Huawei’s Harmony OS now runs on smartphones (who needs Android?)

Over the previous few years, Huawei has risen to develop into one of many world’s prime smartphone makers when it comes to market share. However the Chinese language electronics firm faces one thing of an existential risk as a consequence of US commerce restrictions which block {hardware} and software program corporations from working with Huawei.

So the corporate is lowering its reliance on outdoors companions. Amongst different issues, which means creating an alternative choice to Google’s Android working system.

Final summer time Huawei launched a brand new working system known as Concord OS. At launch, it solely ran on sensible TVs, however the firm mentioned that it could start delivery telephones powered by Concord OS in 2021. Now Huawei is one step nearer to doing that – the corporate has launched Concord OS 2.0 beta, the primary model of the working system to assist telephones.

Thus far Concord OS works with a handful of current Huawei gadgets together with the Huawei P40 and Mate 30 collection smartphones and the Huawei MatePad Professional pill. These are all gadgets that originally shipped with Android, however customers can signal as much as obtain an over-the-air replace that can exchange Google’s working system with Huawei’s.

There’s additionally an emulator included in Huawei’s developer instruments.

As soon as the replace is put in… your gadget won’t look all that totally different. Huawei has been utilizing a customized Android interface known as EMUI for years, so the corporate used the identical feel and look when designing Concord OS for telephones.

One other factor that’s the identical? Concord OS helps Android apps, which implies customers will be capable to set up lots of the cell apps they’re already used to utilizing. You simply gained’t be capable to obtain them from the Google Play Retailer – Huawei hasn’t been in a position to set up the Play Retailer or different closed-source Google apps together with Chrome, YouTube, and Google Maps on current telephones that did ship with Android. Loading the Google Play on non-Android telephones looks like a non-starter.

As a substitute, you possibly can set up third-party apps Android downloaded from Huawei’s personal app retailer or different areas. And Huawei is encouraging builders to port their apps to run natively on Concord OS with a developer competitors with tons of of 1000’s of {dollars} price of rewards.

Whereas the massive information is assist for telephones, Huawei is positioning Concord OS as software program that may energy all the things from telephones and tablets to in-car programs, wearables, televisions, sensible home equipment, and different devices. So an enormous a part of the working system is its potential to run the identical apps in numerous views for gadgets with totally different display sizes, shapes, and use case eventualities, as demonstrated on this brief animation:

by way of GSM Area and xda-developers


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