Huawei is set to release HarmonyOS Next, the latest version of its own operating system. Initially, there were claims that the new version would not support applications made for Android, but this was later denied by the company. The US imposed a ban on Huawei in 2019, which meant that the brand could no longer use Google services under Android. This prompted the development of HarmonyOS as an alternative operating system.
The original HarmonyOS was based on the open-source version of the Android operating system and fully supports applications made for Android. However, there are currently no plans to distribute HarmonyOS outside of China. As a result, Huawei users outside China will continue to use Android-based applications with the EMUI operating system.
HarmonyOS is an operating system developed for the Internet of Everything (IoE) era. It provides a shared language for smart and connected features on different devices. The company has already installed HarmonyOS 4 on more than 100 million devices in a short period of time. Although it was announced at the Huawei Developers Conference 2023, HarmonyOS Next is currently only planned for release in 2024. There is also some confusion about whether Android applications will be supported on Huawei devices, as they will continue to be fully supported on devices sold outside China with EMUI operating system.
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