Today, Chinese manufacturing giant, Huawei, commenced its annual developer conference. We already knew that Huawei has its own OS and we have heard names like HongMeng OS, Ark OS, Oak OS, etc. However, when the company announced the system, it came with the name “Harmony OS”. Speculations did not capture this name and Huawei’s CEO has explained the reason behind the name. Yu Chengdong said
“HongMeng’s meaning in Chinese is something close to “opening the earth”. The closest English word is Genesis which loosely mean “beginning”. It is too difficult to pronounce Hongmeng in Chinese. We named the system Harmony to bring more peace to the world.”
It can now be seen that this open-source platform is the final name for its HongMeng System. After the relaxation of the US ban, many top officials of Huawei claimed that the HongMeng system is not for smartphones. However, at the release conference, this system is for smartphones, smart speakers, computers, smartwatches, wireless earbuds, cars, and tablets. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, spoke on the Harmony OS.
According to Yu Chengdong, this system is the “the first microkernel-based distributed OS for all scenarios,” and it supports RAM sizes ranging from kilobytes to gigabytes. Harmony OS is compatible with HTML5, Linux, and Android apps but it appears that the compatibility still needs some development. Furthermore, Huawei’s CEO believes that HarmonyOS is an alternative to Android on its smartphones. However, the company will still remain with Android for now. According to Yu, “If we cannot use Android in the future, then we can immediately switch to HarmonyOS,”
Yu Chengdong on Harmony OS security
Yu Chengdong said: ‘From the evaluation of the world’s most authoritative security agencies, the external operating system can only reach Level 2 and Level 3. Our system can reach the level of 5 and 5+. This is the highest level of OS security.’