Huawei launches own operating system to rival Android

A man holds a Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphone at the International Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing China

A man holds a Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphone at the International Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing China

In China, where the operating system will first launch, it'll be known as HongmengOS. There's no set timeline as for when HarmonyOS will be rolled out to global markets and when a Huawei smartphone will come with its brand new OS.

The Chinese tech giant has previously stated that the new system would be released this year after Google confirmed it would stop supporting Android updates for Huawei due to USA restrictions. CNBC reports that HarmonyOS will be used first in "smart screen products" like televisions, with Huawei planning to expand it to other devices over the next three years.

Migrating from Android to HarmonyOS, Yu said, would only take a few days. Launching in mid-September, he claims, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will run Android 10 with the usual Huawei's EMUI 10 facelift.

Huawei says HarmonyOS, dubbed Hongmeng in Chinese, can run seamlessly across different devices ranging from handheld gadgets like smartphones, PCs and wearables to smart home products like smart speakers and headsets.

It's still unsure when and if Apple will fully remove the use of Android on Huawei's devices, but if it does happen, at least we now know they'll be ready for it. This meant that Huawei could not use services from any American companies, including Google, and this meant that the Huawei phones would not be able to depend on the Android OS for powering their phones.

Huawei's first HarmonyOS-based smartphone will debut tomorrow.

The Chinese tech giant officially unveiled the new platform on Friday.

Ever since the Trump administration's export ban on Huawei threatened the company's Android phones, Huawei has been making claims that it didn't really need Android and could start its own operating system if it needed to.

It's the Chinese smartphone manufacturers response to Google's Android, which Huawei can no longer employ on new smartphones.

With this OS, app developers will not have to deal with the underlying technology for distributed apps, says the company, so they'll be free to focus on individual service logic. While Huawei has said that it would like to continue with Android but this move dramatically reduces its dependence on Google.

Huawei, which is the world's second largest smartphone maker, was placed on a USA blacklist in May due to claims it posed a security risk and allegations of sanctions violations, something the company has denied. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, spoke on the Harmony OS.

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