Huawei has announced its big plans for HarmonyOS Next, aimed at creating a fully independent operating system without the need for Android apps. Unveiled at its Developer Conference 2023, HarmonyOS Next invites developers to build native apps for the new OS.
HarmonyOS Next looks to move beyond the current HarmonyOS which still uses Android libraries. Huawei phones, tablets, watches, and TVs will be able to communicate seamlessly.
Developers can take advantage of hardware capabilities across devices with more customization and flexibility. But there is a major catch – HarmonyOS Next cannot run Android APK files.
Huawei faces a tough road convincing developers and users to switch to its new app ecosystem. Huawei faces a tough road to convincing developers and users to switch to its new app ecosystem.
The developer preview launched in August 2023, with plans to open access in early 2024. But there is no timeline for an official consumer release.
HarmonyOS Next represents Huawei’s determination to fully cut ties with Android and own its own OS. However, success depends on attracting developers and users.
It’s still Huawei’s hope that HarmonyOS Next’s focus on interconnectivity and collaboration will lead to third-party support and public adoption as well as smooth, reliable interactions.
HarmonyOS Next marks a bold, risky move by Huawei as it pushes for independence from Android. Even with its plans, it faces tough competition from established companies.