Chinese language smartphone maker Huawei is banned from doing any enterprise with any US firm since 2019. Provided that the corporate has been reduce off from entry to most chip and software program suppliers, Huawei is working by itself HiSilicon model for chips and its HarmonyOS for software program. HarmonyOS, model 2 of which was launched in December 2020, is Huawei’s try at an in-house OS which goals to be a competitor Android and iOS. Huawei claims that its HarmonyOS is totally completely different from Android and iOS neither is it a copy of Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS. Nonetheless, that’s removed from true. In line with a latest lowdown of Huawei’s in-house working system, the software program is actually an Android 10 fork.
In line with a report in ArtsTechnica, who accessed the Huawei working system’s software program growth kits (SDK) and dug deep into the HarmonyOS code, the software program appears precisely like Android with no main modifications. An ArtsTechnica author, who utilized for the HarmonyOS SDK, stated that HarmonyOS is basically the identical factor as Android 10, with simply a few strings modified. After going by a very intrusive two-day background verify (which requires builders to ship a photograph of their passport and bank card as effectively), ArtsTechnica acquired the entry to Huawei’s working system. The report notes that the emulator for Huawei’s HarmonyOS additionally requires builders to run a ‘distant emulator’ and never an emulator that runs regionally on their gadget.
The report says that after going by the painful process of verifying and working the ‘distant emulator’, HarmonyOS feels similar to Android from the get go. “You get your first inkling of HarmonyOS’ Android-ness if you boot up the telephone. Certainly, you are offered with an actual copy of Huawei’s “EMUI” Android pores and skin, however the “About” display now says “HarmonyOS” and has been scrubbed of all mentions of Android,” the report says.
It says that simply trying on the app information display confirms that the telephone runs on Android. Builders additionally see apps like ‘Android Companies Library,’ Android Shared Library,’ ‘com.Android.systemui.overlay,’ and extra for about 10 completely different entities. Even should you take a look at the app information for the ‘HarmonyOS System’ package deal, you may see it makes use of the Android system icon in addition to a label saying ‘Model 10’ on HarmonyOS model 2 (the ‘model 10’ is a reference to Android 10). Even on the ‘Huawei App Gallery,’ you possibly can select from any quantity of ‘system information’ apps, which is able to all determine the smartphone as working on Android 10 Q.
The ArtsTechnica report additionally says that HarmonyOS feels manner too full for a beta model of the software program, and says that Huawei’s engineers have completely copied each single Android 10 characteristic – from gesture navigation, to the permissions system, to the notification panel. Additional, the developer help Huawei appears to have lined up is simply too good to be true. The Huawei App Gallery has apps from Google, Amazon, TikTok, WeChat, Tencent, Weibo, Evernote, and extra. There are additionally 1000’s of app critiques that return a number of years, a lot earlier than Huawei was banned from doing enterprise with American firms.
The ArtsTechnica report says that Huawei’s important contribution to HarmonyOS is similar factor it contributes to its builds of Android in China – change Google Play ecosystem with Huawei options.
What Huawei has executed with HarmonyOS is just like Amazon’s FireOS, which can be an Android fork. Nonetheless, Amazon discloses the truth that its FireOS is constructed over Android. Huawei, alternatively, says that HarmonyOS will not be a copy of Android and is an “all-new” working system, which doesn’t appear to be true in response to the ArtsTechnica lowdown of the working system.