Huawei releases OS code in push for own ecosystem
Huawei Technologies on Thursday debuted its newest major industry event and, more importantly, announced that it will be making its very own OS source code available to developers in a push to create its own and alternative mobile ecosystem.
The Chinese tech giant - in its first-ever Huawei Developer Conference from Guangzhou - said that the second version of its homegrown HarmonyOS will likely be available on devices from early next year.
The announcement comes at a critical time for Huawei, which has been blocked from using the dominant Google platform. Huawei's resources and know-how puts it in a position to be independent and challenge the overall ecosystem, which also includes Apple's iOS.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, said the company is "dedicated to introducing Chinese developers' work to global consumers".
HarmonyOS is already being used in a number of Huawei's products, including wearables, TVs and in-car systems, but not yet on its smartphones. Canalys had reported that Huawei became the top smartphone vendor globally in the second quarter.
As part of the three-day conference, Huawei also introduced a bundle of new products as it continues to push forth with its mission of providing a 'seamless' experience backed by the latest technologies.
"We are trying to bring seamless AI life to all life scenarios," Yu said in his keynote. Leading the launch were new laptops in the MateBook X and MateBook 14, both with improved aesthetics and powerful computing. The former features the first 3K Infinite FullView display.
Four wearables were also introduced, including the Watch GT 2, which features more accurate health tracking; the FreeBuds Pro, with improved noise cancelling; the Watch Fit, the first Huawei smartwatch to support quick workout animations; and the FreeLace Pro, with improved audio and a sturdy design.