Huawei opens Harmony OS to other hardware-makers to rival Android and iOS

From CNET: Huawei said that it would open up its operating system, Harmony OS 2.0, to third-party hardware manufacturers, including rivals, on Thursday. This is part of an effort to bolster its number of users and potentially take market share from Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems.

"The milestone we're marking is that we're supporting Huawei devices from Harmony OS 2.0, but at the same time Harmony OS 2.0 may also be available to other vendors' devices," Wang Chenglu, president of Huawei's consumer business group's software department said at the company's annual developer conference in the Chinese city of Dongguan on Thursday.

"Harmony OS 2.0 will be available to all hardware manufacturers."

The Chinese company also said that a beta version of the operating system will be available across several device categories including smart watches and televisions starting Thursday. It plans to roll out Harmony to phones in December.

Huawei's move is likely aimed to get "wider acceptance" of Harmony OS and then attract more app developers, said Kiranjeet Kaur, a senior analyst at IDC, in an email to CNET.

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