Huawei finally reveals its HarmonyOS: A worthy alternative to Android?

Huawei's all-new operating system, HarmonyOS, might soon be able to take over Google's Android. Here's how.

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Huawei's HarmonyOS might soon replace Android.

Huawei has been working on its own operating system for quite some time now. When the company was banned from doing business with US-based companies, it understood the importance of having its own operating system and it pushed the team to launch it sooner than later. After three years of development, the Huawei HarmonyOS is finally here.

The company made the announcement about the new platform at the annual Huawei Developers Conference in Dongguan, China. CEO Richard Yu also revealed that HarmonyOS has been under development since 2017 and the first product running it will be unveiled on August 10 by Honor.

According to the keynote, Huawei wants to make its own ecosystem with this new platform. The operating system will be cable of running on multiple devices including smartphones, smart wearables, TVs, tablets, laptops, cars and more. Having such an ecosystem will help the company to compete directly against Apple.

HarmonyOS is based on a microkernel, which means it will use very few resources resulting in fast operating speeds and minimum latency. Also, it is open-source and comes with TEE (Trusted Execution Environment) for improved security across devices. Apart from that, the Arc compiler in Harmony OS supports all the major programming languages like C++, Java, JavaScript and Kotlin.

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According to Richard Yu, the operating system has the potential to replace Android right away. However, they will stick with Android for now on most of their devices as currently, Google offers an extensive app portfolio. Also, Yu said that they will soon be providing installation files so that the users can enjoy the new OS on their current Huawei smartphone.


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