This New Operating System Was Built to Take On Android and iOS | Meet HarmonyOS

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Huawei is back and ready to take the world by storm with its new operating system. But don’t call it a comeback just yet. Huawei still needs to go against the two biggest operating systems in the world: Android and iOS.

After many ups and downs for Huawei, the massive tech company has finally announced the company’s first lineup of devices that’ll run HarmonyOS, Huawei’s new operating system.

HarmonyOS is set to compete against two of the biggest mobile operating systems in the world, Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, which, according to Business Insider, currently control 73% and 26% of the mobile market, respectively.

Huawei announced a total of three new devices: Two tablets named MatePad and MatePad Pro and a new smartwatch called Watch 3.

These devices are only available in China, but we don’t know when they will be available worldwide.

Why Is Huawei Making Its Own OS?

In case you weren’t aware, Huawei lost its license to use the Android operating system because of the U.S.-China trade ban that happened back in 2019.

Soon after Google withdrew its Android license, Huawei announced that it was going to start working on its own OS named HarmonyOS.

Although it was announced in 2019 and finally released in 2021, Huawei claimed that the research to create its own operating system started back in 2012.

What Does HarmonyOS Have to Offer?

Officially HarmonyOS 2, is a software update that will also be available for almost 100 Huawei devices. According to Huawei, this operating system is the result of over 300 application partners, 1,000 hardware partners, and half a million developers working together to create this fairly new ecosystem.

HarmonyOS is expected to be in over 300 million devices by the end of this year. Because it’s an open-source OS, Huawei expects that over 100 million devices will be from third-party manufacturers.

Although this is a huge number, it’s nothing compared to iOS and Android’s stats. This year both Apple and Google confirmed that there are over one billion devices for each operating system. Still, Huawei was set to become the largest smartphone manufacturer in 2019 before the trade ban happened, so it’s a possibility that the company will rise again in the upcoming years.

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