Last year, months after being banned by the United States from using Google’s Android operating system, Huawei launched its own HarmonyOS (aka HongMeng OS) and new devices powered by the same are emerging. on the market.
At a recent event hosted by Sina Tech in China, Wang Chenglu, software manager of Huawei’s consumer software department, revealed information about the company’s plan with this new operating system.
He said the software was not a copy of Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS, which was made just for smartphones. Unlike these operating systems, HarmonyOS is designed for a wide range of devices, from smartphones to the Internet of Things.
Explaining the reasoning, he adds that smartphone shipments have been declining for the past two years and the COVID-19 pandemic has made the market worse. He further adds that the use of smartphones has reached its saturation point.
As the ecosystem of devices surrounding smartphones grows, such as wearable devices and smart home products, the problem is that almost all of them run on different software. Huawei aims to solve this problem with HarmonyOS, allowing users to have consistency across a range of devices.
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He also added this contract to what most reports indicate, HarmonyOS was not developed as an alternative to Android after the Chinese company was banned from using Google’s system. He says Huawei started working on its internal operating system in 2016.
HarmonyOS was developed as a single system for use on a variety of hardware – from small to large, consumer to enterprise, and compatible with different platforms. The company has already launched an updated version of the same, dubbed HarmonyOS 2.0.
The Chinese giant now hopes to install its own operating system on 200 million devices by the end of this year. Huawei will also allow other companies to use HarmonyOS on their devices, which is expected to be around 100 million devices, with a goal of reaching a total of 300 to 400 million devices this year.
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