Huawei’s China-developed operating system, branded as HarmonyOS, has been officially unveiled at the vendor’s developer conference in Dongguan.
The OS – known as HongmengOS in Chinese – will function across a range of devices including smartphones, smart watches and connected car systems. The CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group Richard Yu noted that the OS is aimed at providing smooth cross-platform functionality to enable low latency and better security.
Explaining how HarmonyOS works differently to systems such as Android and iOS, Yu said: “you can develop your apps once, then flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices”. The OS will be released as an open-source platform to make it an appealing prospect internationally, although it will debut in China.
Huawei has pushed towards self-reliance after being placed on a US blacklist that prevents it from importing components or software made in the USA. HarmonyOS is positioned as an alternative to Android that will help Huawei become more self-sufficient, with the vendor announcing earlier this week that it aimed to release a smartphone that used the OS before the end of the fiscal year.
The initial release of HarmonyOS will see version 1.0 used in smart device products scheduled for launch this year. Huawei will continue to optimise the system and plans to expand it to wearables and other devices across the next three years.