Huawei’s HarmonyOS NEXT: A Move Towards Software Independence

Huawei is seeking software independence with its HarmonyOS NEXT operating system and will completely abandon Android.

Huawei is building an independent and reliable software ecosystem with HarmonyOS NEXT. According to recent reports, the new platform could completely eliminate Huawei’s dependence on Android.

Huawei may completely abandon Android by the end of 2024. A focus on creating a powerful app ecosystem is one of Huawei’s top goals for developing HarmonyOS NEXT.

HarmonyOS NEXT is expected to be available with the Mate 70 series in late 2024. Huawei unveiled the developer preview version of the operating system in January 2024.

HarmonyOS NEXT is a completely new and independent operating system from previous versions and is not developed on the Linux kernel as before. In fact, this platform uses the proprietary Harmony kernel, which offers better performance and lower power consumption than before.

Huawei’s interim chairman of the board announced at the Analyst Summit 2024 that the company plans to make HarmonyOS available to its customers in global markets.

Huawei sells its smartphones in the global market with the EMUI user interface, but is likely to use HarmonyOS NEXT and proprietary apps on these products. Huawei will initially focus on building a strong app ecosystem for HarmonyOS in China before entering overseas markets.

Most of the developers currently working on the HarmonyOS NEXT app ecosystem are Chinese and have no global presence; therefore, it is unclear how Huawei plans to completely remove Android from its devices and software ecosystem.

According to Nikkei, Huawei is unlikely to completely remove Android support from global versions of its phones. Currently, new Huawei smartwatch and tablet models use HarmonyOS in global markets, but global versions of various Huawei phone models are equipped with the EMUI user interface based on Android. In any case, the path of HarmonyOS in global markets remains uncertain.

Huawei wants to make a fundamental change in software. The company has so far developed over 4,000 apps for HarmonyOS NEXT and plans to use its new operating system on other smart products such as wearables and IoT devices.

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