Hey dudes, we need to start living together in Harmony: Huawei puffs up new distributed OS

www.theregister.co.uk | 8/9/2019 | Staff
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Huawei has pulled the sheets off HarmonyOS – a microkernel-based operating system initially aimed at smart TVs, wearables and in-vehicle devices.

Chinese media, meanwhile, claims that Huawei plans on stuffing the OS in a phone due to launch later this year. Anonymous sources told Global Times that the phones will be priced at around $288 for low and medium-end markets and will ship in their millions, along with the Huawei Mate 30 series, in the fourth quarter. There are also reports that part of the OS testing was its interoperability with Android apps.

Huawei - UK - PR - Details - Licensing

Huawei's UK PR was unable to provide any details on licensing or availability.

The OS, also known as Hongmeng, has been compared to Google's Fuchsia – which is also microkernel-based – and promises developers the ability to write once, run anywhere. Stop us if you've heard this one before.

Today - Huawei - Developer - Conference - Songshan

Speaking today at the Huawei Developer Conference in Songshan Lake, China, CEO Richard Yu spoke of a multi-device IDE, multi-language unified compilation, and a distributed architecture kit.

The firm said HarmonyOS would support "both drag-and-drop control and preview-oriented visual programming" and that the multi-device IDE would allow app devs to code once and deploy across multiple devices.

Release - Mention - Phones - Availability - Products

The release avoided any mention of mobile phones, but does tout availability on smartscreen products later this year followed by wearables and car head units over the next three.

In the meantime, Huawei has pledged to win over developers with an open-source foundation and community to deepen relationships with coders.

Development - Environment - ARK - Compiler - Compiler

It promised an integrated development environment and claimed its ARK Compiler "is the first static compiler that can perform on par with Android's virtual machine, enabling developers to compile a broad range of advanced languages into machine code in a single, unified environment".

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Huawei - Harmony - OS - IoT - Devices

For now, says Huawei, Harmony OS is aimed at IoT and other devices, while...
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