Huawei was working on a new operating system after Trump administration enforced a ban on Huawei and Google announced to ceased its support of Android for the company's smartphones. And now, Huawei has officially announced HarmonyOS, the OS that is supposed to replace its reliance on Android. In China, the software is referred to as Hongmeng. The company says that the OS is based on a microkernel distributed OS, and can be used in everything from smartphones to in-vehicle systems. This will create a shared ecosystem across devices. The OS will be released as an open-source platform to encourage developers to work on it.
Since the US ban on Huawei back in May, the Chinese Govt. has shown its full support to the company and company announced that it is going to work on its own OS, but so far, we aren't sure about its reliability and global acceptance. Huawei plans to launch the new OS on a smartphone first before expanding it to other devices like wearables over the next three years. The first devices that will be getting HarmonyOS are expected to be unveiled on Saturday. The focus of this os is the Chinese market at first before Huawei expands it to other markets.
n a statement, the CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, Richard Yu, says that HarmonyOS is "completely different from Android and iOS" because of its ability to scale across different kinds of devices. "You can develop your apps once, then flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices," the CEO says. Although the OS has the ability to power more devices, in a follow-up press release, Huawei said that for the time being, they are going to use it only on the upcoming smartphones. It will continue using Android on its existing phones. Whether it can continue to do so is another matter. In a press conference following the launch, Yu said that the situation was "unclear" as to whether Huawei can still use Android, and that the company is "waiting on an update" to find out.
Samsung has usually unveiled the new Galaxy Note devices at the IFA trade show during the autumn season but it has become quite a practice for rumor mongers to spread the word that this year the device will be available sooner. This speculation is repeated at the beginning of every year when the new Galaxy S variants are speculated to reach public early and then after couple of months same goes for the next Galaxy Note device. Exactly the same thing is happening in case of the prediction coming out of Korea - "the Galaxy Note 6 will be in the market around July of this year along with Android N OS".
Android N is supposed to be the next important update for Google's open-source mobile OS and although a developer edition has been rolled out, the update doesn't have an official stamp till now. Google has already informed that device makers will get access to Android N this summer so the Korean giant will need to work super fast to get the firmware's support for the Galaxy Note 6. This is crucial for Samsung, if they are interested in releasing the flagship device with the latest Android flavor. Taking into consideration Samsung's slowness with respect to updates, this seems farfetched.