Huawei Attracted 1,500 Russians To Develop An Alternative To Android
Huawei has connected about one and a half thousand Russian engineers to the development of its own operating system — HarmonyOS. Designed for a wide range of devices, from smartphones and smartwatches to connected sensors and even car systems, this platform could eventually replace Android on Huawei products entirely.
Huawei's Russian research team is busy refining both Harmony OS itself and related applications. The project involves approximately 1,500 engineers from different cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, and Novosibirsk.
As the Chinese edition of Global Times notes, the Russian division is in close contact with Huawei's development partners to help HarmonyOS become "more compatible with the Huawei mobile ecosystem."
Harmony OS (in China, Hong Meng) was introduced in August 2019 as a more "fast and secure" operating system than Android. Describing the development, the head of Huawei's consumer business, Richard Yu, stated that HarmonyOS is more reliable than its analogs, since its microkernel is protected from external services, distributes resources more efficiently, and generally works faster — unlike Android, which "inherited" a large amount of outdated code.
Huawei has been developing HarmonyOS for several years. However, the company was forced to step up the development of the project last year, when due to the sanctions of the US authorities, it lost the opportunity to cooperate with American companies. In August this year, a temporary license that gave the Chinese firm the right to receive Android security updates directly from Google expired.
At the presentation on September 10, Huawei showed a major update to HarmonyOS, promising to release a beta version of the OS for smartphones by the end of the year. Richard Yu hinted that the first models with HarmonyOS might be released in 2021.