Huawei announces Harmony OS as its potential Android replacement

Huawei has announced Harmony OS as its potential Android replacement. The new platform can run on a wide range of devices including smartphones, TVs, tablets, and even cars.
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11. mrochester

Posts: 978; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

About time there was some competition in this market! Here’s hoping for even more.

13. Diego!

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

I think this is great news. And making it an open source clearly is a brilliant idea. I'm tired of only choosing between Android and iOS. We need something fresh. Kudos Huawei

14. Mikele

Posts: 136; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

It's expected for long a third force smartphone OS after the demise of windows phone. Congrats Huawei and for those who thought Huawei lied about the OS can now covered their faces with HONGMENG OS... Lol

23. Plutonium239

Posts: 1199; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Huawei DID lie about the os, it currently isn't ready to be deployed to replace android.

44. Mikele

Posts: 136; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Yeah future deployment and Huawei would be self-reliant company on their OS Ecosystem

27. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 554; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Huawei said it was faster than IOS then they went back and said it wasn't ever meant to be used for smartphones and wasnt coming out at the end of this year which is something ALOT of Huawei fanboys stated. Now Huawei have done a 180 and they releasing it at the end of the year on a smartphone so they contradicting what they said and also what the Huawei/Chinese fanboys said. Then again it is blind loyalty. Like I said they keep changing the information and all it is doing is confusing potential customers.

43. Mikele

Posts: 136; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

All were business strategies

15. rkoforever90

Posts: 435; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

If they can bring Android apps I'm in.

16. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Well, like I said, Huawei was smart enough to not call it "HongMeng OS" officially :))

17. notfair

Posts: 719; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

competition is always good for consumers. it's time for something new

28. toukale

Posts: 624; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

I doubt this is going to bring anything new to the table. It will most likely be a clone of a clone like we currently have. We've all been stuck in this mobile world using an Apple template and I don't see Huawei as the one who will move us beyond that world. I would love for that to be the case but base on their history I do not have any faith. I don't care for a 3rd OS clone, I want a paradigm shift in the mobile world as a whole.

38. oldskool50

Posts: 1323; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

You mean the Apple template that Apple basically stole from someone else? You should really read this article -https://www.zdnet.com/pictures/proof-that-apples-​main-ipad-and-iphone-interface-has-barely-changed-​in-20-years-gallery/ The UI being used on the iPhone/IPad as examples, existed long before Apple got into the game. The only thing that has changed is the fact, we have color displays vs the older Liquid Crystal Displays that were void of colors. Again, its typical how you keep wanting to giving Apple credit for concepts and ideas that existed long before Apple played this game. All apple and everyone else did, was use the current tools and capabilities avail to them at the time they make a product. You expect as those things improve, so will the results. Just like the Mac and Windows UI's are basically identical to the efforts Xerox did years before. Even Bill gates said, when he visited Xerox PARC, he was not impressed with what he saw, because what Micro-soft was working on at the time, was a far bigger and better thing.

40. oldskool50

Posts: 1323; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

...To add...YES I am aware that Google when they bought Android, Google was goign in the direction of Blackberry, because Blackberry was the popular thing to have in the 90's. Fast forward when Apple showed up with IOS, yes we all know Google scrapped that and started over and 2 years later Android was born. But even though google did copy Apple to a point, Apple still copied someone else first . Neither Apple or Google used one single original idea. Just liek Xerox could have owned the PC market, Apple could have owned the mobile market. But Xerox and Apple were both to shortcite and that is why Microsoft and Google, beat them at their own game. When you consider th e fact Mac OS and IOS have foundation on other ripped off platforms, to give Apple credit for simply using them to improve what we alreayd had, is a bit much. I credit Apple with doing what Nintendo did. They took a market that was already popular, and simply took what existed and made major improvements that help take things to the next evolution. Lot's of companies all created a evolution. Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Xerox, Dell, HP, 3COM, Motorola, Huawei, Samsung, IBM and so many others have all made a considerable contribution to what we have today. Remember, Apple didn't even make their own software. Microsoft got them started, long before Steve Job bought the Nextstep OS and made it Mac OS. Mac OS underpinning came from the software prowness of Microsoft, based on the ideas and concepts worked on by Xerox scientist and engineers. They should get the most credit and then Apple should be credited with using that and waking up this industry

21. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Good luck Huawei. At least you got some balls unlike Sammy who still can’t make a decent OS.

41. oldskool50

Posts: 1323; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

You've never even use the BADA OS have you. Its found on all their TV's. Their Watch OS is far more advanced than Google Watch OS and Apple Watch Os. The problem with Samsung is getting the proper dev support. You have zero idea what you are talking about. Samsung TV's and other appliances that use their software are leagues above anything anyone else has done on the same level. Rememeber, the first Gear Samsung released did run Android. But because it was so limited and slow, Samsung started using their own stuff and after than their watches were considerably better and still are. Show me a watch with a digital rotating bezel. Oh that right, Apple square toy watch can't do that. I don't see any Google wear devices that can do that either. A pure invisible virtual rotating bezel if a leap forward, vs rotating a stupid old school watch button we had on old watches years ago. Samsung Touchwiz skin, brought capabilities and features to phones and tablets that neither IOS or Google even natiuvely support, that only now Google is starting to support natively and Apple can't do at all. Touchwiz allowed multiple apps to be on one screen at the same time. This was something all operating system could do anyways, but Apple and Google strip that stuff out. Now they are both trying to put ti back, because iOS and Android in many case look stale and old compared to what Samsung phones do Every OEM on this planet has made a significant contribution to technology, regardless of which one you like. You should like any new technology regardless of who does it, because every one uses and improves what someone else has done. In the next 5 years, if Apple doesn't do something awesome, they are gonna be a drop in a bucket and Samsung is still gonna be moving forward. Yes lots of OEM's did copy Apple. But none of them showed the real dedication to actually want to beat them at their game. The only company that has is Samsung. Sucks that you can't just accept progress regardless of brand.

53. ScottsoNJ56

Posts: 95; Member since: Oct 01, 2017

Balls to do what?? Talk and boast about something that will never happen? Huawei is laughable

26. Budhainthemood

Posts: 80; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Pass, next, please? :)) Chinese fireworks to please Google and the US government not to ban them from using Android OS:) It's a pathetic copycat try. Like everything from Asia.

30. LiveFaith

Posts: 454; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

You are right @ copycatting in Asia. But it's only "pathetic" to those outside Asia, generally speaking. Copying is not near the taboo in Asia as it is in the West. Again, speaking in generalities.

33. ScottsoNJ56

Posts: 95; Member since: Oct 01, 2017

Just like the last boast from Huawei about their os is 60% faster than android, they don't need android blah blah blah. WHEN they have an os up,running and stable will I believe anything from them

34. JCASS889

Posts: 505; Member since: May 18, 2018

How does one install these android apps? If no play store on their os do I have to sideload in order to update and install every time? Seems like a huge security risk to me.

37. oldskool50

Posts: 1323; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

I really wish the OEM's, Samsung, Intel and others who started work on the BADA project really pushed it through. The only downside is, trying to get devs to support it. But In China, that won't be a problem. And since Shanghai alone has 1.2B+ citizens, Huawei can move fast and simply have all Asian devs for their platform, and they wouldn't need Android and they could easily past Apple and be a direct competitor to Android.

46. ScottsoNJ56

Posts: 95; Member since: Oct 01, 2017

with no Google apps Huawei will never be global. Google doesn't need Huawei but Huawei definitely needs Google. Google is already banned in China along with every other app that might allow a person to show what it's like in China so Google isn't missing much in China. Huawei on the other hand would be lost with no Google apps in the rest of the world.

49. mootu

Posts: 1500; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

I'm looking forward to a OS free of Google. Googles apps suite is just a collection of datamining apps design to monitor your whole life for Googles profits, you may not value your privacy but many of us do and want away from the intrusion of Google.
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