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Harmony OS, Huawei’s weapon to compete with Android?

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Huawei, The Chinese multinational company has been working on this mega project since the US government banned Huawei to trade with companies of the US. An extraordinary operating system named Harmony OS is being developed by Huawei. After the US government ban, Huawei devices can’t run the Android operating system so, they decided to bounce back with their own operating system better than android.

What literally is Harmony OS?

Harmony OS is based on a single kernel, a single application framework, and makes use of the same core services regardless of the hardware. Huawei says Harmony OS constitutes a step above monolithic and hybrid kernel architectures like Linux and Android respectively, by removing the unnecessary code and implementing an even more productive scheduling model based on a realtime “Deterministic Latency Engine” that reallocates resources in real-time. Harmony OS is not just a software it is a distributed operating system. It means this operating system can be operated on different devices such as laptops, smartphones, cars, TVs, etc. So what are the advantages of having a distributed operating system? These devices can communicate with each other easily with low latency.

There are various potential advantages, but the example that Huawei provides is switching between one system and another when using a single app without any downtime. Make a phone call? Why not pop it over to the dash of your car as you drive, or your notebook or television after you get home. Harmony is built from scratch and it is so simple that a single line of code in Harmony OS does the work equal to 100 lines of code in Android. Using its own hardware with its own optimized software, there is no doubt harmony can run better than Android.

Does it run Android apps?

Yes, android apps can be run in Harmony OS.

How developers develop apps in the Harmony ecosystem?

Harmony OS features an IDE, and you can use it to build applications that function with a variety of platforms. Using this Multi-Device IDE, you can deploy your app to different devices. Huawei features a distributed Harmony OS architecture package. This will allow the app to adapt to different screen formats, and the app can also adapt to different types of controls and interactions. Massive thanks to the distributed architecture kit that makes your app support preview-oriented visual programming and drag and drop control. Harmony OS features a single multi-language compiler. You can code your software in a variety of popular languages, including C, C++, Java, JavaScript, and Kotlin

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Some gripping attributes of Harmony Operating System

  • It is a micro kernel based distributed operating system.
  • Huawei will be working to build a virtual ecosystem across devices using HarmonyOS
  • In the future, Huawei will be releasing Harmony OS as an open-source platform. To support the development of this Software, the organization will develop an open-source platform and an open-source community.
  • Huawei says Harmony OS has a stable and trustworthy architecture.
  • The company also claims this operating system would enable developers to build their app once and distribute it across a wide range of devices.
  • Ultimately, developers will be able to use it to build applications for different platforms such as smartphones, smart speakers, wearables, IoT devices, in-vehicle systems, etc.
  • Huawei features a distributed Harmony OS architecture system. This will allow the app to adapt to different screen formats and the app will also be capable of adapting to various types of integration and interactions.

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