Huawei launches its competitor to Android - Harmony OS

backstreetboy

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As much as I hope that this becomes a viable alternative, I can't see myself wanting to switch to it anytime soon. Google has a big ecosystem that I use daily.
I'm thinking about moving away from Google. Already using Windscribe VPN and Bitwarden and trying out Firefox again with Firefox Preview on mobile. Might replace Gmail with Tutanota and take it from there.
 

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I'm thinking about moving away from Google. Already using Windscribe VPN and Bitwarden and trying out Firefox again with Firefox Preview on mobile. Might replace Gmail with Tutanota and take it from there.
Hard for me to replace maps, youtube, search, android auto, android tv, Google photos etc.
 

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Yeah, I'd rather stick to Android.

Rather the Western devil you know, than the more communist Eastern devil you don't.

The partial Chinese government ownership of Huawei should be concerning.
I've been a long time critic of US surveillance policies/activities on this forum from pre-snowden days and was even called a conspiracy nutter for it,but yes by all means if anybody is gonna be spying on me I'd rather it be the Americans.

The Americans still have to try to pretend they're not doing it or that they're being fair as they are held to account by their people,the Chinese government on the other hand does what it wants when it wants and nobody not even their own people dare question it!
 

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My first priority in choosing a cellphone is Google Android then manufacturer....I took Huawei of my list when their troubles with Google started while choosing a new device this year....now I know I made the right choice!
 

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They better start marketing WhatsApp for Harmony.

Everything else is irrelevant.
 

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If Android apps are compatible with Harmony what would the point be?
How do Harmony users get the apps? Play Store requires GMS, which is closed and proprietary. Harmony won't have GMS, I suspect.
 

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How do Harmony users get the apps? Play Store requires GMS, which is closed and proprietary. Harmony won't have GMS, I suspect.
There are already alternative app stores, even Huawei have their own called App Gallery iirc.
 

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HarmonyOS – Four distinct technical features

An all-scenario, intelligent experience sets a high bar for connectivity, so HarmonyOS was designed with four distinct technical features to deliver on its promise to consumers.

1. Seamless: First-ever device OS with distributed architecture, delivering a seamless experience across devices

By adopting distributed architecture and distributed virtual bus technology, HarmonyOS offers a shared communications platform, distributed data management, distributed task scheduling, and virtual peripherals. With HarmonyOS, app developers won't have to deal with the underlying technology for distributed apps, allowing them to focus on their own individual service logic. Developing distributed apps will be easier than ever before. Apps built on HarmonyOS can run on different devices while delivering a seamless, collaborative experience across all scenarios.

2. Smooth: Deterministic Latency Engine and high-performance IPC

HarmonyOS will address underperformance challenges with a Deterministic Latency Engine and high-performance Inter Process Communication (IPC). The Deterministic Latency Engine sets task execution priorities and time limits for scheduling in advance. Resources will gravitate toward tasks with higher priorities, reducing the response latency of apps by 25.7%. The microkernel can make IPC performance up to five times more efficient than existing systems.

3. Secure: Microkernel architecture that reshapes security and trustworthiness from the ground up

HarmonyOS uses a brand-new microkernel design that features enhanced security and low latency. This microkernel was designed to simplify kernel functions, implement as many system services as possible in user mode outside the kernel, and add mutual security protection. The microkernel itself provides only the most basic services like thread scheduling and IPC.

Harmony OS's microkernel design uses formal verification methods to reshape security and trustworthiness from the ground up in a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). Formal verification methods are an effective mathematical approach to validate system correctness from the source, while traditional verification methods, such as functional verification and attack simulation, are confined to limited scenarios. Formal methods, by contrast, can use data models to verify all software running paths.

HarmonyOS is the first OS to use formal verification in device TEE, significantly improving security. In addition, because the HarmonyOS microkernel has much less code (roughly one-thousandth the amount of the Linux kernel), the probability of attack is greatly reduced.

4. Unified: Multi-device IDE allows apps to be developed once and deployed across multiple devices

Powered by a multi-device IDE, multi-language unified compilation, and a distributed architecture kit, HarmonyOS can automatically adapt to different screen layout controls and interactions, and support both drag-and-drop control and preview-oriented visual programming. This allows developers to more efficiently build apps that run on multiple devices. With a multi-device IDE, developers can code their apps once and deploy them across multiple devices, creating a tightly integrated ecosystem across all user devices.

The HUAWEI ARK Compiler is the first static compiler that can perform on par with Android's virtual machine, enabling developers to compile a broad range of advanced languages into machine code in a single, unified environment. By supporting unified compilation in multiple languages, the HUAWEI ARK Compiler will help developers greatly improve their productivity.

Developer plan and ecosystem development

At today's conference, Huawei also announced the evolution roadmap for HarmonyOS and its kernel. HarmonyOS 1.0 will be first adopted in its 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 your car.

The success of HarmonyOS will depend on a dynamic ecosystem of apps and developers. To encourage broader adoption, Huawei will release HarmonyOS as an open-source platform, worldwide. Huawei will also establish an open-source foundation and an open-source community to support more in-depth collaboration with developers.

China is home to a strong app ecosystem and a massive user base. Moving forward, Huawei will lay the foundations for HarmonyOS in the Chinese market, and then expand it further to the global ecosystem. With a focus on providing new and unique value, Huawei will open up and share its core capabilities in areas like connectivity, cameras, and AI. It will work closely with ecosystem partners to deliver apps and services that provide consumers with the best possible experience and bring new life to the industry.

HarmonyOS will bring incredible new benefits to consumers, equipment vendors, and developers. For consumers, it will bring a cohesive and powerful intelligent experience across all aspects of their lives. For equipment vendors, it will help them gain a first-mover advantage in the age of holistic intelligent experience, where 5G, AI, and IoT will see explosive growth. At the same time, HarmonyOS will enable developers to win over more users with less investment, and rapidly innovate services across all scenarios.

"We believe HarmonyOS will revitalize the industry and enrich the ecosystem," said Richard Yu. "Our goal is to bring people a truly engaging and diverse experience. We want to invite developers from around the world to join us as we build out this new ecosystem. Together, we will deliver an intelligent experience for consumers in all scenarios."
I still want to know how 2. actually works, if something can give a 27.5% boost, you can be sure that Google would have already explored that path.
 

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There are already alternative app stores, even Huawei have their own called App Gallery iirc.
Yep. That's true. Even Amazon had their own, for a while.

As I said earlier, it'll be interesting to see how Google and Facebook react. Google is really interested in protecting GMS, so will they allow the same apps to publish on Play Store and elsewhere? It's not beyond the bounds of probability that they'll cite security and API protection to shut out 'strategic' Android apps like WhatsApp not loaded from Play Store...
 

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If Android apps are compatible with Harmony what would the point be?
People seems to misunderstand that part. It's not native compatibility. With Huawei's Ark compiler, developers can develop once, then deploy to multiple platforms. Something google also seemed to aim for in future.

HarmonyOS won't be on any phone anytime soon, and at least not outside China. The ecosystem will start to focus around iot first where apps like whatsapp/facebook is not that important.
 
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People seems to misunderstand that part. It's not native compatibility. With Huawei's Ark compiler, developers can develop once, then deploy to multiple platforms. Something google also seemed to aim for in future.
That doesn’t seem the way Huawei are describing it. Maybe Mr Yu didn’t understand the process either then.

Android apps will be compatible. “They will all be able to run on our OS in the future,” Yu says.
Yu is saying Android apps will run on the new OS, presumably like Android apps can run on Amazon Fire devices.

HarmonyOS won't be on any phone anytime soon, and at least not outside China. The ecosystem will start to focus around iot first where apps like whatsapp/facebook is not that important.
I’d agree, if anything the whole publicity event is more likely aimed at the US to try and put some pressure (or at least relieve pressure) on the whole blacklisting/ bad entity issue.
 
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