For many years it was like Pingpong. The Chinese company Huawei and the US company Google played on Google Android operating system balls and made good business on both sides. The Huawei devices ran under Android and rolled up the field in the smartphone market shares. The company from China was not just a threat to Android-fidelity Samsung.
Also, the US group Apple was affected. Its iOS is a tightly controlled system that has suffered from the defragmentation of the Android market, which has spawned not only expensive but also very cheap Android smartphones. We recall: Steve Jobs wished Google bosses “hell” after Android’s first presentation, as US author Fred Vogelstein proved in his brilliant book Dogfight: How Apple and Google went to.
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“Future-proof and a connection of tomorrow”
But Samsung and Apple are no longer the favorite enemies of the Chinese group, which is steered according to industry insiders from the dictatorially organized state (even if Huawei again and again mantra-like emphasizes its independence).
Huawei’s Dogfight 2019 has the US administration of President Donald Trump as an opponent. Hard dogs. On both sides. “Future-proof and a connection of tomorrow”, these are the key messages Huawei currently has to customers. But this security is in danger.
Punitive charges, espionage charges against Huawei, fear of losing access to Android completely: out of this fear Huawei has currently presented Harmony OS, its own operating system.
Harmony in inharmonious times: what can HarmonyOS do?
So far, the devices of the Chinese manufacturer are known to run on Google’s Android. Harmony OS is a forward-looking master plan that becomes more important than ever for the company in times of crisis between the US and China.
Harmony in inharmonious times: Developers get a lot of freedom. Thus, code from various programming languages such as C ++ or Java can be reformatted with a Huawei compiler for the OS. A development environment makes it possible to provide programs directly to multiple types of devices, not just smartphones, but also TVs or smartwatches. Huawei will be open source in the future.
Huawei also wants to use the security measures that are used in the aerospace chipset. For better performance than Android-based or Linux-based operating systems, Huawei is pushing a new simplified protocol “to increase payload efficiency when connecting hardware such as displays, cameras, speakers, etc.”.
HarmonyOS does not allow root access. According to Huawei this is the biggest security risk of Android and Linux-based operating systems. Quite true.
In addition, the group wants to offer “precise resource planning with real-time load analysis as well as forecast and app features”. For example, HarmonyOS improves response latency by 25.7 percent and latency by as much as 55.6 percent.
The bottom line: Harmony ensures a decoupling of the operating system from the hardware. Developers will welcome this. For example, it enables drag-and-drop operations and preview-oriented visual programming.
Huawei speaks of “a completely new operating system” because HarmonyOS also allows AI functions in different scenarios from PCs to tablets to other devices. “
A modularized #HarmonyOS can be used as a flexible device to create a seamless cross-device experience. Ecosystem # HDC2019 pic.twitter.com/2TD9cgtdG8 Developed via the distributed capability kit
– Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) August 9, 2019
Not only thanks to HarmonyOS Huawei claims to be strengthened despite the trade war in the second half of the business year 2019. Only on July 30, the company announced its results for the first half of 2019: 401.3 billion Chinese yuan turnover (50.7 billion Euro), an increase of 23.2 percent over the same period last year. The company’s net profit margin for the first half of 2019 was a whopping 8.7 percent.
Huawei board member Liang Hua said “excellence in all financial indicators, smooth operations, solid organization and a robust half year”.
Although Android remains for Huawei initially the “Mobile to go,” as the group explained at its developer conference. But who still considers HarmonyOS to be a shaky challenge under the current circumstances, should be surprised: By 2020, Huawei wants to present the second major version of the system. In 2021, version 3 is planned. Everything planned in the Chinese way and looking ahead.
It should be noted: In terms of reaction latency HarmonyOS, presented in August 2019, is already better than another operating system, which was first introduced in September 2008. His name at that time: Android.
Due to the rapid progress, the group dares even now to equip new devices with HarmonyOS. Still, one takes account of the current Android partners, but:
“We could switch from Android to HarmonyOS in a day or two.”
HarmonyOS has just been announced at # HDC2019! How are you going to build an all-scenario smart ecosystem and experience? How do we overcome the challenges of future OS for connected things? Stayed tuned with us to find out. pic.twitter.com/x7ZbgcEy2d
– Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) August 9, 2019
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