Huawei finally unveiled a new micro-core distributed IoT based operating system, Harmony OS, that was secretly under development for years. This new operating system is designed to provide smooth user experience across devices. The Harmony OS has five excellent features to give customers the best experience.
Internet of Things
The first device to use Harmony OS is Honor Vision TV, Huawei’s attempt to decrease its reliance on Google’s Android.
Harmony OS will be called HongMeng OS. And will gradually show up in various IoT based devices by 2020.
ACCORDING TO HUAWEI’S SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT CATHERINE CHEN, HARMONYOS IS AN EMBEDDED OPERATING SYSTEM DESIGNED FOR INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT) HARDWARE.
As part of the IoT program, Harmony OS will be compatible with Smartphones as well which means the primary goal of this operating system is to allow extension of Internet connectivity into physical devices and everyday objects.
App migration and open source
One of the major concerns with developing a new operating system is the availability of popular and latest apps in the market. Huawei has addressed this by offering incentives and resources for major developers to migrate their applications to Harmony OS.
The allocation of these funds. initially, be focused on migrating popular applications to the platform, As 80% of the funds are allocated to developers outside of China.
This quick migration of applications to Harmony OS is due to the company’s ARK compiler and purpose-built IDE, both of which make it extremely easy for Android developers to tweak their applications and launch Harmony OS-compatible versions.
Madkour noted that, like Android, Harmony OS will be an open-source operating system, the development of which will be managed by a consortium of partners.
Android apps compatibility
Harmony OS will support Android apps. It will be available on smartphones, smart speakers, computers, smartwatches, wireless earbuds, cars, and tablets. Certainly, the developers can create one version of their apps and then use them across a range of different devices.
“We required an associate OS that supports all situations. It uses across a broad range of devices. And that can meet consumer demand for low latency and strong security,”
Unlike Android that uses Linux’s kernel. Harmony OS uses a “deterministic latency engine” that improves latency and latency fluctuation by 25.7% and 55.6 respectively. Moreover, Huawei claims that the microkernel can make “IPC [Inter Process Communication] performance up to five times more efficient than existing systems.”
Can HarmonyOS replace Android?
This is likewise the reason. Why Huawei still chooses to stick to Google’s Android and keeps Harmony OS as their plan B for smartphones.
But, the Chinese good phone large vows to continue developing the OS and build it accessible in varied smart devices within the close to future.