The Chinese smartphone giant Huawei unveiled its ambitious multi-platform HarmonyOS earlier this month.
The new open-source OS is fundamentally different from Google’s Android. Huawei has claimed that it’s also much faster, although, real-world results are yet to be seen.
Talking about the recent developments, the US government has added a 90-day extension to the temporary pass it gave to the company earlier this year.
Anyway, Huawei’s upcoming roadmap doesn’t include a smartphone powered by HarmonyOS. While speaking during a press event, Huawei’s SVP Vincent Yang said that they “want to maintain one standard, one ecosystem.”
It’s already an established fact that Huawei is not planning to use HarmonyOS as an Android alternative but a ‘plan B’ instead if something goes wrong.
It’s being speculated that Huawei’s upcoming flagship, possibly Mate 30, could run Android OS. The company may flaunt several features of its freshly baked software, but probably it’s aware of some ground-level difficulties it needs to address.
The OS could be faster than Android, but there aren’t many reliable apps that potential customers would run on HarmonyOS smartphone. On top of that, stripping off Google services from a smartphone in 2019 has its list of cons.
For that matter, the company is working on building its own app store called AppGallery. Also, Huawei is working on a new mapping service, dubbed Map Kit, to rival Google Maps.
Regarding HarmonyOS devices, we have already seen Honor Vision TV. And so maybe not a smartphone, reports suggest that a Harmony-powered smartwatch is in the company’s pipeline.