Huawei unveils HarmonyOS operating system, says it's ready for phones

From CNET: Since being blacklisted in May by US President Donald Trump, Huawei has been rumoured to be working on its own operating system. We've heard that it's called Hongmeng, that it's designed to work across smart devices and power Huawei's phones as an alternative to Google's Android. On Friday Huawei revealed most of that to be true. At its Huawei Developer Conference (HDC), it made its new operating system official: HarmonyOS.

Speaking at HDC, CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group Richard Yu said HarmonyOS is ready to run on phones, but "for the consideration of partnership and ecosystem" Huawei won't be using it on phones just yet. Yu did say, though, that if the company isn't able to use Google's Android operating system, HarmonyOS is ready to go.

Migrating from Android to HarmonyOS, Yu said, would only take a few days. The operating system will support a variety of app languages, including Android, Linux and HTML5. Yu also revealed that HarmonyOS, like Android, will be open source. That means developers can take HarmonyOS and modify it for their hardware, a feature which has formed the foundation of Android's success.

HarmonyOS will first come to smart TVs and other "smart screen" devices later this year, and in the coming years it will migrate to car infotainment systems, wearables and more.

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