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Huawei officially unveils its potential Android replacement, HarmonyOS

By midian182 · 6 replies
Aug 9, 2019
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  1. We’d heard reports that Huawei was working on its own operating system, previously known as Hongmeng, even before the Trump administration added the company to an Entity list back in May, which prevents US organizations doing business with the Chinese firm without a license from the Commerce Department.

    Huawei filed trademarks for Hongmeng in June, though it muddied the waters when an exec later said the OS wasn’t designed for smartphones. Earlier this week, however, it was reported that the company had been testing a smartphone running its in-house operating system, and that a reveal was on its way.

    True to that report, Huawei has just shown off what is now called HarmonyOS. The open-source platform bears several similarities to Google’s upcoming Fuchsia, in that both are microkernel-based and designed to work across a number of devices, including tablets, IoT devices, smartwatches, computers, smartphones, and more.

    Huawei talked about some of Harmony’s features, claiming that its IPC performance was five times that of Fuchsia. It added that it uses a deterministic latency engine that provides "precise resource scheduling with real-time load analysis and forecasting and app characteristics matching." There’s also a big focus on security, with the OS having a verified TEE (Trusted Execution Environment), keeping data secure across multiple smart devices.

    Harmony will support apps built for HTML5, Linux, and Android, and it is set to launch on “smart screen products”—expected to be smart TVs—later this year before arriving on wearables and laptops across the next three years. Huawei said it will only be used in its smartphones if it is no longer allowed to use Android. With the Trump administration reportedly putting Huawei licenses on hold, that scenario is looking more likely by the day.

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  2. Badvok

    Badvok TS Maniac Posts: 298   +155

    "There’s also a big focus on security, ...", is this Huawei we're talking about? The same company that takes 18 months to release a monthly security patch?
    lexster and Hexic like this.
  3. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,363   +1,001

    Raise your hands if you want a Hua Wei device without access to Google Play Store or Updates.
  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,780   +1,166

    Best timing ever... /s

    lexster likes this.
  5. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 542   +330

    Time to kick Google's and US' monopoly right in the butt
  6. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 531   +261

    Yes, Huawei brings out their own OS that is based on Google's own Fuchsia. LOL! That's hilarious irony.
  7. GregonMaui

    GregonMaui TS Booster Posts: 147   +51

    Deja Vu, all over again! What was the biggest negative outcome of outsourcing manufacturing of electronics jobs over the last 30 years? Sucking the life blood out of the US ability to manufacture high tech devices. with the assembly went the engineering, the technical know-how the infrastructure, etc. And guess what, Americans do not have a monopoly on intelligence, everyone else, it seems (I know shocking exclamations!) is just as smart.

    So now with a poorly thought out and poorly executed unnecessary trade war, we have forced the largest country in the world to go into software in a big way (they are already on par with us on super computers, cause oh, we banned them a while back), so now they are in software big time. let no one forget that China had the world's largest economy for centuries, they have the drive, they have the talent, they have the capital, Bye bye android!

    Biggest question is why the largest manufacturer of smartphones in the world (hint it is a Korean company), hasn't already ditched android for its own software? Will they follow suit? If you don't own it, you can't control it, if you can't control it, you can't make better features than your competition and are saddled with a one-size-fits-all approach that doesn't highlight your unique skills and abilities. go Samsung go!
    thews86 likes this.

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