As we all know, Huawei has faced huge challenges from US restrictions in recent years. For example, Washington restricted Huawei access to Google software and services in 2019, and this move stroke a deadly blow to the mushroom growth of Huawei smartphones business.
However, after years of R&D, Huawei made a major breakthrough with the successful launch of its HarmonyOS 2 for smartphones, tablets and smart watches on Jun 02. The move marks a crucial step for Huawei, which had prepared for its transition from Google’s Android operating system to HarmonyOS. But, Huawei ambition is more than that, the HarmonyOS is aim to be the ultimate operating system of Internet of Things.
As a next-generation operating system for smart devices, HarmonyOS provides a common language for different kinds of devices to connect and collaborate, providing users with a more convenient, smooth, and secure experience. It uses distributed technology to meet the varied needs of all types of different devices with a single system, enabling flexible deployment as needed. HarmonyOS also combines previously independent devices into a cohesive and holistic Super Device that integrates all hardware and resources to freely leverage the capabilities of its component devices based on the user’s real-time needs. For developers, HarmonyOS allows cross-platform development and cross-device deployment of apps, making the development of apps across devices easier than ever before.
Multi-device interaction with HarmonyOS makes working across multiple devices as simple as controlling one. The new Control Panel supports simple and intuitive connections through a drag-and-integrate feature that allows users to freely connect the devices they want based on specific scenarios.
For example, if you want to watch a movie at home late at night, all you have to do is open up the Control Panel and drag the smart screen icon to your phone icon, and the movie jumps directly from your phone to the TV. If you’re wearing your HUAWEI FreeBuds 4, you can then drag the earphone icon to the phone icon, at which point the movie will play on your smart screen while rerouting its sound through your FreeBuds. This is just one example of the Super Device experience.
In 2020, Huawei consumer business had a poor financial performance due to US restrictions. In the first quarter of 2021, Huawei recorded a sales revenue of 152.2 billion yuan ($23.8 billion), down by 16.5 percent year-on-year.
HarmonyOS is testament to Huawei’s technological prowess and will help it to retain customers to some extent, particularly at a time when it cannot guarantee enough smartphone shipments to attract new consumers.
Today, Apple IOS and Google Android takes more than 90% market share of Smart devices. The success of the system hinges largely on whether it can attract, within a short window of time, enough hardware and software developers to embrace the ecosystem by HarmonyOS.
The good news is that Chinese industries, including home appliances, sports and fitness, travel, entertainment, and education, have welcomed the launch of HarmonyOS. For example, in May, Midea Group, a leading Chinese home appliances maker, announced that it would roll out some 200 new products running on HarmonyOS by the end of this year.
The road ahead is tough, the future is uncertain. But I believe that Huawei HarmonyOS will win its share for innovation and openness, and will be the cornerstone of Huawei business success in the future.
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