The Chinese company Huawei announced this Wednesday, June 2, 2021 the launch of its home operating system HarmonyOS. It will be available tonight on some smartphones. The deployment will be done gradually until 2022 for the rest of the devices.
200 million smartphones in 2021
It’s no secret that Huawei has been working on its own operating system at least since 2012 and the emergence of the first rumors that it may no longer be authorized to use Google products, including its version of Android. . Under fire from US sanctions, Huawei unveiled HarmonyOS in August 2019.
Huawei hopes to deploy HarmonyOS on 200 million smartphones by the end of the year, Reuters reports. The company also plans to integrate its operating system on 100 million connected devices since this OS is designed to be compatible with both smartphones and connected objects. The first device equipped with this operating system is also an Honor brand smart television (a subsidiary of Huawei positioned at the entry level).
Two smartwatches and three tablets
On the occasion of its conference, Huawei also presented its first smartwatches working with HarmonyOS: the Huawei Watch 3 and Huawei Watch 3 Pro. A trio of new MatePad tablets in three different sizes have also been announced to round out its offering. To highlight the cross-platform features of HarmonyOS, Huawei has shown that it is possible to transfer an application from a smartphone to a tablet with a simple wave of the hand. The rest of the HarmonyOS features presented by Huawei are broadly identical to those offered on Android and iOS.
As for the distribution of its operating system, Huawei follows the same strategy as Google with Android: its OS is open source and can be used with its proprietary applications by other manufacturers for a license. Will brands decide to use this new OS?
Will HarmonyOS succeed in winning?
If Huawei has taken a big step by unveiling its operating system, not sure that this is enough on the European market for lack of a compatible application. Even equipped with this new OS, smartphones remain deprived of many applications from American companies such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Amazon or even Netflix. Essential applications for a large number of European consumers. Especially since other companies like Microsoft with its Windows Phone, Amazon with its Fire Phone or even Blackberry have failed to impose their smartphone operating systems on this market largely dominated by Google (Android) and Apple (iOS).