After Huawei found itself on the "entity list", which banned it from buying products and components (including licensing Google's Android) from USA companies, the Chinese giant teased its own smartphone operating system.
The name HarmonyOS was trademarked by Huawei back in July, and it looks like it's here to stay as the company's new operating system.
Huawei Technologies Ltd. wants to keep using Android, Richard Yu, CEO of its consumer device unit, said at a conference for software developers in the southern city of Dongguan.
A Huawei spokesperson emitted this quote: "For the sake of the Android system, of which Huawei has been a long and ardent participant, HarmonyOS will not be used on Huawei smartphones for the time being". HarmonyOS also lacks Android app compatibility, but the company says it will be simple for developers to modify their code for HarmonyOS.
HarmonyOS is a lightweight, compact operating system with powerful functionality, and it will first be used for smart devices like smart watches, smart screens, in-vehicle systems, and smart speakers.
At the event, Huawei made it clear that Harmony OS was not meant to replace Android on smartphones but is meant to work across various devices with a focus on security. While President Donald Trump signaled in late June that USA companies could resume sales of some products to Huawei, Bloomberg reported this week that the White House is now delaying its decision. The announcement of HarmonyOS highlights the growing ability of Huawei, the No. 2 global smartphone brand and biggest maker of network gear for phone carriers, to create technology and reduce its reliance on American vendors. It will also have a verified Trusted Execution Environment for a better connected security across multiple devices.
Up until Thursday, the Chinese company was not giving all that much information on its operating system development, only that it was working on one.
On Thursday, Beijing slammed the U.S. for releasing new rules banning Huawei and other Chinese companies from government contracts, saying they amounted to an "abuse of state power".
"If we cannot use it (Android) in the future, we can immediately switch to HarmonyOS", Yu said.
But Yu said Huawei had no plan to "launch a smartphone with HarmonyOS" while noting "our backup plan is always ready". It's more like Google's experimental Fuchsia OS than it is like Android. And that depends on consumers embracing HarmonyOS, which isn't a guarantee if it doesn't have Google apps like Gmail or YouTube. The battery is 4,000 mAh and in а true Huawei fashion comes with 20W fast charging. A lot of these numbers are because there is a "patriotic" fervour around Huawei and a lot of companies had "banned" people from using USA companies' products. Developers rarely improve their apps meaningfully for Android-based tablets, as they do on Apple's iPad.