HarmonyOSAfter the historic veto in the United States in early 2019 – by the Trump administration – Huawei announced shortly afterwards that they were working on a proprietary alternative to Android and Windows for their computers, drafted as a sort of Plan B in case the tensions from then on with the United States ran up and the worst happened.
And as Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei, told the German media Weltz: “We have prepared our own operating system. Should it ever happen that we can no longer use these systems (Android and Windows), then we are prepared. That’s our plan B. “
Officially introduced almost two years ago, it was August 2019 HarmonyOS became a reality and was first used on an Honor Vision smart TV. And it is that the system supports cross-development between devices and systems such as mobile phones, vehicle units, smart watches, wearables, smart TVs and even routers, allowing it to adapt user interface between different devices, outlining Huawei’s intention to unify your products under one ecosystem and beyond Android.
Harmony is a freely distributed microkernel-based operating system for various types of hardware, with “faster interprocess communication than QNX or Google’s” Fuchsia “microkernel, and real-time resource allocation.” The ARK compiler can be used to port Android APK packages to the operating system.
Green light for HarmonyOS 2.0
But what about cell phones? In late 2020, the company announced the launch of the HarmonyOS 2.0 beta in China for developers and for the brand’s flagships. The beta provided the “developers” with a range of resources so they could test the operating system and create experiences for Huawei’s own connected ecosystem.
According to the company’s roadmap and plans, within 4 months, by April 2021, the HarmonyOS beta would get official support for devices up to 4 GB and will be available for all devices as early as October 2021, including those with more than 4 GB of RAM.