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Explained: What impact Huawei HarmonyOS can have on Google Android

Explained: What impact Huawei HarmonyOS can have on Google Android

Now Huawei's sub-brand Honor has released the Honor Vision TVs at the 2019 Honor developer conference, which are the first devices to feature the in-house operating system.

This new Honor TV has chipsets from Huawei's HiSilicon which is known for semiconductors found inside smart devices.

According to Yu, Harmony will be open source and that it aims to be safer and more efficient than existing ones in the market.

USA curbs imposed in May threatened Huawei's smartphone sales by limiting access to Android and blocking Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., from supporting music and other services based on the system. Richard Yu, Huawei's Consumer Business Group CEO, stated that the new OS will run "faster and safer" than Android.

On Thursday, Beijing slammed the U.S. rules banning Huawei and other Chinese companies from government contracts amounted to "abuse of state power". We have talked about the Honor Vision series of Smart TVs in detail in a separate article.

HarmonyOS 1.0 will be first adopted in Huawei's smart screen products, which are due to launch later this year.

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Traditionally, new operating systems are released alongside new types of devices. It is created to work across devices with cross-platform capabilities to support smart and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

As we previously said, the new OS will replace Android, which was the company's goal for a long time.

The restrictions were later eased, including 90-day licenses for companies to continue working with Huawei, as well as further permission from US President Donald Trump to sell some equipment. Thus Huawei said that it began exploring how it might deliver this experience, one it asserts would transcend the boundaries of physical space and span different hardware and platforms. However, yesterday, Bloomberg reported that the White House is delaying its decision about issuing these licenses in the wake of China's decision to halt purchases of U.S. farming goods. However, Huawei still remains blacklisted and the US-China trade war has only escalated since then.

HarmonyOS now has an official name, but it still has some major hurdles to overcome. He also added that HarmonyOS is entirely different from Android and iOS right from the ground up, thanks to its microkernel-based design. Huawei says there are more than 800,000 developers in its product ecosystem. There are a lot of big promises here, but it's going to be an even bigger challenge to build an app ecosystem to rival both Android and Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

Apart from the Honor smart screen, the HarmonyOS will also be used in more smart devices such as PCs, smartphones, smart watches and in-vehicle systems.