James Lu, Product Manager of Huawei recently shared the roadmap of Harmony OS at an event in Jakarta. The Huawei product manager also explained the company’s latest operating system.
According to the roadmap, the Harmony OS will make its mark to the smartwatches and bands, head units, and most importantly, what they call “Innovative PCs” by the end of 2020. It’ll also be able to power other devices such as smart speakers, VR glasses two years down the line.
Huawei’s OS is micro-kernel based, just like Google’s rumored Fuchsia OS. Huawei said that it will allow the company to develop the OS for several devices without compromising with the security. The company confirmed that the OS will be locked, i.e, users won’t have root-level access which the company deems is a security hazard on Linux based OSes like Android. The OS boasts an EAL 5+ certification level.
Huawei started to work on what we now call Harmony OS two years ago, but the escalation of the US-China trade war, which resulted in a complete ban on the Chinese tech giant, paved to the way for faster development in its two years old project.
The company recently showed a demo of Honor Vision TV running Harmony OS.
On the other hand, Huawei clarified that it has no plans to launch a Harmony OS-powered smartphone this year.