In Bid To Reduce Dependence On Android, Huawei Officially Announces Harmony OS

In Bid To Reduce Dependence On Android, Huawei Officially Announces Harmony OSHuawei (Representative Image) (David Becker/Getty Images)

Huawei has finally officially revealed its alternative for Google’s Android, Harmony OS, also known as Hongmeng, reports Engadget. The announcement was publicly made at the company’s Developer Conference by Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu.

The company asserts that the Harmony OS is faster as well as safer than Android. As of now, Huawei primarily intends to use the software for its Internet of Things (IoT) products rather than smartphones.

But if the company gets cut off from the Google ecosystem, as had recently happened when the American tech giant had announced withdrawing its services due to a US government blacklist, it will deploy Harmony OS.

Being a microkernel systerm, Harmony OS has also been compared with Google’s own next generation operating system Fuchsia. Relatively, Android is seen as having inefficiencies due to aspects of it being outdated.

Huawei, which is one of the world’s biggest telecom players and is also heavily involved in the race to implement 5G technology, is essentially safeguarding itself from being left at the mercy of the US government at the future.