HarmonyOS, Huawei’s new cross-unit operating process, has been introduced by its CEO, Richard Yu at HDC 2019, the firm’s Developer Meeting in Dongguan, China.
Clearly a thinly veiled response to political activities in excess of the past year, the message is very clear – if Huawei needs to ditch Android, down the line, it can.
For the time staying nevertheless, this is a good product functioning procedure major the cost together with other unified functioning methods these types of as Google’s Fuscia. HarmonyOS is a platform made for a selection of gadgets, and is now aimed at IoT products these kinds of as good displays or clever residence machines.
Specified the political situation amongst the US and China and the impression it’s had on Huawei’s accessibility to Android in excess of the past year, it is tiny wonder that Richard Yu presented a defiant, assured stance.
At the very same time, Yu refrained from committing to any switches from Android just however.
Huawei promises that with the increase of the IoT gadget, a much more economical functioning system is necessary. With these IoT products packing much less memory and storage than smartphones, they need substantially a lot more streamlined code, and for 100 lines of Android code, you could just have just one line of HarmonyOS code. Even with this, HarmonyOS is nevertheless capable to supply strong features throughout gadgets.
By getting a ‘single kernel across gadgets approach’, Huawei also aims to make a shared ecosystem, crack by means of silos and in switch conserve developers time. One particular application can be deployed throughout a car or truck head device, smartwatch, health and fitness tracker and speaker, doing the job correctly.
Keep in mind Home windows Telephone?
We’ve found a thing very similar ahead of, most notably on Home windows Phone, which had a shared Kernel with Windows 10. Even though that wasn’t a strike, Huawei’s could have a silver bullet in its gun – Android compatibility.
HarmonyOS will begin daily life as a Television OS – Huawei Vision, with Richard Yu confirming that it would be featuring on an Honor announcement on working day two of the developer convention – probably Honor Television.
This will generate options for seamless casting and fluid across devices, so a person could be on a online video connect with on their phone, solid it to a Television in the kitchen area, then carry on it in the residing place. Immediately after that, they could acquire a cellphone contact, shifting from home to room, with the call pursuing them all over leaping from just one good speaker to yet another.
HarmonyOS will also aspect on watches, speakers and car or truck head units down the line, but isn’t constrained to these device categories. What is extra, it is open-source, with Huawei releasing promises for a lot of developer guidance down the line.
HarmonyOS will also be an open up-resource platform, so developers will be ready to supply apps for the platform and other companies of smartphones may even opt for to use the functioning technique.
As for smartphones receiving Harmony OS, Yu was crystal clear Huawei’s current stance: “When can we put it on our smartphones? We can do it any time, but for the Google partnership, and efficiency, the precedence will be for Google Android OS … If we can’t use it in the potential, we can change from Android’
He clarified that the change would be “quick and easy”, putting forward fighting phrases though clearly safeguarding his company’s partnership with Google, for the time currently being at minimum.