Huawei won't launch a Harmony OS phone, but a smartwatch is on the way

Huawei won't launch a Harmony OS phone, but a smartwatch is on the way
Pushed by US sanctions, Huawei recently unveiled its in-house operating system, Harmony OS. It was developed to run on pretty much everything—from phones and tablets to cars and computers—but the Chinese tech giant is apparently still weary of deploying it on a smartphone. That is, unless it is forced to do so by a complete Android lockout. Instead, Harmony OS is going to debut on a smartwatch, and perhaps even on a Huawei-branded Smart TV.

"We want to maintain one standard, one ecosystem," Huawei Senior Vice President Vincent Yang said Wednesday at a media event in New York. Yang further added that, when it comes to smartphones, Harmony OS is strictly a Plan B for the company, as per CNET.

This week, the US Commerce Department extended a general license that allows Huawei to continue doing business with US companies, if only temporary. However, if the company is locked out of Android and key Google services, like Maps, and the Play Store, Harmony OS is a backup option. Yang also hinted at an upcoming Huawei flagship—likely the Mate 30 Pro—saying that it will run Android.

The new platform, which was previously referred to as Hongmeng OS, is based on microkernel just like Google's Fuchsia OS. Huawei CEO Richard Yu says claims that this allows Harmony OS to be flexible for deployment across a wide range of categories including smart speakers, automobiles, computers, smartwatches, tablets, and, of course, smartphones. To ensure this compatibility, Huawei has ensured the platform can work with RAM sizes ranging from mere kilobytes to hundreds of gigabytes.



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10 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22033; Member since: May 28, 2014

If Huawei were forced to launch Harmony OS smartphone as an Android replacement, with other Chinese OEM’s like Xiamoi, Oppo and Vick on board to use it (as was reported), that would be a detriment to Android, especially if they get the app situation sorted out. Anyway, looking forward to seeing and reading more about the Harmony OS smartwatch.

2. Shubham412302

Posts: 578; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Harmony OS is just a knife at google's throat. You stop supporting our android devices we launch Harmony OS powered PHONE.

3. Mikele

Posts: 152; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Absolutely but it's inevitable for Huawei sooner or later her businesses!!

5. TBomb

Posts: 1481; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Let's see the Chinese marketshare before we start talking doomsday for Android. Losing China would certainly hurt, but it's not the end of the road for Android or iOS if Harmony came to phones. It would certainly hit them (honestly, it would hit both in my opinion), but not enough to ruin either

6. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

What a joke? Who waits till they're disowned by their parents to start catering for themselves? Or, rather, who could afford to buy a house but decided not to until the landlord kicks him out? Y'all be talking like halfwitted geniuses, "You stop supporting our android devices we launch Harmony OS powered PHONE." They don't have to wait for that to happen if they think it won't be onerous and arduous. Heck, Samsung is bigger than Huawei, and they would have done it if they thought it'd be worthwhile and rewarding, even if not easy. Coming up with a smartphone OS is not unachievable, but it'd take a lot—and I mean A LOT—to disrupt the android-iOS duopoly. I can't wait to see one succeed!

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22033; Member since: May 28, 2014

What’s with the “halfwitted geniuses” insult over someone having an opinion? That’s the mark of a “halfwitted genius”. And who says that Huawei isn’t testing the waters with their new OS first with a smartwatch and smart TV? That’s the proper way to go, to test it out first, build it’s app library, etc. It’s clear that Huawei is just biding it’s time, and using this build up Harmony OS. It’s also clear that Google doesn’t want to lose Huawei as an Android OEM, as it’s been fighting to allow them to keep using Android. Huawei is the second largest smartphone OEM in the world (unless one counts BBK as whole, then they are third) and with other Chinese OEM’s like Xiamoi, Oppo and Vivo reportedly on board to use Harmony OS, Android would be in trouble. The difference between Tizen and Harmony OS is that Huawei reportedly has others lined up to use it.

8. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

If it makes any difference—which I doubt it'd—I wanted to edit out the "halfwitted" insult, when I realized that I didn't do that earlier, but got timed out. That was really a low. Huawei, as you said, could be testing the waters with the smartwatches and smartTVs, and I've no issue with that. Why would I? Those devices, however, are vastly different from smartphones. Samsung has been implementing Tizen, successfully, in similar lines of products, and even more, for a long time now. They tried on some lowend smartphones, which didn't pan out well. No one ever said that android losing those important Chinese OEMs wouldn't hit Google hard, even though their suites of services are virtually non-existent in China. Outside China, however, I doubt—read, doubt—that they'd be largely affected. Haven said these, I find it funny when I read lines like, ""You stop supporting our android devices we launch Harmony OS powered PHONE." It's one thing to hope and wish for a third viable OS, it's another to gloat over a product that's not even a real thing yet, more or less on the most important line of devices that is smartphone. Harmony OS fanboys should wait for it to debut on smartphones, first, before making such braggadocios statements. If it was in football, we'd call it overhyping a potential.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22033; Member since: May 28, 2014

Huawei could be testing it out on TV’s arms smartwatches first to see if the buying public takes to it because of costs. Samsung also doesn’t have other major smartphone OEM’s (reportedly) that are wiling to co-develop and use Tizen, like Huawei does Harmony OS. That’s the difference. China has a pretty big portion of Android market share. Imagine if it dropped to near zero because Chinese OEM’s decided to go the Harmony OS route. Remember, Chinese OEM’s sell the bulk of their smartphones in China. I do agree that people should chill on the hype until we see what the OS is capable of. But the potential it has, especially in relation to how it can have such a negative affect on Android and become a possible 3rd OS, is intriguing.

4. TBomb

Posts: 1481; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Another week, another story from Huawei about their OS. Maybe next time their story will stick for 2 weeks!

10. ScottsoNJ56

Posts: 109; Member since: Oct 01, 2017

Huawei WON'T launch or Huawei CAN'T launch

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