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Following recent events, Huawei’s highly anticipated operating system has officially been launched today at the Huawei Developer Conference. The company decided to go with Harmony OS as the name for the new, open-source platform.
Harmony OS is completely different from Android and iOS. It is a microkernel-based, distributed OS that delivers a smooth experience across all scenarios. It has trustworthy and secure architecture, and it supports seamless collaboration across devices. You can develop your apps once, then flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices.Huawei CEO Richard Yu
The new operating system supports smartphones, smart speakers, computers, smartwatches, wireless earbuds, cars, and tablets. Yu said the platform supports RAM sizes from kilobytes to gigabytes. However, it won’t support root access.
“Harmony OS is the first microkernel-based distributed OS for all scenarios,” consumer group CEO Richard Yu told attendees at the Huawei Developer Conference.
The platform will eventually support a range of apps, specifically noting that HTML5, Linux, and, crucially, Android apps will be compatible.
“Harmony OS 1.0 will be first adopted in its smart screen products, which are due to launch later this year. Over the next three years, Harmony OS will be optimized and gradually adopted across a broader range of smart devices, including wearables, Huawei Vision, and head units for your car,” Huawei said in a statement.