Huawei P40 will be Huawei’s first smartphone to adopt Harmony OS (Hongmeng OS)

ByTown Kassis 2019-09-09 1538

Harmony OS could reach the market hand in hand with the Huawei P40, the next big flagship that the Chinese company will launch in spring next year. This is what Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's mobile division, said in a media interview with Xataka. It took place within the framework of IFA 2019, after the conference where they have presented their new processors Kirin 990.

Harmony OS  

The context in which he has given us this answer has been when he has been asked what will be the first phone with Harmony OS, so it is almost ruled out that it will be the Mate 30. During the Keynote, Richard Yu did not mention anything about it, but then it got wet after the conference. In it, he has deliberately mentioned the P40 as the mobile that Harmony OS could come with.

"We're associated with Google," explained Richard Yu to press inquiries about the arrival of Harmony OS. "But now the U.S. government has put us in a position where it is impossible to continue using Google Mobile Services in new products in the United States.

Yu has made it clear that Harmony OS is now ready for use on mobile phones, but that they are waiting to see if their situation in the United States changes. Remember, the company is caught in the middle of the U.S.-China trade war, where Trump has banned its companies from doing business with Huawei.

That's why, although all new mobiles are coming out and will continue to be updated with Android up to now, the doubt is in the next releases in which you will not be able to use Google products in Android, which would leave them outside the official app store and many other basic and essential services for the operation of the mobile.

"If we're still prevented from using Google Mobile Services on our phones, then I think we'll consider using our Harmony OS," he said. "So the first product with Harmony OS might be the P40 next spring, maybe next March.

During this interview with the media, the CEO of Huawei also mentioned that they have their own gallery of applications ready, as well as some "Harmony movile services" that would replace those of Google. Come on, your operating system has already lists adapted applications, both basic and others from third parties.

With these statements, not only dates the arrival of the operating system created by Huawei as an alternative to Android, but also puts an end to speculation about what would happen with the Mate 30 that they present in a few days. He is not sure that it will arrive with Android applications, they have not clarified anything about it, but everything seems to indicate that it will arrive with Android.

Harmony OS will be compatible with Android

As we've told you, the idea is that Harmony OS can be adapted to any screen but also to different development methods. It is based on a micro kernel structure, which makes it much more versatile as it does not use a universal kernel for all devices, but smaller cores focused on different areas of the operating system.

In principle, a more compact kernel is achieved that is capable of running on a variety of platforms in an optimal way. This also allows, for example, root permissions not to be granted to external services, as is the case with Android for example. This means that, in principle, more security is offered to the user.

With all that inside, Harmony OS will be able to read and run Android applications. But they also hope to develop the operating system so that in the future it can work with HTML5 applications. At the moment they keep the Android, Linux (LiteOS) and Harmony OS Kernels separate, but hope to replace Linux with Harmony OS in the future.

The company also stated that it is a lightweight operating system capable of operating on devices with reduced performance. For this they have the distributed architecture, which allows developers to make a single application and it is the operating system who decides how to display and run the app on each product.

Harmony OS has a latency engine that prioritizes the execution of each task, thus making the IPC performance more efficient and improving the performance on the device. In other words, it will optimize apps in the best possible way for each type of device we use.

In any case, it's not all said yet, and it all depends now on what the U.S. government ultimately decides on the permissions of local companies to do business with Huawei. There is still a chance that everything will be clear and their mobiles will continue with Google Android, and the Harmony OS will be a secondary backup system.

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