Huawei HarmonyOS Launched for Smartphones With an Eye on IoT Market


Huawei introduced the launch of its proprietary HarmonyOS for smartphones on Wednesday, because the embattled firm seems to be to get better from US sanctions which have hobbled its handset enterprise.

Huawei will begin rolling out HarmonyOS on sure fashions of its smartphones from Wednesday night, providing customers the prospect to change from the present working system that’s primarily based on Google’s Android platform.

The usage of HarmonyOS means the corporate will now not be wholly reliant on Android. US sanctions banned Alphabet’s Google from offering technical help to new Huawei cellphone fashions and entry to Google Cell Companies, the bundle of developer companies upon which most Android apps are primarily based.

Quite than being a like-for-like alternative, Huawei is billing HarmonyOS as an ‘Web-of-Issues’ platform, geared toward working on and connecting different gadgets resembling laptops, smartwatches, automobiles, and home equipment.

Huawei is aiming to have HarmonyOS rolled out on 200 million smartphones and 100 million third-party sensible gadgets by the year-end, stated Wang Chenglu, president of Huawei Shopper Enterprise Group’s software program division, who has led Huawei’s efforts to develop HarmonyOS since 2016.

Wang spoke at a media roundtable a day earlier and his feedback had been embargoed till Wednesday.

China’s main telecommunications gear maker discovered itself on a US commerce blacklist in Could 2019 as a result of nationwide safety issues. Huawei has repeatedly denied it’s a danger.

The ban put Huawei’s handset enterprise underneath immense strain. As soon as the world’s greatest smartphone maker, Huawei now could be ranked sixth globally with a four % market share within the first quarter.

However Wang stated the corporate was wanting past smartphones with HarmonyOS. He stated the smartphone market had plateaued and that smartphones stay the dominant gadget in folks’s lives largely as a result of most builders have few different platforms to develop for.

As an alternative, there was a necessity for a system to bridge the hole between gadgets, Wang stated.

“The issue with current working techniques is that gadgets cannot be linked simply,” with customers typically having to obtain separate apps to get issues to attach, Wang stated.

“However Concord can allow gadgets to be linked to type an excellent gadget. It’s going to work as one file system, actually one gadget,” Wang stated.

Wang stated he would welcome different smartphone makers adopting HarmonyOS, however added that Huawei sees huge alternatives in working with makers of non-smartphone gadgets.

Will Wong, an analyst at IDC, stated it was not important for Huawei that different smartphone makers undertake HarmonyOS.

“(However) for Huawei to realize its ambition, it will likely be necessary to get different electronics manufacturers and even automakers onboard for the OS, and China supplies a beneficial market ecosystem to realize this,” stated Wong.

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