Huawei recently unveiled its own operating system – HarmonyOS. The main question here is to what extent it is Huawei’s “own” system, and to what extent it is simply not the latest, open source Android with an EMUI overlay welded to it. During the presentation, Huawei focused on only one aspect – the new “SuperDevice” function, completely ignoring the basic topics related to the operation of the operating system. So it is not known what is hidden under the skin of the system which is visually 1: 1 Android, it is not known what the update issue will look like (e.g. security) and it is not known what the development of the system will look like (e.g. in the context of large visual changes in Android 12). Therefore, practically nothing of the key features for the evaluation of the system is known, which in itself is very suspicious. It is even more suspicious that people who have an insight into the HarmonyOS interior seem to be Huawei’s propaganda tube.
How about that HarmonyOS and Android compatibility?
Even before the premiere of HarmonyOS, a large portion of information about what is under the guise of the system leaked to the network. Not only HarmonyOS itself ran on Android mechanisms (“Android Services Library”, “Android Shared Library”, “com.Android.systemui.overlay” etc.), but also the Software Development Kit for HarmonyOS provided by the developers was simply the Google Android Studio SDK with a changed name. To say that we are dealing here with a “borrowing” would be a big understatement on this subject.
All this leads to the conclusion that HarmonyOS is Android in disguise, and claims by the creators that it is different can be put between cartoons. The very idea of building such a powerful system from scratch in a year seems unrealistic, so it is not surprising that Huawei decided to take shortcuts. And I wouldn’t have had a problem with that if it weren’t for the company’s marketing, which insists we are dealing with something new and revolutionary. Now it also claims that any similarity to Android is a … makeshift solution?
HarmonyOS pretends to be Android… for users? Seriously?
The Chinese authorities must look very favorably on Huawei. How else can you explain the fact that the HarmonyOS programming course is being launched at the University of Wuhan. Dr. Zhao Xiaogang received a device with HarmonyOS from Huaweia in order to be able to study the system in detail. His statement for the Chinese portal contradicts everything we have learned so far about how HarmonyOS works. The lecturer claims that Huawei deliberately made Harmony similar to Android so that the change was painless for users. In addition, he thinks the similarity is temporary.
At this stage, it can be said that Hongmeng [inna nazwa HarmonyOS] with Android is a makeshift solution. Huawei is working with more than 300 domestic enterprises to bring more native Hongmeng system applications to the market. Over time, as these applications fit better with the system, users will be able to experience how Hongmeng differs from Android, and how much more efficient it is. I think Hongmeng will outperform Android in terms of performance and reliability in the future
I absolutely do not want to undermine the words of a university lecturer here, but someone tell me, how can you call a temporary solution in which all the basic components of the system are part of the solution you want to compete with? I don’t know about you, but for me it means that at this point the whole HarmonyOS is one big stopgap. Besides, I doubt that the Huawei system pretends to be Android for users – I think it pretends it is because it IS Android, and Huawei did not have enough time and resources to do anything with the visual aspect. Finally, I understand that what Dr. Zhao is a departure from the system’s compatibility with Android applications at some stage of development.
So if someone thought that this system would be adopted in Europe, he can stop now.
Source: AntyWeb by antyweb.pl.
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