HarmonyOS Might Outrun Android And iOS In Years


When the US gov put Huawei on the list of sanctioned firms, we were among the firsts to say that this wouldn’t kill the Chinese brand but make it stronger. We meant that hard times would make Huawei find ways for a faster development. Now, we see that it works hard, and in the near future, it might exceed the top tech firms on the globe. If development of chips goes slower, everything looks bright for software. HarmonyOS is the world’s third-largest mobile ecosystem. We even think nothing will prevent Huawei from ranking higher.

HarmonyOS Is Growing Swiftly

In the beginning, HarmonyOS was Huawei’s operating system. A special team was working on it. But this is not a road to progress. So they decided to make this OS open source. In other words, anyone can work on the code and make it better. This is also true for manufacturer that design and produce smart home appliances and products in other categories.


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Since 2020, the Open Atom Foundation is responsible for growth of HarmonyOS (OpenHarmony). Its goal is to build a framework and platform for smart terminal device operating systems based on an open-source approach for the smart era. As the foundation executive said, OpenHarmony is “a digital base for operating systems for thousands of industries.”

As of November 4, 2022, the number of Huawei devices running HarmonyOS reached 320 million. It’s an increase of 113% over the same period in 2021. Also, smart home products with this OS onboard shipped over 250 million units. It’s an increase of 212% over the same period in 2021.

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As a reference, Android reached the 300 million mark in 2011. Thus, it took 3 years to reach such results. The first HarmonyOS product – the Honor Vision smart TV – was launched in 2019. So it turns out HarmonyOS is developing much faster.  So it should rank higher soon.

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  1. February 18, 2023

    One thing is the OS itself, the second is a third-party applications offering… when the second thing will be on 99% done, they won!

  2. March 3, 2023

    where’s the information (and source code) of the so-called MICROKERNEL used in HarmonyOS?