Huawei to roll out own mobile operating system to 400m+ devices to compete with Google's Android

Huawei is expected to begin rollout of HarmonyOS from 2nd June 2021.

Carl Adrian

2 Jun, 2021

Huawei to roll out own mobile operating system to 400m+ devices to compete with Google's Android | BEAMSTART News

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Huawei is gearing up to launch its HarmonyOS to the world, in a move that would likely compete with Google's Android.

HarmonyOS is a new operating system developed by Huawei that aims to replace Google's Android OS on the phones they ship, and could present a massive opportunity to software developers.

Key Highlights

  • Huawei is set to roll out HarmonyOS to the world starting from 2nd June (today).
  • The operating system looks and feels very similar to Android, but has many changes under the hood.
  • In fact, HarmonyOS reportedly performs much more effectively on devices with lower hardware performance, and is also capable of running existing Android apps with minimal to no issues.

Why It Matters

  • Earlier last year, the US along with Google prevented Huawei devices from working fully on the Android operating system.
  • This has resulted in Huawei's sales outside China falling significantly, and many users not being able to use Google's mobile services on Huawei devices.
  • With HarmonyOS likely to be available on a few hundred-million devices, this presents a massive opportunity for developers looking to get their apps into the phones of more people.
  • There is a possibility that more Chinese smartphones will run on HarmonyOS in the long run as the country's tech giants aim to move away  on their reliance on US's mobile software technology.

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