’t use it in the future, we can switch from Android ”.
Over time, the chance of Huawei phones returning to Android devices is getting smaller, making it increasingly likely that HarmonyOS will debut on phones and tablets in 2021.
He clarified that switching would be “quick and easy,” putting out fighting words while clearly securing the company’s partnership with Google, at least for now.
Following his announcement, Yu abstained from committing to switching to Android on HarmonyOS, and it appears that Huawei’s global media and communications director, Joy Tan, agrees and suggests HarmonyOS will not soon replace Android on Huawei phones.
Tan said “a viable alternative to the Android operating system will take years.”, Which seemingly contradicts statements made with the HarmonyOS debut, but it just shows that there is no immediate plan for the availability of HarmonyOS on Huawei phones.