Huawei’s VP: Harmony OS Will Be the Fifth Largest Operating System by 2020

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In a recent interview, Huawei’s Senior Vice President of public affairs, Joy Tan, said that Huawei’s Harmony OS code has fewer lines of code and higher security. The previous report by Counterpoint Research also suggests that Huawei’s homemade OS will surpass Linux by the end of 2020 and become the fifth most popular operating system.

Harmony OS Will Be the Fifth Largest Operating System in 2020

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Going further into the interview, Joy Tan said that “Harmony OS is a lightweight, compact operating system with powerful functions. Compared to other operating systems on the market, it has a much smaller number of lines of code and is therefore more secure. Adding that “The purpose of Huawei’s operating system is different from Android and iOS. Developers only need to develop apps once and applications can be flexibly deployed to multiple terminals.”

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She then said “We released a few months ago the Harmony OS. As the firm Counterpoint Research reveals in their report, the Harmony operating system should become more popular than Linux by the end of 2020. Thus becoming the fifth largest operating system for digital devices”.

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Always according to the report from Counterpoint, Huawei’s independent operating system Harmony OS will gain a 2% market share in 2020. While the current OS rankings include: 39% for Android; 35% for Windows; 13.87% for iOS; 5.92% for macOS; and 0.77% for Linux.

For those who aren’t aware, Harmony OS was released in August at the HDC2019. The OS adopts the design concept of “microkernel”, which is different from the “macrokernel” on Android and other systems. A microkernel-based distributed operating system works with various types of hardware; bringing a faster inter-process communication than QNX or Google’s “Fuchsia” microkernel along with real-time resource allocation.


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  1. Tim K A Cheah
    November 30, 2019


    • Greg Tippitt
      November 30, 2019

      Yeah, right, those of us outside the PRC don’t want anyone except the PRC to hear our phone calls and read our text messages, email, and web browsing. Most of all we want the PRC to be able to shut down cell phone service anywhere anytime they want.

    • cacarr
      November 30, 2019

      But with a nice backdoor for the CCP.

    • Vincent Shi
      December 1, 2019

      I’ll be interested if they make it open source and free. Either way, it’ll die in most of the world like Windows Phones but might live on in China and India where Huawei has a lot of power over the market.

  2. magnus gidlund
    November 30, 2019

    Ios is microkernel

  3. Stortebeker
    November 30, 2019

    Android have a modified monolithic linux kernel with specific drivers , and even if android have a “macro kernel” will be faster then a microkernel, so chinese have some fantasy new operating system again , but this will be without drm so no netflix , amazon prime and other services , so will do not get that big, just in china maybe.

  4. Greg Tippitt
    November 30, 2019

    “OPERATIVE SYSTEM” ? Is this a Freudian Slip in that Huawei devices are spying device?

    If the title of this article meant “Operating System” it still does not make much sense, since most buyers of tech want their devices to have a small operating system. Are they going to come out with the “World largest since core CPU” next along with a free backpack to carry a 20 kg phone?

    To users in China / PRC where there is no assumption of privacy from their government, they have nothing really to lose when buying from devices from Huawei that use their closed system software. For users elsewhere in the world who do not trust their governments’ snooping through all parts of their lives, we’re going to be lots less likely to want to buy devices than help governments assign public “social ratings” that indicates the device user’s conformation to state doctrine.

    The real facts are that outside of the PRC, Linux based operating systems used on 99% of supercomputers, 90% of cloud computing, 82 percent of smartphones. Since Apple’s iOS that is based on Linux is combined with other Open Source Linux desktop variants, about 20 percent of desktop and laptop computers use a variant of Linux.

    On a final note, Huawei’s Harmony OS is in fact just another LInux Android-Chrome variant, but it is one without access to the Google PlayStore’s library of software available to consumers elsewhere.

  5. cacarr
    November 30, 2019

    “Huawei’s homemade OS will surpass [GNU/]Linux by the end of 2020 …”

    On handsets? Sure, can see that. On _any_ hardware? Uh, no, no it will not.

    • Vincent Shi
      December 1, 2019

      This is a really confusing article lol. Who the hell says operative system.

  6. leeasgar
    November 30, 2019

    for sure it will take over macOS by 2023 and if they somehow manage to sell mate40 series with harmonyOS it will roll out in the maret like a nokia back when GSM service came