US companies like Google, Intel and Qualcomm had stopped working with Huawei due to the Trump administration’s ban on Huawei. Being an Android smartphone manufacturer, it was a huge blow for Huawei as the company could not utilize Google Play Services, which hosts and manage all applications based on Android. However, it could use Android OS since it’s an open-source platform.
A lot of time has been passed since the ban, and Huawei has already announced and released its HarmonyOS and Huawei App gallery. The first iteration of the Harmony OS was based on the Android framework, which means that the OS is based on the Android platform. It was believed that Huawei would switch to its own framework by the time it released the second iteration of the HarmonyOS, but it seems it would not be possible again.
According to a report from Gsmarena, the beta version of the HarmonyOS released about a month ago is still based on the Android platform. A developer decided to take a deeper look to see Huawei’s improvements to its own operating system and found out that it is still based on Android.
He built a simple application for the KitKat version of Android (version 4.4) to determine if it works on the HarmonyOS. It should be noted that Android smartphones released between the last 2 years do not support Android apps based on anything less than Android 7.0. Running the application on a virtual android machine and virtual machine based on the HarmonyOS 2.0 triggered a similar response.
A pop-up message was displayed showing that the OS does not support the application. The HarmonyOS virtual machine used the word “HarmonyOS” instead of “Android”. Many other tests resulted in a very similar result. According to Huawei, AOSP (Android Open Source Project) still serves as a precursor to the HarmonyOS. It means the company is still using the Android framework but will transition to its own in the future.