Huawei Harmony OS starts in Germany


Now the time has finally come: After the forced abandonment of Google services and the decline of the smartphone division outside of China, Huawei is now trying to restart with its own operating system.

A lot is at stake for Huawei and the choice of words is correspondingly bombastic: Harmony OS is supposed to usher in a new era, bring innovative features, and offer unrivaled performance. At the start in Germany, the Watch 3, the Watch 3 Pro as well as the MatePad 11 and the MatePad 11 Pro are equipped with it.

The operating system has been developed on the basis of the open source variant of Android (AOSP) since 2017, from the beginning with a cross-device orientation from smartphones to smartwatches to smart home and IOT devices. Even if it is an Android fork, this approach marks the main difference to the Android system known from smartphones (and also to iOS). This is a great advantage for developers, as they can easily port their apps across different device classes.

The cross-device approach makes controlling wearables and devices in the smart home child’s play. Huawei describes the following scenario: A film can be projected from the smartphone onto the television with a single swipe of the smart screen symbol. And in order not to disturb the neighbors in the evening, all you need to do is move the headphone icon to transmit the sound directly to the FreeBuds 4.

In addition, apps can be moved back and forth between different devices without having to install them on each individual device: all functions and services are always and everywhere available synchronously on every connected device. A running game can be played on the tablet or television without interruption by swiping. Of course, only if the devices are all running with Harmony OS.

The new system also focuses on privacy and security. Harmony OS classifies user data into categories and protects devices according to levels by setting specific security thresholds for “super devices”. Only devices that meet certain security requirements are allowed to access the data that corresponds to their security level.

In addition, apps can be moved back and forth between different devices without having to install them on each individual device: all functions and services are always and everywhere available synchronously on every connected device. A running game can be played on the tablet or television without interruption by swiping. Of course, only if the devices are all running with Harmony OS.

The new system also focuses on privacy and security. Harmony OS classifies user data into categories and protects devices according to levels by setting specific security thresholds for “super devices”. Only devices that meet certain security requirements are allowed to access the data that corresponds to their security level.

The crux with the apps

So nice, so good. The modern architecture and the beautiful look cannot hide the fact that a basic problem remains: Due to the existing US embargo, the big apps from Silicon Valley are still missing. No Facebook, no Airbnb, no Instagram, no Netflix. It remains to be seen whether Harmony OS will still have a chance in Germany.


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