No, Harmony OS is not an Android-based OS

Huawei found itself at a crossroads after the United States imposed sanctions on it that prevented it from dealing with most American companies, especially Google, which prevented it from obtaining new licenses to install Google Mobile Services (GMS) on its new phones, forcing it to ship their phones with an Android version without those services, which affected a lot On Huawei’s smartphone sales.

This problem made it before two options: either its waits and hopes that the United States government will permanently cancel those sanctions to resume its cooperation with Google, and obtain new licenses from it for its phones, or to rely on itself and create its operating system to put it in their smartphones in the future, and Huawei seems to have chosen the second option.

But developing an entire operating system from scratch is not this easy, it requires a lot of time and financial resources, and if Huawei has enough money to do so, it will not have enough time to get it done, because by that time this new system will be ready, you will be It is out of competition, and this may happen soon. Its ranking fell to sixth among the most selling smartphone manufacturers in the fourth quarter of last year.

As for competing with the Android system, it is another thing, it is almost impossible, and major companies such as Microsoft have failed with its Windows Phone or Mobile operating system, and Samsung also with its Tizen OS, and many others have also failed to do so.

But Huawei thinks it can do just that by relying on its Harmony System. Harmony is a multi-scenario operating system for all smart devices from TVs to watches and IoT devices, and now Huawei is considering introducing it to smartphones and possibly in the future for computers as well.

The multi-scenario OS, according to Huawei, means that developers need to develop their Harmony OS applications once, and they will run automatically on any Harmony device without any additional modification. Imagine that you have developed a music player for a smart TV running Harmony OS, your app will adapt and work on all other devices that run the operating system from Huawei from smartwatches to smartphones and others without you having to do anything extra! It's really cool.


Last December, Huawei announced the first beta preview of the Harmony OS for mobile phones for developers, and since then everyone has talked about this new system, and people have split into two categories: one that says that Harmony is a revolutionary system that will compete and maybe one day outperform Android, and that competition is a healthy thing and limits the monopoly of Google and Apple in the smartphone market, and There is a group that says and confirms with evidence that Harmony, which Huawei has long overestimated as a completely new operating system and that it has nothing to do with Android or iOS, is ultimately nothing but a version of Android-based on Android Open Source Project (AOSP) with the latest EMUI 11 skin interface from Huawei and some parts of Harmony bundles on top of it, however, who is right and who is wrong?




According to Twitter user Teme 特米 (@ RODENT950) Known for its accurate and correct leaks of Huawei products and future plans, the Harmony system was not initially designed to work in smartphones, so the development of the smartphone version of the system is gradually taking place, and at first, the Harmony system will only be Android system + EMUI 11 interface + Harmony OS parts, and this is the case now, and the current beta version of Harmony is already based on Android, but this will change with the EMUI 11.1 interface expected with the P50 series of phones, where Huawei will replace the Android kernel (Linux) with the Harmony kernel and the first version will be launched. From Harmony OS to the public, and this is quite logical, the P50 series will be released this year, and the first version of Harmony OS is expected to be released this year as well, then at some point in the future, the Harmony OS will be independent of Android, but it will be compatible with it, and it will be Also, with its own interface away from EMUI, access to this final version independent of Android will not be easy as it will take some time, and therefore the final version of Harmony is still far away as it is expected to be released sometime in 2023 or in 2024.


The conclusion is that the final version of Harmony is not a modified Android system and does not depend on it, rather it is a completely independent system as Huawei says, but it is compatible with it, but during its development phase it will remain dependent on Android or parts of it for some time until it is ready.

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