Huawei launches Harmony OS
Huawei has officially unveiled its in-house developed open-source operating system dropping the HongMeng OS moniker for something more global in calling it HarmonyOS. The operating system is based on what Huawei is calling “the first microkernel-based distributed OS for all scenarios’ meaning that it will scale from IoT devices like smart speakers through to TVs, wearables and smartphones. According to CEO Richard Yu, the operating system will support RAM sizes from as low as kilobytes through to gigabytes.
However, this is not something that the company admits it will be able to achieve overnight as it continues to develop the operating system. “HarmonyOS 1.0 will be first adopted in [Huawei’s] smart screen products, which are due to launch later this year. Over the next three years, HarmonyOS will be optimized and gradually adopted across a broader range of smart devices, including wearables, Huawei Vision, and head units for your car,” an emailed press release states. Although Huawei has been able to resume normal Android services after having them temporarily suspended following the Trump Administration ban on the company, it is good to know it has a viable 'plan B' in the pipeline.