Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, has announced their new development coming up for 2021, their first Smartphone that won’t be working with an Android OS but with its own upcoming Operating system.
Looking back to 2019, recapping the decisions taken down Donald Trump’s administration, we remember what happened with regard to Chinese’s commerce, products and technology relationship with the American government and enterprises.
Owing to Donald Trump’s decisions and warnings to every American enterprise not to negotiate with Chinese ones unless they accessed completely according to their own parameters. It brought the occasion to these Chinese industries to evolve into something bigger of their own.
Huawei announced a new Operating System named Harmony, back in August of 2019, promising to be the beginning of the company’s next phase on tech dominance. The announcement was seen as a concealed and subtle response to these political events, letting people know that they were not going to lose an opportunity to grow and expand themselves.
Due to the bans at the beginning of this process, Huawei begun to have difficulties on every step they had linked with anything from the U.S., mostly with google, issues and setbacks with the processors providers to the inability to use any Google service or Apps.
As wise people say, every cloud has a silver lining so, they took the chance to create something sustainable in long-terms to prevent any kind of similar situation and protect their users and themselves as well.
With its Chinese codename ‘’HongMeng’’, which is related to Chinese mythology; this Operating System is a platform that is designed for various devices, it is portrayed to work on more than just Smartphones but also smart displays and smart home equipment. It is kind of the brand’s presenting a defiant to face the situation, as a confident stance for their users.
HarmonyOS is expected to be a replacement for Android, but that is not actually the company’s vision. It goes further than that; they are figuring out the way to create an alternative, it is always good to have options.
It has been portrayed for IoT apps and televisions and it is confirmed HarmonyOS 2.0 beta for smartwatches and Tvs, plus a beta for smartphones, which would be presented throughout the last month of this year, 2020.
The OS is defined as a cross-device platform, microkernel-based, planned to run across all types of devices as a distributed operating system. Richard Yu, before mentioned as Huawei’s CEO on Consumer Business Group, said that needed an OS that could support every possible scenario, which could meet consumer demands for low latency and strong security.
It promises to deliver a smooth experience across all scenarios, saying it is completely different from Android and iOS, it has a trustful and secure architecture that supports seamless collaboration across devices.
Besides, it is powered by a multi-device ID, multi-language unified compilation and a distributed architecture kit; it can get adapted to different screen layout controls and interactions. All its features will allow developers to build apps more efficiently that could run on multiple devices.
Huawei is aiming high, it has planned to release the OS as an open-source platform, worldwide; establishing an open-source foundation and an open-source community to support more in-depth collaboration with developers.
Huawei’s Action Plan
The Company pretends to position HarmonyOS as an alternative to Android. Even though, part of their purpose was to find a way to continue working with Google Mobile Services, including apps such as Gmail, as well as the Google Play Store… It seems very unlikely to happen due to the U.S. ban to the Chinese country, although, they are focused on developing their own alternative to GMS called Huawei Mobile Services (HMS).
Huawei is planning on replacing these utilities and services with other options. They have announced that they will be working with TomTom on new mapping alternatives, working on its own searching tools and a huge part of the offer is to work on expanding its own App Gallery dispense with the Play Store, with a full collection of HMS instead.
On Joy Tan words, who is Huawei’s President of Global Media and Communications; he suggests that HarmonyOS won’t be replacing Android on Huawei phones soon, that a viable alternative to Android’s operating system will take years to be completed.
Furthermore, there has been a suggestion that Huawei is feeling more dedicated and committed to following its own course, and we can notice that ourselves, based on their most recent announcements about the new Operating System and all their backup ideas and alternatives, demonstrating their commitment to their users.