Meet Huawei’s Operating System: HarmonyOS


Chinese tech giant Huawei announced that it is working on a new operating system called HarmonyOS. In China, the software will be known as Hongmeng.

The Honor Vision smart TV is the first device to run on Huawei's first-party HarmonyOS.

According to Yu, Harmony will be open source and that it aims to be safer and more efficient than existing ones in the market. Some industry analysts have already commented that the development of the OS mis linked to USA tech giant Google discontinuing upgrades for Huawei devices running Android due to security concerns in the west.

The news follows the recent loss of Huawei's Google Android license, with Huawei committed to reducing its operational reliance and boost its HarmonyOS platform amid strained US-China tensions.

Through this implementation Huawei aims to establish an integrated and shared ecosystem across devices, create a secure and reliable runtime environment, and deliver a holistic intelligent experience across every interaction with every device.

"HarmonyOS is the first OS to use formal verification in device TEE, significantly improving security". Zhao Ming mentioned that Huawei smart screen would not be anything like the traditional TV that the consumers worldwide are used to. The focus for the operating system will be products for the Chinese market at first, before Huawei expands it to other markets. From 2012, they are running with Google's Android OS.

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He also said it would be hard for Huawei to meet its previous goal of becoming the world's biggest smartphone maker by shipments this year due to the USA curbs imposed in May, but expects to be able to keep the No.2 spot. Whether it can continue to do so is another matter.

As originally reported by Forbes, Huawei CEO Richard Yu insists the company "are still prioritizing Google and its Android system to be used in our phones".

The tech company had been blacklisted by the US President, Donald Trump amidst suspicions that it provided a backdoor for Chinese intelligence services. You can develop your apps once, then flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices, says Huawei. However, yesterday, Bloomberg reported that the White House is delaying its decision about issuing these licenses in the wake of China's decision to halt purchases of USA farming goods.

HarmonyOS now has an official name, but it still has some major hurdles to overcome.

He said he thinks today's operating systems - including Android and Apple's iOS - don't cater for the huge number of different devices that will be connected to the internet. The company's handsets are big sellers in Europe and across the developing world, although political pressure from Washington has kept Huawei phones from becoming popular in the United States.