There will still be a bit of Android in HarmonyOS
Even if HarmonyOS 2.0 beta is very close to Android, Huawei confirms that the final experience will actually be far from Google’s OS.
Following our article entitled “Huawei HarmonyOS is a copy of Android according to Ars Technica”, Huawei wanted to provide some elements of response in the form of an official reaction.
As a reminder, Huawei has released a preliminary version of HarmonyOS 2.0 for developers. The emulator even allows the OS to be run, which made it possible to realize that Huawei’s new OS is very similar to Android on many points.
According to these observations, it even seems that Huawei has forked Android. For information, Android being an open-source software distributed under the Apache license, it is possible to download its source code (AOSP, Android Open Source Project) and make any changes you want. An astonishing observation, because it differed from what Huawei had officially stated that his OS would be different from Android and iOS.
A BRAND NEW INTERFACE WILL BE PRESENTED THIS YEAR
In the official reaction we received this morning, Huawei confirms that HarmonyOS uses many third-party royalty-free resources, including Linux, to accelerate the development of a complete architecture. Android would therefore also be a resource used in the same way as Linux, yet Huawei does not cite the mobile OS in its statement – but never denies the similarities between its operating system and Google’s OS.
We also learn that the future HarmonyOS smartphones to be announced later this year will have a brand new interface. This interface will move away from the EMUI 11 interface that equips Huawei’s current Android smartphones. Nevertheless, the Chinese group admits that the beta version remains close to its current software interface.
Here’s the full Huawei reaction:
Based on Huawei’s distributed technology, HarmonyOS is a brand new operating system specifically designed to meet the new needs of a future where various connected objects will be massively interconnected. This operating system can be deployed on-demand on a wide variety of devices and adapt with great flexibility to different software and application resources.
While ensuring strict compliance with all rules applicable to royalty-free resources, HarmonyOS takes advantage of a large number of third-party royalty-free resources, including Linux, to accelerate the development of a complete architecture.
Although some elements of the EMUI 11 user interface are kept in the beta version currently offered to developers, HarmonyOS will be released with a brand new user interface at the same time as the next Huawei smartphones. The beta development program is still ongoing and we welcome feedback from the developers and partners who are working alongside us to bring our “All Scenarios” vision to life.
It’s hard to get all the confirmation we’d like to have. However, it seems that Huawei is moving towards an operating system that will work with elements of Android. Not surprisingly, this will make life easier for millions of users and developers.