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HarmonyOS By Huawei Will Compete With Android

Can Huawei's Harmony operating system topple Google Android?

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HarmonyOS is a new microkernel-based operating system designed to deliver a cohesive user experience. Pixabay

The ongoing US-China trade war has done something good for the deep-pocketed Huawei: Create its own ecosystem where it does not need to look at the US tech giants for powering connected devices.

HarmonyOS — a new microkernel-based, distributed operating system designed to deliver a cohesive user experience across all devices and scenarios — is one such move which may threaten the dominance of market leader Android from Google in the near future.

For the layman, the kernel is the core of an operating system and a microkernel is a toned-down version for better efficiency and low latency.

Today, Android has 76 per cent of the mobile OS market, followed by iOS at 22 per cent.

HarmonyOS is completely different from Android and iOS and supports seamless collaboration across devices.

It will also reduce the response latency of apps by 25.7 per cent, claims Huawei.

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HarmonyOS smartphones will be launching later this year. Pixabay

HarmonyOS uses a brand-new microkernel design that features enhanced security and low latency.

It can automatically adapt to different screen layout controls and interactions, and support both drag-and-drop control and preview-oriented visual programming.

This will allow developers to more efficiently build apps that run on multiple devices.

HarmonyOS 1.0 will be first adopted in Huawei’s smart screen products, which are due to launch later this year.

Over the next three years, HarmonyOS will be optimized and gradually adopted across a broader range of smart devices, including wearables, HUAWEI Vision, and head units for cars.

To encourage broader adoption, Huawei will release HarmonyOS as an open-source platform globally.

According to Patrick Moorhead, ranked top analyst globally and President of Moor Insights & Strategy, with HarmonyOS, the time and investment to port apps will be huge.

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HarmonyOS will be competing with Android. Pixabay

“The hardest part will be linkages to peripherals like cameras, fingerprint readers, microphones, AR sensors, which are all API-based to Android APIs, not Harmony,” Moorhead tweeted.

It will not be easy to sell HarmonyOS globally, especially when smartphones aren’t the initial focus for Huawei.

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“The exception is in Huawei’s home market of China, where the company has enough clout to attract developers. But this is a global company with global ambitions.

“Internationally, HarmonyOS will face the same problems that felled Windows Phone and Tizen and other aspiring Android and iOS alternatives: Without apps, no one buys the devices. If no one owns the devices, developers don’t bother tailoring apps,” said a report on Wired.com.

Google’s Fuchsia which is in the works is also an open-source, microkernel operating system, designed to work across IoT and connected devices. (IANS)

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Sony Releases Android 10 Roadmap for 8 Smartphones: Report

The information regarding company's move was spotted in the latest version of Google's GMS requirements

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Pedestrians walk past an exterior wall of Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, California, Dec. 4, 2014. That year, Sony became the victim of a cyber hack by North Korean operatives from the Lazarus Group. VOA

Japanese electronics-maker Sony has released the list of smartphones that will be updated to Android 10, starting December.

Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 will be the first set of devices to taste the latest iteration of Android, the company said in a statement recently.

Meanwhile, Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, will get the update in early 2020, alongside older devices like the Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact, XZ2 Premium, and XZ3.

Older flagship devices like the Xperia XZ1 were notably excluded from the list.

Android 10 the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, has been available for over 2 months now and is currently available on devices from Google, Essential, OnePlus, Xiaomi and Nokia.

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Samsung, Huawei and LG have also started beta programs for some of their devices.

Additionally, the US-based search giant is making it compulsory for smartphone manufacturers to ship devices with Android 10 after January 31, 2020.

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After the above mentioned date, Google will only approve new devices running the latest Android version, Android 10 and the company will stop approving new devices running Android 9 Pie.

The information regarding company’s move was spotted in the latest version of Google’s GMS requirements. (IANS)