Huawei Finally Announces Harmony OS, It’s Android Alternative

A new invention came into existence this morning in the city of Dongguan, China and we can’t wait to share the details with you. So apparently, Huawei’s long-rumored and awaited first-party operating system called HarmonyOS was officially unveiled.

The unveiling was done by Richard Yu, the company’s consumer business group CEO at Huawei developer conference which was held in China this morning.

HarmonyOS is a microkernel-based, like Google’s in-development FuchsiaOS and both can be used on multiple types of platforms at the same time. For example, mobile phones, wearables, television, and laptops.

On the other hand, Richard Yu said Android is not as efficient due to its redundant codes, general fragmentation issues, and outdated scheduling. Huawei said the HarmonyOS will also support existing Android apps.

Further, the Chinese media reported earlier this week that Huawei is set to launch a phone based on HarmonyOS by the end of this year.

Google banned Huawei from using Android sometimes in May 2019 following Huawei’s inclusion in the US entity list by the government.

This made Huawei intensified its efforts to develop this HarmonyOS as an alternative to Android. The company further stated that the OS will first be used on smart TVs, and it will be available on wearables and laptops by 2020.

Huawei emphasizes that it will only use the HarmonyOS if Android is not allowed on its smartphones.

The company also speaking via its twitter handle said;

Also, Huawei hinted that with this launch, Huawei is confident that the HarmonyOS can attain an EAL5+ certification level running the new OS.

Speaking further, Huawei explains that the technique which uses a ‘mathematical approach to validate system correctness from the source’ is mainly applied to security-critical fields like chipset and aerospace.

This implies a boost to system reliability and robustness. The micro-kernel can further be “scaled on-demand for wider system security”

On the other hand, Android uses Linux kernel’s scheduling mechanism while HarmonyOS uses “a deterministic latency engine”. This provides precise resource scheduling with real-time load analysis and forecasting and app characteristics matching.

The result is a 25.7% and 55.6% improvement in response latency and latency fluctuation respectively.

Richard Yu also confirmed that the HarmonyOS is not compatible with the Android app out-of-the-box. This means that any Android app of your choice won’t be able to be easily side-loaded.

He said app developers will have to make some changes to their app in other for them to be compatible with HarmonyOS.

He said it is very easy to transfer Android apps to HarmonyOS. The work on the HarmonyOS started two (2) years ago with version 1.0 of the microkernel.

The Chinese company said the version 2.0 will be released next year while the version 3.0 will be released in 2021, which will bring support for wearables and car head-unit.

The Chinese company also said they will lay the foundation for HarmonyOS in the Chinese market first before expanding to the global market.

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