At the Huawei Developer Conference that took place on August 9, Huawei launched HarmonyOS, the operating system it built to replace its reliance on Android. The software is also known as Hongmeng in China.
Apparently, Huawei has been working on this microkernel-based distributed OS for ten years. The OS can be used in every smart device ranging from smartwatches, smart screens, in-vehicle systems to smart speakers. By doing so, Huawei aims to establish an integrated and shared ecosystem across multiple devices.
Huawei kept no secrets to the fact that it was working on its own OS following Google’s suspension of the company’s Android license. The HarmonyOS was designed with four distinct technical features in mind:
- Seamless – HarmonyOS offers a shared communications platform, distributed data management, distributed task scheduling and virtual peripherals. Therefore app developers won’t have to deal with the underlying technology for distributed apps, allowing them to focus on their own individual service logic.
- Smooth – Making use of a Deterministic Latency Engine and high-performance Inter-Process Communication (IPC), HarmanyOS looks to address major underperformance issues. Resources will gravitate toward tasks with higher priorities, reducing the response latency of apps by 25.7 per cent, delivering a smooth experience.
- Secure – Using brand-new microkernel design features enhances security. Harmony is the first OS to use formal verification in device a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE), therefore significantly improving security.
- Unified – Its multi-device IDE is able to allow apps to be developed and deployed across multiple devices at once. The OS is automatically able to adapt to different screen layouts and control interactions.
The company intends to continue using Android for now. It was also announced that the Honor Smart Screen will be the first product running HarmonyOS 1.0. “We believe HarmonyOS will revitalise the industry and enrich the ecosystem “, said Richard Yu. “Our goal is to bring people a truly engaging and diverse experience.” It is also said to bring numerous sets of benefits to consumers, equipment vendors and developers alike. Time shall tell if the company is able to deliver on its promises with the new HarmonyOS.