The split between Huawei and Google will soon be over. Deprived of Android because of the Trump administration which blacklisted it, the Chinese manufacturer is rebounding. After spending a year developing its application store (the AppGallery) and its HMS services, Huawei is now launching its operating system. By October 2021, all of the brand’s smartphones will be able to switch to HarmonyOS.
HarmonyOS, a flexible system
For HarmonyOS to be a success, Huawei knows it must be reassuring. The Chinese brand’s promise is quite simple: HarmonyOS is the easiest platform on which to develop an application.
The brand swears that making an app for a smartphone in vertical format is enough for it to work on a smartphone in horizontal format, a tablet, a television, a watch and the dashboard of a car. HarmonyOS is designed to automatically adapt to the device that uses it. Huawei’s APIs, which are very numerous (currently 12,981), are said to be faster and more modern than those of Google depending on the brand (Huawei explains for example that in third-party apps like Snapchat, the quality of the photos is excellent on a Huawei smartphone. This is not the case elsewhere).
The OS that installs everywhere
With HarmonyOS, Huawei is not only designing the future of the smartphone. The Chinese brand wants its operating system to be that of the world of connected objects. Its goal is that your oven, your washing machine, your air purifier and your enclosure will all use the HarmonyOS code. Since the operating system has been designed to operate many devices simultaneously, it will allow you to control your entire house with your smartphone.
If Huawei has not returned to this aspect, we know that HarmonyOS shares code with Android and can normally run all of its applications. We will try to obtain confirmation of this during the day.
Deployment in 2021
In April, all devices with less than 4 GB of RAM will be able to use HarmonyOS. A few months later, in October, all of the brand’s products will be eligible for the new operating system.
Next year, recent Huawei smartphones, like the P40 Pro, could therefore abandon their Android Open Source for the Huawei system, even if the Chinese brand has not really given details on this transition. Besides, we still haven’t seen the HarmonyOS user interface. So allow us to be careful, it is not yet certain that the operating system is sufficiently mature when it is launched.
With the software future slowly starting to take shape, one might be tempted to think that Huawei has found the beginning of a solution to get out of the crisis. Recall that, unfortunately, it will soon be impossible to source components. These constraints, in addition to the youth of HarmonyOS, may have an impact on the good health of Huawei in the short term.