Harmony OS: All that is known about the new OC from Huawei

Chinese company Huawei enters world leaders in sales of mobile devices. In 2019, the brand is ready to present the world's own Harmony OS operating system.

Develop it Huawei began in 2012. The name of Hongmeng OS or Ark OS, it periodically pop up in the news associated with the Chinese manufacturer, but did not cause much interest in the public. The situation has changed dramatically after the conflict between the US authorities and Huawei. The first made the latest blacklist, which led to the rupture of the relationship between Google and Huawei.

If the conflict was not resolved, then the Chinese manufacturer would be devoid of Android updates for already existing devices and could not further install the most popular mobile operating system into their devices. This led to the fact that Huawei had to urgently mobilize the forces and reveal the world's own brainchild - the Harmony OS operating system.

This happened on August 9 toHuaweiDevelopersConference2019- conferences of the Chinese brand for developers.General Director of Yu Chengdun revealed many details about the operating system, told about the timing of her release and why she received such a name.

What is the name

known for a long time calledHongmengThe operating system shortly before the release was renamedHarmony. Many this was interested in,and in conversation with journalists, representativesHuaweigave an explanation. From ChineseHongmengYou can approximately be translated as "the opening of the Earth". It is not too clear forresidentsof many countries, as the translation is very approximate and does not explain all the features of the title. In addition, the word itself is seriously pronounced in Chinese. For this reason, it was decided to rename the system inHarmony, that is, harmony.Quoting the ownersHuawei, so theyare calculated"bring more peace to the world."This is a beautiful legend,who liked to journalists, Noh there is another look - similar name of the brand hintaet, that their system is better and more thought outthan the main competitor named after the robot.

Release terms

Conflict with US authorities and temporary termination of cooperation with Google forced Huawei seriously to improve the system to a ready-to-release version. For this, the company involved about 4,000 programmers who significantly accelerated the process. It is worth noting that the system was not written in a few months. Its foundation was created in 2012 and all this time was prepared for wearable devices. First of all, it is designed for them today. Nevertheless, representatives of the Company claim that it passed a commercial test on smartphones and can be deployed in every device Huawei in two days.

In other words, in the case of overlaying the Chinese regulations, they will be able to "painlessly" abandon Android in two days. However, at the moment there are no such plans for the company, but still users will be able to see Harmony OS already this year.

By the end of 2019, smart televisions Honor with this OS will appear on sale. In 2020, laptops will appear, Smart Watch and trackers. The last phase is scheduled for 2021 - these are columns and media systems for cars. Attentive readers may notice that the plan does not include smartphones and tablets. Most likely, their transition will happen in the case of a ban on Android or between the first and second phase. There is also official information from the brand that in some regions Huawei Mate 30 will work with Harmony OS.

What is known about Harmony OS

Harmony OS is an open source operating system distributed by free license and compatible with Android applications. According to the head of the company, she is "safer and faster" Android, but at this stage of its implementation does not intend to compete with the latter.

The main feature of the OS is the use of a microker. Unlike android, which has a huge program code and describes all the possibilities of the system, the Chinese system has a "small" core, designed to perform basic functions, and the implementation of other tasks will be assigned to the modules. Thanks to this, the system will become more responsive, but it is much more important and more interesting - it will be able to work equally quickly on the devices with RAM into several megabytes or several gigabytes. If you simplify the above, then different devices, for example, smartphone and Smart column work according to excellent schemes. It makes no sense to make one big OS to manage both devices if you can make it with a common code, but under a specific gadget it will be "sharpened" due to modules. This approach is called distributed architecture and the output means that Harmony OS can be used on the most different technique.

Another interesting feature is the system of deterministic delays. The point is that all tasks will receive the priority of execution. The first will be the tasks that have received higher status. This allows you to speed up application response by almost 26%.

Hongmeng operating system should become more secure. First of all, it was possible to achieve that the root access is not provided for the kernel - external services will not be able to connect to it. The second key to the protection of the OS is the use of formal verification. This is a set of mathematical processes developed for an environment where security is critical. Due to this, the system easier and faster identifies vulnerability and allows you to quickly eliminate them.

Last interesting feature is virtualization. Thanks to it, adapting applications from Android, Linux or UNIX on Harmony OS will be very easy, which means seriously rewriting applications do not have to. According to Huawei, it will be interesting to developers and the deficiency of software, as it was that Windows Mobile will not be here.


Situating all of the above, you can draw conclusions that Harmony OS is a fast and "light" OS for which the amount is not important RAM in the gadget. Thus, Huawei in the future have every chance to occupy a niche of budget and mid-price phones. It is known that for her already there is a private application store, where the developers can easily transfer applications from Android. Harmony OS can work with any smart devices. The first of them will be on sale at the end of this year.

The system is not distinguished by a supercraculent interface, which may seem down for some, but this "victim" is made for the sake of speed. Harmony OS is very reliable and despite the fact that it has an open source code that will be publicly available in 2020, to get root rights users will not be able to.

It is known that Huawei will begin to introduce Harmony OS on its own market, but do not plan to be limited to them. The first smartphone on its own OS will be Huawei Mate 30, which users will be able to see already in 2019.