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HarmonyOS: Huawei’s Alternative to Android?

Bipasha Mandal
Bipasha Mandal
Bipasha Mondal is writer at TechGenyz

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Huawei launched the HarmonyOS back in 2019 at the Huawei Developer Conference in August. The company claimed that this could run across all types of devices and that the starting point for this Operating System would be the company’s smartwatches, wearables, in-car head units, and the Honor Vision smart TV.

Since the Chinese company claimed that HarmonyOS could run across all devices, it was thought of as an alternative to Android. Does that mean that Huawei is planning to establish HarmonyOS in its devices replacing Android OS?

CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group Richard Yu perhaps explains it best as

We’re entering a day and age where people expect a holistic intelligent experience across all devices and scenarios. To support this, we felt it was important to have an operating system with improved cross-platform capabilities. We needed an OS that supports all scenarios, that can be used across a broad range of devices and platforms, and that can meet consumer demand for low latency and strong security. – Richard Yu

Huawei was forced to come up with an alternative to Android OS, especially after the US imposed a ban on this Chinese company. The US authorities prohibited the company from using any American technologies. So, Huawei smartphones are there in the market sans the Google services. The fact that HarmonyOS could be integrated into any device shows a path out for the company.

As mentioned earlier, Huawei’s very own OS could be used in all devices, including but not limited to smartphones, TVs, fitness bands, etc.

The chances of the US authorities lifting the ban on the Chinese company is almost next to nothing, so to tackle this problem, the company has decided to transfer all of its devices to its own operating system. Indeed, Huawei’s CEO Yu Chengdong hinted at the possibility of migrating all the devices to HarmonyOS for its users.


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