It was amidst the US-China trade war that Huawei came in the crossfire. The US openly condemned Huawei devices and Google had decided to end support for those products. It was not until further talks that the situation calmed down to the extent that the status quo was maintained. While this was the case, Huawei didn’t let this throw them off the track. According to the company, they had their in house OS in development. Naming this platform Hongmeng OS, the company had planned to replace Google’s Android if the countries were stuck at a stalemate.
Fast forwarding to today, the company recently announced its Harmony OS. The operating system, previously known as Hongmeng OS, similar to Google’s very own Fuschia OS. Phonearena in its article explains that Huawei plans to develop the platform to be able to work on multiple devices.
According to the company, at the annual developer conference in China, the operating system can run on a plethora of devices. It would be this integration which would allow it to run on very little RAM ranging from megabytes to gigabytes. That means users could have an integrated environment with devices like smart speakers, car stereos, tablets and mobile phones running on the same platform. Since it would be an open platform, apps from Android, HTML 5 and even Linux would run smoothly and natively on the operating system. According to the company, they could have, after accelerating the development process, the operating system running by 2020 with it’s version 3.0 coming in the year to follow.
While it may sound quite an exciting new development, one should not forget how advanced the Android platform is. With years of development behind it, Android would still be a much more stable platform than what Huawei would have to offer with Harmony OS. Even during the conference, CEO Richard Yu commented that flipping over to Harmony OS, while it would be a 1-2 day transition, would be the last resort for the company (as was the case during the trade war). Till they can, Huawei would love to continue using Android’s services.