Huawei and HarmonyOS: What’s Huawei’s plan B without Google?

by - – Since the USA imposed trade prohibitions on the Chinese company in May 2019, Huawei has been in hot water. It affects many of the interests of Huawei, including smartphones.

Jeremy Thompson, UK Executive Vice President, commented in an interview with the BBC shortly after May 2019, “We have developed a plan for this potential outcome.” “In order to develop an alternative, a parallel program is in place. If we would like to work with Android, we have an alternative that our customers will enjoy if it does not happen in the future.”

This alternative is called HarmonyOS, an operating system for a multiplatform that was announced in August 2019 during the Huawei Developers Conference.

HarmonyOS of Huawei

  • Launched in 2019, HarmonyOS
  • Announced in August 2020 by HarmonyOS 2.
  • HarmonyOS 2.0 beta is advertised for smartphones Diction 2020
  • HarmonyOS 2.0 made official in June 2021 for tablets and wearables

We began to hear of plan B once the spat with the US appeared. But we didn’t hear about Huawei’s plans the first time, as it was discussed in March 2019. Huawei’s device company’s CEO, Richard Yu, said that there was a plan “B,” but they would prefer to cooperate with partners such as Google and Microsoft — something that the firm still does.

In August 2019, HarmonyOS had been unveiled as a replacement for Android, but it was not. HarmonyOS is being used for IoT and television applications but Huawei confirmed HarmonyOS 2.0 beta for smartwatches and TVs and the beta for smartphones was being released for December 2020 at the Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) 2020.

Huawei used a special launch event to showcase HarmonyOS late in the spring of 2021 and launched its first portable devices running the software, the MatePad Pro and the Huawei Watch 3, which showed the versatility of the system.

HarmonyOS was confirmed by Huawei as HongMengOS in China. Hong MengOS was one of the first names which appeared soon after the American spat, and before the announcement we first found HarmonyOS as a trademark.

What’s HarmonyOS going to run?

  • Platform cross-device
  • Smart home, smart phones, wearables, IoT.
  • Tablets and watches were introduced in 2021

In August 2019 HarmonyOS was formally disclosed on the HDC. It is described as a distributed, microkernel-based operating system for all types of devices.

Huawei said that smartwatches, wearables, in-car headers and intelligent TVs are going to start in the first place. The launch of the HarmonyOS keynote in June 2021 truly brought the latest generation of MatePad Pro tablets and the Huawei Watch 3 Series, both running HarmonyOS. This is a very important development.

On that basis, the HDC 2020 communications and the confirmation that a beta is launching for phones appear to have moved into Huawei’s own dedicated ecosystem at last. So the next phone launch includes nearly certainly a HarmonyOS smartphone. This should be the P50 portfolio.

This software is actually also on existing devices installable.

Indeed, Richard Yu confirmed that an update was available to move from EMUI to HarmonyOS when the Huawei Mate X2 started in February 2021, which made the Huawei alternative smartphone platform much more realistic.”

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said on launch 2019: “We had a system that supported all kinds of scenarios which could be used across a wide range of devices and platforms and that could respond to the consumer demand for low latency and high security.”

At its launch, Huawei said that if “Android cannot be used [it can] switch to HarmonyOS immediately in the future.” Huawei’s return to Google’s entire Android experience now seems very difficult, and although HarmonyOS did not start the Mate X2, the Huawei P50 is likely to be launched on HarmonyOS.

What happens in smartphones on Huawei and what is mobile services on Huawei?

  1. Google Mobile Services lost Huawei access
  2. Ramping up the App Gallery

Instead of completely diving Android, Huawei continues to use the Android open source core on its devices. The Huawei P40 Pro, started in March 2020 and impacted by the prohibition of Huawei devices, is a perfect example. As a result it launched on an Android device without the services Google normally offers.

All of the mobile services – the Play Store, Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube – and other Google apps were included. The US prohibition means that Huawei cannot use Google’s services, which is what customers are missing.

These services are replaced by alternatives by Huawei. For instance, Petal Maps for navigation and travel services, the search tool of the company themselves and a large part of the service work to enlarge its own App Gallery, instead of Huawei mobile services, to replace Play Store. Included are even a Huawei Music subscription service and a cloud-based photo and video gallery.

Huawei does have extensive cloud support for its existing services, and every person who has Huawei ID can access all those services which are synchronized between devices, regardless of whether you are connected from Android phones or new HarmonyOS devices.

Huawei has often said that it could basically switch back to the whole Android experience with a switch shift, but it is clear that Huawei is now committed to its own course, and the latest HarmonyOS advisory strengthens the message.