Huawei unveils HarmonyOS operating system, says it's ready for phones

Huawei unveils HarmonyOS operating system, says it's ready for phones

Previous names mooted for the operating system have been HongMeng OS and Ark OS.

The company's Consumer Business Group CEO, Richard Yu, was the one to unveil the news at the conference. In May, Google banned Huawei from using Android, following the latter's inclusion in the U.S. entity list.

While Harmony OS is now expected to be used primarily with IoT products such as wearables and smart displays, if Huawei loses access to the Android operating system, it will be capable of deploying Harmony OS onto its smartphones immediately.

As we noted in recent days, the fact that Huawei is prepping its first Hongmeng device would seem to be an indication it doesn't expect the U.S. ban to get resolved in its favor anytime soon. It'll also be open source, which means that other manufacturers will be able to use it.

The operating system, which Huawei started working on two years ago, will be open source software and aims to be safer and more efficient than existing ones in the market, he said.

Harmony OS is expected to launch later this year on products with smart displays, such as the Huawei Vision.

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It won't be launching Harmony OS on smartphones but Yu disclosed that the operating system slowly start to make an appearance on Smart TVs, wearables and laptops by 2020.

Amid the standoff, the company has insisted that nothing would change for existing Huawei device users and their phones - all now running Android - would continue to function as normal.

The Operating System, unfortunately, isn't ready yet as Huawei said they aren't ready to show it on a smartphone. While that wasn't a hit, Huawei's could have a silver bullet in its gun - Android compatibility.

Google's services are effectively blocked in China.

He said the operating system can be used across different devices from smartphones to smart speakers and even sensors.

"If we cannot use Android in the future, then we can immediately switch to HarmonyOS", Yu explained to attendees, adding that migrating from Android to the new platform "is not that hard".