Harmony is a family of operating systems developed by Huawei. The system was introduced on 9 August 2019, it was described as being a microkernel-based, distributed, and embedded operating system for the Internet of Things devices may be future mobile operating system.
Two years after Huawei was put on the US entity list under the Trump administration and thus lost access to Google services and other trading partners, Harmony OS 2.0 is official. Huawei announced the new operating system in summer 2020 and stated that the first smartphones should be equipped with the OS in 2021.
Harmony OS 2.0 should run on various device categories from MP3 players and smart speakers to smartphones and tablets to cars and the Internet of Things. First, the manufacturer unveiled its first Harmony OS-based smartwatches and tablets for the German market. The new operating system is to land on smartphones like the P40 Pro (test) and other devices via update.
In the course of the product announcements of the Huawei Watch 3 (Pro) and new Matepad models, Huawei revealed the first details about Harmony OS 2.0. In addition, the company makes it clear in a statement available to t3n that Harmony OS will not be developed on the basis of the Android open source project. Instead, it is based on the Open Harmony project. Open Harmony is an open-source project operated by the Open Atom Foundation. However, Huawei cannot do without Android (AOSP) entirely: “To ensure that our existing users can continue to enjoy the experiences they are familiar with our phones and tablets, Huawei is using the AOSP open source code in Harmony OS on condition that the open source license rules are adhered to and the associated responsibilities and obligations are met. With the new operating system Harmony OS 2.0, Huawei has announced the next big step in cutting the cord from Google. This is offered by the OS version, which comes without Google services and is intended to strengthen Huawei’s ecosystem.