HarmonyOS is Huawei's new distributed operating system

HarmonyOS is Huawei's new distributed operating system
Published: 10 August 2019 - 11:25 a.m.

At the Huawei Developer Conference, Huawei launched HarmonyOS, a new microkernel-based, distributed operating system designed to deliver a cohesive user experience across all devices and scenarios.

HarmonyOS is a lightweight, compact operating system with powerful functionality. It will first be used for 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, creating a secure and reliable runtime environment. Furthermore, this will deliver a holistic intelligent experience across every interaction with every device.

HarmonyOS was designed with four distinct technical features to deliver on its promise to consumers:

  • The operating system is seamless across devices. It offers a shared communications platform, distributed data management, task scheduling and virtual peripherals. Therefore, app developers will not have to deal with the underlying technology for distributed apps, allowing them to focus on their own individual service logic.
  • By using a Deterministic Latency engine and high-performance Inter Process Communication (IPC), HarmonyOS will address underperformance challenges to deliver a smooth experience. Resources will gravitate toward tasks with higher priorities, reducing the response latency of apps by 25.7 per cent.
  • Using a brand-new microkernel design enhances security and trustworthiness from the ground up. The microkernel simplifies kernel functions allowing it to be implemented in as many system services as possible.
  • Its multi-device IDE allows apps to be developed once and deployed across multiple devices.

HarmonyOS will bring incredible new benefits to consumers, equipment vendors and developers. For consumers, it will bring a cohesive and powerful intelligent experience all aspects of their lives. "We believe HarmonyOS will revitalize the industry and enrich the ecosystem," said Richard Yu.

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