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Huawei unveils new open source modular OS developed in-house..

The Chinese smartphone maker, Huawei has been in the news for the last few months. Huawei is one of the biggest casualties of the ongoing US-China trade war where Google revoked Huawei’s license to use Android mobile operating system. 

In its effort to circumnavigate this ban, Huawei has now unveiled a new modular operating system which is based on a new microkernel developed by Huawei. The new operating system called ‘HarmonyOS’ is primarily aimed at IoT products and is seen more as a rival to Google’s Fuchsia OS. 

HarmonyOS is an improved cross-platform operating system. Along with the smartwatches, HarmonyOS works across wide range of devices including smart speakers, automobiles, computers, wireless earbuds, and smartwatches. The OS could be adapted into a mobile operating system in the future and end the company’s dependency on Android OS.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group announcing HarmonyOS at the Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) 2019 in Dongguan, China, said, “HarmonyOS is completely different from Android and iOS. It is a microkernel-based, distributed OS that delivers a smooth experience across all scenarios. It has trustworthy and secure architecture, and it supports seamless collaboration across devices. You can develop your apps once, then flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices.” 

In the press release, the company mentioned the use cases of the HarmonyOS for smart watches, smart screens, vehicle infotainment systems, and smart speakers. While the company did not mention using the OS for smartphones, it prefers sticking with Android for now to support its app developers. 

Over the next few years, Huawei will widen the use of HarmonyOS across broad range of devices. Applications are at the core of the smartphone ecosystem. Any platform without a broad catalog of apps will struggle in today’s market. Without the developer support, it is difficult for Huawei to win the smartphone OS game.

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