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Huawei's Android killer or just a similar operating system?
In August 2019, Huawei introduced to the public its own operating system called HarmonyOS. Rumors about it had been around for a long time, but who could have expected that the manufacturer would show it so soon. After all, earlier, representatives of Huawei said that their operating system would not be aimed at commercial use. Nevertheless, HarmonyOS is presented. What do we know about the system and can it compete on equal terms with Android?
The new operating system, unlike Android, is not based on the Linux kernel. Instead, the company has developed its own core, the program code of which, according to the developers, is a thousand times smaller. And this, accordingly, should make the system more flexible and easy to integrate it into different devices. In a sense, HarmonyOS can be compared to FuchsiaOS.
It may seem unusual that Huawei initially plans to release its operating system for smart home devices only. After that, HarmonyOS will get to smartphones, tablets, televisions and even computers. It is planned that the version for smartphones will be released in 2022. It is likely that in addition to its own system core, Huawei plans to launch its own app store which takes time and financial investment.
Thanks to the Deterministic Latency Engine technology, the system can not only perform several processes simultaneously, but also to analyze and even forsee the load on the hardware. Thus, the system itself will distribute this load to ensure faster and smoother operation. It is supposed that, the speed of the devices will increase by 25%.
Android has never been famous for its serious level of security. And in some devices, you can get root rights and make changes to the OS itself by a few tapas on the screen. In HarmonyOS, there will be no concept of root rights at all. It will not only prevent impairment of work of the smartphone due to user negligence, but also improve the level of protection against external attacks and malware.
Perhaps this is the main issue that the fans of the company are concerned about. And yes, despite using a different core, the developers claim that HarmonyOS will fully support regular Android applications. However, it is not yet clear how the installation will be performed. After all, access to Google Play on smartphones “out of the box” is likely to be gone. And here there are several scenarios
The system will have a preinstalled application for quick installation of Google services, as many Chinese manufacturers are doing now
The system will have a puawei still implements its own application store, from where the program can be downloaded and installed as in Google Play.reinstalled application for quick installation of Google services, as many Chinese manufacturers are doing now
Installation will be performed by downloading the APK-file with subsequent installation