Harmony OS: Huawei’s Operating System for Smart Devices, will it survive?

After the recent tremor that Huawei experienced when Donald Trump or the U.S. temporarily blocked their business in the United States in which affect their relationship with Google. Huawei learned a lesson: to not rely heavily on an outside provider. So, now they created their own operating system called Harmony OS or Hóngméng OS.

As of now, the operating system is not intended yet for Smartphones but rather to other smart devices like SmartTV, wearables, vehicles, house appliances, and an intermediary between Android and smart devices.

An open-source, microkernel-based distributed operating system being developed by Huawei HiSilicon

Harmony OS is expected to be released either this August or September 2019, with a worldwide plan release in the second quarter of 2020. Harmony OS is not a new Operating System contender of Android, there were lots of OS that tried but failed like Tizen from Samsung, Windows from Microsoft, Symbian from Nokia, etc. that does not really scratch the market share of Android and iOS. With this, will Harmony OS survive in the dominating world of Android and iOS? The strategy of Huawei to introduce this first to other smart devices could be a good move. Like some other operating system, Harmony OS is also open-source inticing developers to create applications or background systems that will work hand-in-hand with the OS.

According to Huawei, they will still use Google’s operating system on their smartphones but they are the only one that can tell of when until this be. Obviously, Huawei wanted to stand on their own and stop relying on other providers especially if they don’t have much of the control. This slow movement is just the start of their ambition to replace the current giants in smartphones, Smart device’s OS, and data gathering activities.

iOS is known for being user-friendly, optimized, and secure while Android is known for being customizable, innovative, and backed by a Search-engine giant. What could Harmony OS offers to the world that differentiates itself from iOS and Android that makes the world consider it? Let us wait and see for now on how this new OS will change the game.


Oppo: Chinese Android Phone Manufacturer Deployed their own app store

To avoid a similar fate as Huawei, Guangdong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd, commonly referred to as Oppo, A Chinese Android phone manufacturer deployed their app store to their phones on their recent software updates. Oppo Appstore has similar functionality as the Google Play store and been around but was optional to install. Though this isn’t new, Samsung already had their own Appstore too long time ago but for Chinese brands, I think pushing their own repository of apps is now a necessity.

The move is reasonable for all Android manufacturer as we can see that Google still has the ultimate hold to their business. Google is reportedly arguing with the decision of the United States to ban Huawei as according to them could threaten US security. As per Google if sensitive information sent to the forked version of Android installed in Huawei device could be at risk or compromised since the forked version does not undergo rigorous check from Google.

If these Android phone manufacturers will create a similar app store like Google’s with similar or more feature and security then it will not be that difficult for them to continue their business in case Google or US will threaten them. From then they can have an absolute departure from Google and will start creating their own space and innovate from there. It could also mean a new mobile OS and a start of the downfall of Android if this new OS will proliferate.