9 April 2020

HarmonyOS was unveiled today

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HarmonyOS was unveiled at the Huawei Developer Conference on Friday, the company said in a press release, but it’s unclear whether it uses any of Google’s Android. reports citing BGR that 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 a 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.

HarmonyOS 1.0 will be used in smart screen products at first — which might be a euphemism for phones — which will launch later this year. In the coming three years, the OS will be optimized for wearables, Huawei Vision and heads up displays in cars.

In addition to low-latency, HarmonyOS is also supposed to be secure and trustworthy. That’s a term Huawei uses in the press release to address security, but there’s no explicit mention of HarmonyOS encryption anywhere in it. The company does say that the risk of attacks is significantly reduced as the microkernel has just one-thousandth the amount of Linux kernel.

The Mate 30 Pro is Huawei’s next flagship smartphone and the best candidate to run HarmonyOS out of the box in China. We’ll have to wait until October to see whether Huawei does make it's Android replacement available to consumers.

2019.08.09 / 15:53
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