Persons are optimistic about having a 3rd smartphone OS available on the market – last week’s poll reveals that 2 in 3 voters assume that Huawei’s new HarmonyOS seems promising. The brand new model of the OS is already within the fingers of over 10 million users and the AppGallery boasts 134,000 apps they’ll select from.
The most typical criticism we heard was that HarmonyOS (a minimum of on smartphones and tablets) is a fork of Android. That appears to be the case, although Huawei claims to have a considerably completely different structure on the within.
We don’t see it as a deal-breaker both approach. In truth, it might have been the one viable choice – these 134,000 apps weren’t written within the few days since HarmonyOS 2.0 launched. Additionally, it will have been virtually unimaginable to port a model new OS to 100 old devices.
An Android fork isn’t glamorous, nevertheless it works – FireOS, Amazon’s Android fork, outlived Home windows Cellphone. And the dearth of apps was a significant ache level for Microsoft’s cell OS. BlackBerry tried so as to add an Android runtime to BBOS, however that had points with compatibility, so it wasn’t a silver bullet.
Now the billion greenback query is what Huawei will do going ahead. Will it stick near Android or begin to diverge HarmonyOS into its personal factor? If it forges its personal path, it’s going to profit from having full management over the platform, as a substitute of getting to make use of Android, which is a center floor between all makers.
For that method to succeed, nonetheless, it’s going to want a stable person base and an Android fork makes for a simple begin. Huawei already has an enormous person base in its dwelling nation, however how shortly it might probably increase to overseas markets is one other billion greenback query (HarmonyOS is already in Europe because of the Huawei Watch 3).