Huawei has revealed its own in-house operating system will be called HarmonyOS.
"HarmonyOS is completely different from Android and iOS", said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, at the company's developer conference in Dongguan, China. So Huawei uses a modified version of Android in its domestic market that is stripped of Google apps.
However, Huawei said HarmonyOS would first be used in devices such as smart speakers and watches, rather than replacing Android in its phones.
Huawei has revealed some details of the new Harmony OS software that it could use in smartphones, smartwatches, and other devices as a potential replacement for Android.
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Chinese media, meanwhile, claims that Huawei plans on stuffing the OS in a phone due to launch later this year. Including such a feature could be to ensure that users don't face any issues when switching over from Android to Harmony or it it's a just that Huawei is learning from Microsoft's smartphone experience.
Migrating from Android to HarmonyOS, Yu said, would only take a few days. The same technology has also been used in a couple of discrete places, including the Trusted Execution Environment module in recent smartphones. But, overcoming this situation, Huawei has made a new development which might prove to be Achilles' heel for Google's Android operating system. As it stands right now, Harmony OS is available on Honor Vision TV, but that's likely to change. He also mentioned that you can develop your apps once, and then flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices thanks to HarmonyOS' architecture.
Sales of Huawei's smartphones have suffered in global markets as a result, but have held up well in China where most of Google's popular products are banned anyway and Huawei has been offering alternatives.
"However, if we cannot use it [Android] in the future, we can immediately switch to the Harmony OS", he said.
With this OS, app developers will not have to deal with the underlying technology for distributed apps, says the company, so they'll be free to focus on individual service logic. Huawei wants to use Android if it can, but if it can't, HarmonyOS is the answer.