Huawei Unveils Own Operating System HarmonyOS As Backup For Android

Posted: Aug 9 2019, 11:42am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Huawei unveils own operating system HarmonyOS as backup for Android
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Huawei still prefers to use Android, but if the company had to migrate to its own OS, it would not be difficult and would only take “one or two days.”

Huawei Technologies has launched its own operating system, the HarmonyOS.

The announcement was made during Huwaei's Huawei Developer Conference 2019. HarmonyOS, or Hongmeng in Chinese, can be used across different devices, from smartphones to smart speakers and sensors, according to CNBC. It is part of Huawei’s play in the so-called internet of things, which refers to devices connected to the internet.

The announcement confirms an earlier report by I4U News, which cited Chinese state-run media outlet the Global Times.

According to the company, a modularized HarmonyOS can be nested to adapt flexibly to any device to create a seamless cross-device experience. HarmonyOS will first come to smart screen devices later this year, and will be migrated to other devices such as wearables and car head units in the coming years.

HarmonyOS will be open-source, which means that other device manufacturers can use the operating system.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, said HarmonyOS will be available in China initially, with plans to expand it globally.

Yu reiterated that Huawei still prefers to use Android on its smartphones, but if the company had to migrate to HarmonyOS, it would not be difficult and would only take "one or two days."

“If we cannot use Android in the future, we can immediately switch to HarmonyOS,” Yu said.

In May, the U.S. government placed Huawei in its Entity List, which restricts American companies from selling their products to the Chinese tech giant. As a result, Google suspended its business activity with Huawei. But days after issuing the directive, the U.S. government eased some of those restrictions, allowing Google to work with Huawei for 90 days. That timeline is almost up.

While it is still “unclear” whether Huawei can use Android, Yu assured that existing products that have been sold with Google’s operating system would not be affected by any ban.

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