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Disregarding all of the controversy that the company has generated over the last few months, CE giant Huawei has launched a new microkernel-based, distributed operating system that it claims will no less than ‘revitalise’ the mobile industry and ‘enrich’ the device ecosystem.
Huawei 10Aug2019
In explaining the design rationale for the new HarmonyOS, the company said that it was entering a day and age where people expect a holistic intelligent experience across all devices and scenarios. To that end, HarmonyOS is said to be ‘completely different’ from the current leading operating systems used on Android and iOS devices. It is a microkernel-based, distributed OS designed to deliver a ‘smooth experience’ across all devices in all scenarios.

Huawei added that the launch also breaks new ground for the mobile industry. It noted that traditionally new operating systems have been released alongside new types of devices. Yet Huawei says that as early as ten years ago it envisioned a future where intelligence would seamlessly integrate with all aspects of users’ lives. Thus Huawei said that it began exploring how it might deliver this experience, one it asserts would transcend the boundaries of physical space and span different hardware and platforms.

HarmonyOS will see initial deployment in smart devices like smart watches, smart screens, in-vehicle systems, and smart speakers. Through this implementation Huawei aims to establish an integrated and shared ecosystem across devices, create a secure and reliable runtime environment, and deliver a holistic intelligent experience across every interaction with every device.

The new OS will aim to address underperformance challenges with what a Huawei calls a deterministic latency engine and high-performance inter process communication (IPC). The Deterministic Latency Engine sets task execution priorities and time limits for scheduling in advance. Resources will gravitate toward tasks with higher priorities, reducing the response latency of apps by 25.7%. The microkernel is claimed to be able to make IPC performance up to five times more efficient than existing systems.

HarmonyOS can automatically adapt to different screen layout controls and interactions, and support both drag-and-drop control and preview-oriented visual programming. This says Huawei allows developers to more efficiently build apps that run on multiple devices.

“Our goal is to bring people a truly engaging and diverse experience,” commented Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business group (pictured). “We felt it was important to have an operating system with improved cross-platform capabilities. We needed an OS that supports all scenarios, that can be used across a broad range of devices and platforms, and that can meet consumer demand for low latency and strong security.”