The Chinese networking giant Huawei unveiled Friday HarmonyOS, its new operating system that could replace Android.
The long-awaited micro-kernel-based HarmonyOS will be available for deployment on "smart screen devices" later in 2019, the CEO of Huawei Richard Yu confirmed. He also added that over the next three years it would expand to work on wearables and other devices.
Huawei did not clarify what is meant under "smart screen devices," but according to Reuters, the first of these would be a range of smart TVs. The first of them, the Honor Smart Screen due to be unveiled on Saturday.
For the moment, HarmonyOS would be active only on the Chinese market before Huawei expands it worldwide. In China, the software would be named Hongmeng. It would also be released as an open-source platform to encourage its quick adoption.
The main aim of Yu is to reduce Huawei's dependency on U.S. companies, including Google's Alphabet. When presenting the new operating system, Yu claimed it was more robust and secure than Android. In addition to that, its IPC performance was reportedly five times that of Google's experimental Fuchsia, said Yu without providing proof for both his statements.
Also, in Yu's words, HarmonyOS would be completely different than its biggest rivals, iOS, and Android because of its ability to scale across diverse devices. In conclusion, Yo commented that Huawei wanted to develop a global operating system to be used by everyone.
Richard Yu confirmed Huawei was not planning to stop using Android for the moment. It would still prioritize it for its smartphones, but in case they are no longer allowed to use it, people would be able to install HarmonyOS quickly, Yu said.
The news about Huawei's new operating system comes months after the start of the U.S.- China trade war. As a result, Trump's administration put Huawei in an entity list restricting U.S. companies from doing business with it.
In addition to that, Washington has also accused Huawei of stealing U.S. intellectual property, trade secrets, and it said the Chinese giant is a risk to the national security. Huawei declined all the accusations and started a legal battle to fight back.
Google, Intel, and other U.S.-based companies that have had business relationships with Huawei before the beginning of the trade war had to suspend their relationships with the Chinese giant, questioning its future prospects. In the aftermath, Huawei's performance in the last quarter was weak compared to numerous previous quarters.
What do you think? Do you believe that Huawei's HarmonyOS would manage to end the Android's hegemony?