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.
A modularized #HarmonyOS can be nested to adapt flexibly to any device to create a seamless cross-device experience. Developed via the distributed capability kit, it builds the foundation of a shared developer ecosystem #HDC2019 pic.twitter.com/2TD9cgtdG8
— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) August 9, 2019
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.
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.