The Huawei iPad Professional. [credit: Huawei ]
This morning in a livestream, Huawei formally kicked off the launch of Concord OS, its in-house working system and (amongst different issues) its substitute for Android. The corporate introduced a brand new watch, a brand new pill, and a brand new telephone powered by HarmonyOS. The corporate additionally stated it could be updating a large listing of 100 totally different Huawei Android telephone fashions to Concord OS over the following yr.
With at present’s announcement, Huawei seems prefer it has two utterly totally different working methods that it calls “HarmonyOS.” First is the IoT and smartwatch model of HarmonyOS, which is predicated on Huawei’s LiteOS and is open supply. The second model of Concord OS is for telephones and tablets and is a fork of Android and makes use of the Linux kernel (Huawei may be very reluctant to confess this). Having what looks like two completely totally different working methods share the identical model identify results in numerous confusion, and you may make numerous claims concerning the IoT model of HarmonyOS that do not apply to the telephone model.
As an illustration, TechCrunch spoke to Huawei and reported “Huawei denied speculations that HarmonyOS is a spinoff of Android and stated no single line of code is similar to that of Android. A spokesperson for Huawei declined to say whether or not the working system is predicated on Linux, the kernel that powers Android.” This assertion is true of the IoT model however unfaithful of the telephone model. In the meantime, the corporate stated the exact opposite factor to the German web site ComputerBase, which quotes Huawei’s software program president as saying “To ensure our current customers can nonetheless benefit from the experiences that they’re conversant in in our telephones and tablets, Huawei makes use of the open supply code from AOSP in HarmonyOS on the situation of complying with open supply license guidelines and fulfilling associated tasks and obligations.”
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