Second version of Huawei's HarmonyOS announced
The platform was first revealed last year and now the company is ready to take it bigger.
A beta version of the HarmonyOS 2.0 SDK will be available to developers starting September 10. At the moment, it's just meant for TVs, smartwatches, and in-car entertainment systems.
Huawei has also launched the OpenHarmony project, which is kind of like the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). It is open to third-party manufacturers, and this will incentivize more developers to create apps for the ecosystem. Since this is a cross-device platform, the same version of an app will be compatible with various types of hardware.
Huawei also talked about various Harmony OS 2.0 features during the conference such as its adaptive user interface, AI audiovisual for voice recognition, and improved security.
Since Google has cut ties with the company, its phones now come with an open-source version of Android and lack Google Mobile Services. As an alternative, it has introduced Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), under which it currently offers around 96,000 apps.
Honor Vision and Huawei Router AX3 are two of a few devices that currently run Huawei's operating system and its reach is 490 million users at the moment. The company has no plants to replace Android entirely with its own OS following the arrival of HarmonyOS 2.0.