Chinese global tech giant Huawei has officially announced its new Operating System called Harmony OS (Hongmeng OS in China) which is earlier rumored to be developing to end its dependency on Android.
The company has told that the new operating system is a microkernel-based distributed OS which is designed to be used in smartphones, smart speakers, wearables, and in-vehicle systems to create a shared ecosystem across devices.
Harmony OS came under speculation when Huawei was suspended by Google from using Android License earlier in May following the ban by the US government on Huawei.
Huawei says that the OS will be released as an open-source platform worldwide to encourage adoption.
In a press release, the CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group Richard Yu says that HarmonyOS is “completely different from Android and iOS” because of its ability to scale across different kinds of devices. “You can develop your apps once, then flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices,” the CEO said.
The company plans to launch the Harmony OS on “smart screen products” later this year before releasing it on other devices like wearable over the next three years. According to a report from Reuters, Huawei’s sub-brand Honor is expected to launch the OS on a Smart TV and the OS will be first available in China before releasing it to other markets.