Ever for the reason that Trump administration’s export ban on Huawei threatened the corporate’s Android telephones, Huawei has been making claims that it did not really want Android and will begin its personal working system if it wanted to. Right this moment, Huawei’s saber-rattling reached a brand new quantity with the announcement of “HarmonyOS,” Huawei’s very personal, home-grown working system. On the “Huawei Developer Convention 2019,” Huawei gave a Chinese language-language presentation on HarmonyOS, which solely included solely a imprecise overview of the OS and no screenshots or demos.
HarmonyOS is not fairly focusing on smartphones but, and the OS will first debut on the “Honor Sensible Display” (which feels like an Echo Present or Google Dwelling Hub) and Huawei TVs. Huawei stated an growth to smartphones may occur someday over the following three years, however for now, it needs to stay with Android.
As for what HarmonyOS really is, the corporate described it as “a microkernel-based OS, distributed OS for all situations.” Huawei says the OS will run throughout a spread of type components, and the corporate even pulled out the previous “write as soon as, run all over the place” declare for app builders. Huawei spent a while trash speaking the competitors, saying Android’s Linux kernel used a useful resource scheduling mannequin “focusing on server load” and lacked UI smoothness in consequence. In distinction, Huawei promised Concord would have a quicker and extra responsive UI. HarmonyOS can be open supply, so hopefully we’ll see some third-party code opinions as soon as the repo is posted.
XDA Builders attended the launch occasion, and the group was informed by Huawei’s CEO that the OS isn’t suitable with Android apps, however that it’s “very straightforward” to show an Android app right into a HarmonyOS app. Builders might want to use a yet-to-be-released Huawei-made IDE that helps C/C++, Java, and Kotlin.
HarmonyOS reminds us a number of Samsung’s Tizen OS, and it principally appears to be developed for a similar causes and headed down the identical path. An entrenched hardware firm is nervous about its over-reliance on Android. In response, simply to have one thing, it develops its personal working system, which is generally used as a bargaining chip.
Samsung’s Tizen has been seen as the corporate’s “Plan B” in case Google’s Android phrases get too stifling, and the OS even confirmed up on one or two telephones. Tizen could not sustain with Android although, and even when it may, what issues out there are the apps, not the working system. Whether or not it is Concord OS, Tizen, Home windows Cellphone, Blackberry 10, Sailfish OS, Ubuntu Contact, Plasma Cell, or Firefox OS, a 3rd working system from anybody could have an enormous drawback out there, as a result of it will not have any apps.