Huawei started developing the HarmonyOS as a contingency plan due to uncertain political conditions between China and the US. Today, even though the situation is much calmer, there is still a small room for it to go in the wrong direction. Meanwhile, the Chinese giant has spared no effort in developing the operating system. Unlike other platforms, it is a universal system, ready to work on a wide variety of platforms.
In an article on GizmoChina, talking about Huawei’s Senior Global Product Manager’s conversation with a group of journalists explains the future of HarmonyOS. While a mobile phone transition is out of the question, the Chinese company is set to introduce its operating system on other platforms. Primarily, smartwatches. Huawei has recently launched the Huawei Watch GT based on the LiteOS. This LiteOS would be integrated into the HarmonyOS due to the platform’s Micro-Kernel. Therefore it is quite likely that a successor to the Watch GT could be running the HarmonyOS.
Another big platform that Huawei is aiming for is computers. With hopes to have HarmonyOS in all devices one day, as every company would do if it were in Huawei’s position, Huawei would be looking to push the operating system in computers too. While it would not be very sane to say that HarmonyOS would be replacing Microsoft’s Windows, there is way Huawei may still be able to gain some ground. Currently, Huawei computers are generally not on the budget side of things. Producing budget machines with HarmonyOS could pit these against the rising trend of Chromebooks. Of course, it would still not be that simple but this would be a start to create an all harmony eco-system.
The article further goes in detail about the potential of the operating system. Since the operating system is set to span over a multitude of devices, going with these first would be quite smart: to build an ecosystem. Adjusting to the new platform would not be a big task either because of the system’s multi-language support and not to mention, the ability to be supported on different displays. This will boost HarmonyOS to be developed into car systems and more importantly, televisions. China is one of the largest producers when it comes to televisions. The company, TCL, comes in at 2nd globally, behind Samsung. Many television in the line either run FireTV OS or the company’s proprietary system. With time, if Huawei pushes its software in that direction, not only would it get attention outside China, but it would be a good way to “climatize” the users.