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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.

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Coocaa TV unboxing

Most Filipinos are fond of watching TV shows, it’s our easy access to entertainment, news, music, and today’s modern TV even accessing the web is possible too.

I’ve been working for like 7 years and it’s weird that this is my first time to purchase a television. It was really not my type who watch TV shows that much. Having a TV is not my priority, after all, shows, news, music can now be accessed in mobile phones so I thought why should I spend my money to that not so important appliance, right?

But just recently, I realized that I think it won’t hurt if I buy a television. My mother would like it, especially if she will visit me here in Cebu as she will not get bored now. I’ve been a subscriber to Netflix too and I think I am not maximizing the benefits of Netflix if I will just watch the shows on a small screen. I’m also planning to move to another internet provider which offers a cable channel; my current ISP is just a telephone which I don’t use that often since I’m a postpaid subscriber that has unlimited call and text, so a telephone is redundant.

So about this TV, it’s called Coocaa and as of this writing they are a new entry here in the Philippines though they are under Skyworth and they’ve been in the market since 2006 but very recent here in the Philippines; I purchased the 32″ Netflix ready/Smart TV for Php 8,490 only.

The TV is HD ready, I was actually torn between buying the Full HD version and this one but my budget dictates the final decision because as mentioned it’s not a priority and I might not be really using this often. I like its aesthetics, the borders are thin and has a gray, faux leather texture under it as an accent.

So What is the difference between HD ready and Full HD?

This was my question too when I was researching what TV I should be buying and this is what I found. HD ready TV’s are television that is capable of playing HD content from the provider like your cable provider, channel, or streaming sites like Netflix.

HD ready TVs are showing you a resolution of 720p images (1280×720 pixels) while Full HD has a resolution of 1080p (1920×1080 pixels). That means Full HD is like double the size from HD and more clearer and more detailed. You can only appreciate this Full-HD if your content is a Blu-ray, or you like to play games in your big screen but for cable channels, no cable providers yet as of this writing are providing a Full HD content thus your HD ready screen is still perfect. My Netflix subscription is up to HD only too so no problem for me, the videos are crisp and vivid; I enjoy watching it.

My Conclusion

If I’m going to rate this TV where 10 is the highest, I think it’s 8. I am not expecting huge about this TV given that it’s affordable and made by a not so known brand but aesthetic wise it’s impressive! The HD shows in Netflix play well and crisp. I just notice the pixels when the color it projects is black since it has no local dimming but I’m not complaining since this is not full-HD and not an AMOLED screen. In addition, there’s a little warm tone but not so visible though and it could just be of my display settings. Again, if you just want the basic function of a TV that still provides you with a good display from your cable providers or streaming sites and at the same time not breaking your piggy bank then this TV is for you.