Huawei: Harmony OS is already ready for 70-80% of the Android level
I think if you know Huawei, you probably heard about the problems it faced due to the US sanctions. The Americans accused the Chinese company of a threat to national security and banned it from cooperating with local enterprises, regardless of the direction of its activities. As a result, Huawei lost the ability to produce its own processors, get the source code of security updates for its smartphones in advance, and install Google services on them. It is logical that the total blockade could either destroy Huawei or give it a boost to revive with new forces. So far, everything is going according to the second scenario.
HarmonyOS for smartphones, which Huawei has been preparing for launch for more than a year, is already 70-80% closer to the level of Android development. This was stated by Yu Chengdong, head of the company's consumer sector. According to him, Huawei is preparing for the worst-case scenarios of the conflict with the United States and therefore prefers to develop the operating system in secret. Despite the fact that lately the Chinese quite often talk about HarmonyOS, no one has ever seen a smartphone running an operating system.
HarmonyOS from Huawei
Huawei prefers not to rush, but to think over and work out all possible mechanisms and functions of HarmonyOS as carefully as possible. This is necessary in order to be able to launch your own platform on all smartphones that run on Android today. Given the ever-growing tensions between China and the United States, it is highly likely that Americans will continue to vent their anger at Huawei, only by increasing the blockade. It's good that the Chinese have already worked out the scenario for the distribution of HarmonyOS, which, according to their calculations, will take no more than two days.
Earlier, Chengdong said that HarmonyOS is ready, but Huawei is not launching it due to some agreements with Google. Despite the fact that the top manager of the Chinese company did not particularly dwell on what these agreements were, it was obvious to us at new.cheapdeveloper.com from the very beginning that this was a kind of non-aggression pact. Most likely, the parties agreed that Google, despite the sanctions, does not block its services on old Huawei smartphones, and Huawei does not begin testing HarmonyOS. After all, if the Chinese conduct the necessary tests, they will at any time be able to transfer their devices to the new platform, depriving Google of a fair portion of revenue.
When will HarmonyOS be released
"HarmonyOS is ready for mobile phones, but we are not launching it due to an agreement with Google. After all, we have old mobile phones, and therefore we have to wait," Chengdong said.
On the one hand, the statement about readiness and an 80% result compared to Android is a clear contradiction. But, on the other hand, in his statement, Chengdong did not specify what exactly HarmonyOS is ready for. Therefore, I would suggest that we assume that he meant readiness for testing. After all, without an open beta test, it would be at least reckless to launch the operating system.
However, Huawei will probably not pull the rubber indefinitely. Therefore, it is likely that at the Huawei Developer Conference, which will be held from September 10 to 12, the Chinese will present HarmonyOS 2.0. Its main innovation will be support for smartphones and, obviously, smartwatches. But if the watch is rumored to go on sale almost immediately, then the smartphone will have to wait. Given that the operating system for smartphones is not yet fully ready, it is likely that even closed tests will not begin until the end of this or the beginning of next year.