When it comes to smartphone operating systems, Android is the big name on campus, with around 87% of all smartphones running Google’s operating system, according to statistics from 2019. However, Android may be. being about to face its biggest threat yet, and we’re not talking about iOS.
HarmonyOS, Huawei’s home operating system and rival Android, might not only work on Huawei phones, but apparently on handsets from Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and more, which are also Androiders.
This comes from a leaker on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, who wrote about HarmonyOS “some mobile phone makers are also contacting and planning to adapt.” [the OS for their devices]. Following this, MyFixGuide cited a separate source which named Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Meizu as the brands in question.
Reading between the lines, it looks like the phone brands listed are just considering HarmonyOS and keeping their options open – that doesn’t confirm they’re ditching Android for Huawei’s brand new alternative. But this news gives HarmonyOS much needed legitimacy.
What is HarmonyOS?
In 2019, the Huawei ban began: Due to a trade war between the United States and China associated with national security concerns, Huawei stopped being able to use all Google apps on its future Android phones, including the Google Play Store, Gmail, Maps and more. Some time later, the brand unveiled HarmonyOS, its own operating system.
Communication around HarmonyOS has been confusing and the operating system is not yet available on any smartphone, although a rollout to some modern Huawei phones is expected, including the Huawei P40 and Mate 40 Pro. Some insiders believe the upcoming Huawei P50 will be the first preinstalled phone.
It’s also worth pointing out that some Huawei gadgets on sale in China are already using HarmonyOS, as the operating system is supposed to work on many different devices, not just smartphones.
Since it’s not widely used (or even commercially available on phones), HarmonyOS is still a big question mark, and we don’t know if it will really compete with Android and iOS or if it will quickly become. dead in the water.
However, the fact that Xiaomi and Oppo are apparently considering HarmonyOS is a big vote of confidence, especially from two of the world’s biggest phone makers.
The future of Android
At the moment, there doesn’t seem to be much threat to Android’s market dominance – Huawei’s HarmonyOS is still not proven, as we said, and it will take years for it to come. finds its rhythm in all cases.
That doesn’t mean Google shouldn’t take note, because if a company can compete with the juggernaut that is Android, it’s the almighty Huawei. They have the money and the brand recognition for HarmonyOS to give Android a run for its money.
The openness that made Android popular could also be its downfall – updates to new versions of the operating system are often incredibly delayed, as Google has to design each new iteration, before putting it in the hands of the phone brands. so that they can adapt it to all their devices.
If Huawei designed HarmonyOS with its own phones in mind, updates could be quick and work fine with the hardware in question.
Still, this is only speculation for now, and we’ll have to see what the future holds to be sure.