Huawei has officially unveiled its home-brewed microkernel-based operating system, HarmonyOS. It has also been known as HongMeng OS and rumoured to be possibly called Ark OS. HarmonyOS is an open source platform that can be deployed on all types of devices, including smartphones, smart TVs, car kits, smart speakers, smartwatches, and more.
Huawei boasts that they can switch to Harmony OS for their smartphones in two days max. according to them, the migration is not a difficult process because of the nature of the microkernel. However, they are sticking with Android till circumstances deem it necessary to make the switch.
A modularized #HarmonyOS can be nested to adapt flexibly to any device to create a seamless cross-device experience. Developed via the distributed capability kit, it builds the foundation of a shared developer ecosystem #HDC2019 pic.twitter.com/2TD9cgtdG8
— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) August 9, 2019
The company says that HarmonyOS is faster and more secure than Android. If you love to root your devices, you should know upfront that Harmony OS will not allow for root access.
What will app compatibility be like? Harmony OS will eventually support not just Android apps, but also HTML5 and Linux based ones. In the meantime, Huawei will be pushing hard for developers to create for the new platform.
HarmonyOS was unveiled at the Huawei Developers Conference in Dongguan, China, and will be first deployed in the Honor TV, which will be launched on the 10th of August 2019 in the same country.
We have an easy-to-understand guide about HarmonyOS for your convenience.