Earlier this year in August, Huawei first lifted the covers off its long-rumored operating system — Harmony OS. At the time, the company showcased the new microkernel-based OS running on an Honor Vision TV, claiming better performance and improved security. At the time, the company also stated that Harmony OS wouldn’t make it to smartphones and tablets from Huawei or Honor and that Android would remain the standard on these devices. It seems like Huawei wants to maintain its stand on that matter as it plans to roll out Harmony OS to more products next year.
According to a recent report from Reuters, a spokesperson from Huawei has revealed that the company plans to roll out Harmony OS to more products in its lineup next year. However, the company still doesn’t have any plans to ship the OS on its phones, tablets, or computers. The company’s plans were first reported by the government-backed Shenzhen Special Zone Daily newspaper. The newspaper cited comments made by Wang Vhenglu, president of the Huawei consumer business group’s software division at a store event held in Shenzhen. Wang reiterated the company’s stance on Harmony OS at the event and noted that Huawei would prefer Android over its own Harmony OS on phones and tablets.
It’s worth noting that Huawei launched Harmony OS as an alternative to Google’s Android following trade restrictions imposed on the company by the United States. The trade restrictions threaten to cut the company’s access to technology made by US firms, which is why it first rolled out Harmony OS. While the company doesn’t plan on shipping the OS on its phones and tablets, Harmony OS is likely to make an appearance on other smart devices like smartwatches, speakers, and other appliances next year.