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Huawei: People who call HarmonyOS an Android skin have little knowledge of software

Since the summer of 2019, reports have been appearing on HarmonyOS, Huawei's new operating system that will run on all kinds of devices in the future, from smartphones to washing machines. Originally it was stated that the technology giant from China is developing a new system in order to remain able to act independently of US sanctions. A few months ago it was finally said that the development should have cost several hundred million US dollars, and that over 80 percent of the features of Android can already be replaced with HarmonyOS.

As shown in a detailed report at the beginning of February, the operating system Android 10, or the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), is suspiciously strong. Wang Chenglu, the head of Huawei's software division, has now commented on these allegations (via Huawei Central). Accordingly, reports of this type only show that people would have little idea about open source software if they claimed that Huawei had just given the open source version of Android 10 a new look.

Wang Chenglu quickly distracts from the code base to emphasize that the difficult part in developing an operating system is not the technology, but the ecosystem. HarmonyOS is to be installed on over 300 million devices this year, and the software will be distributed to smartphones from April.

Despite this statement, it is difficult to see HarmonyOS as a new operating system, because the system is not only visually and functionally extremely reminiscent of EMUI 11 based on Android 10, in the developer settings the current beta even shows itself as "Android 10Q" , while dozens of Android components can be found in the system information. It would be no problem at all to start with the Android Open Source project and develop something of its own from it, but Huawei has simply not been completely honest about HarmonyOS so far.

Hannes Brecher - Senior Tech Writer - 5238 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
I have been writing for various publications in the technology sector since 2009 until I joined the news editorial team at Notebookcheck in 2018. Since then, I have combined my many years of experience in notebooks and smartphones with my lifelong passion for technology to keep our readers informed about new developments in the market. My design background as the art director of an advertising agency also gives me deep insights into the peculiarities of this industry.
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