Huawei's HarmonyOS could be sold by other manufacturers
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(Pocket Ribbon) – Huawei is expected to pull its own operating system out of beta soon and could be seen as a viable alternative to Android in China.
Indeed, a report claims that HarmonyOS (AKA Hongmeng) is being looked into by other phone manufacturers in China for possible adoption.
Oppo, Xiaomi, Vivo and Meizu would each have been in touch with Huawei about the potential for HarmonyOS on their respective smartphones.
The key to wider choice, apparently, is Huawei's willingness to expand its software to support chipsets other than its own Kirin system.
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This makes sense, since the current beta version – HarmonyOS 2.0 – is based on the Android Open Source Platform. Testers have said it feels like Android itself, with a skin on it.
This could certainly allow for an easier migration to other hardware.
It is certainly in Huawei's interest to install HarmonyOS on as many devices as possible. It has already made strides to ensure that it is used in technology other than phones, enhancing its more generic nature.
Now it was able to spread its use further and more widely through third parties. That would definitely make Google sweat.
Written by Rik Henderson.