HarmonyOS, Huawei’s new cross-device operating system, has been announced by its CEO, Richard Yu at HDC 2019, the company’s Developer Conference in Dongguan, China. 

Clearly a thinly-veiled response to political events over the last year, the message is clear – if Huawei needs to ditch Android, down the line, it can.

For the time being though, this is a smart device operating system leading the charge alongside other unified operating systems such as Google’s Fuscia. 

HarmonyOS is a platform designed for a variety of devices, and is currently aimed at IoT devices such as smart displays or smart home equipment.

Huawei claims that with the rise of the IoT device, a more efficient operating system is needed. With these IoT devices packing less memory and storage than smartphones, they need significantly more streamlined code, and for 100 lines of Android code, you could just have one line of HarmonyOS code. 

Despite this, HarmonyOS is still able to deliver powerful functionality across devices.

By taking a ‘single kernel across devices approach’, Huawei also aims to create a shared ecosystem, break through silos and in turn save developers time. One app can be deployed across a car head unit, smartwatch, fitness tracker and speaker, working perfectly. 


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