HarmonyOS is the alternative operating system for a company Huawei, which was created after the company was banned in the US and lost its Android license.
But the truth is, the OS is not a new alternative but rather a forked version of Android 10, according to To report New from Ars Technica.
HarmonyOS was initially introduced as a completely different operating system from Android and iOS, capable of operating smart home devices, such as the company’s Honor Vision TV, and smartphones.
HarmonyOS 2.0 appears to be a rebrand of EMUI 11, which is Huawei’s custom version of Android 10.
The new operating system depends not only on the EMUI 11 user interface, but also on Android 10 and all its basic components.
The announcement was an optimistic promise that losing access to US companies would not prevent Huawei from innovating, but the practical experience of the beta version highlights some of the disappointing discoveries:
- It requires obtaining Developer access Submit your name, address, email and phone number with a two-day background check to determine if you deserve to try HarmonyOS 2.0 in a remote emulator.
- Obtaining developer access includes sending to Huawei copies of your ID card, driver’s license, or passport, as well as a photo of the front of your bank card.
- You are not running the beta version of the OS in the local emulator via your device, but rather it is broadcast to you via a remote emulator, similar to Google Stadia, through a beta phone in China.
- HarmonyOS appears to be a forked version of Android 10 with the word Android replacing the word Harmony.
HarmonyOS (also known as HongmengOS in China) will likely become the most popular operating system in China.
But the fact that it’s just a rebrand of Huawei’s EMUI 11 With the possibility of slower access to Android updates through the open source Android project is a big hit against using it anywhere else.
It might be a good idea not to offend the US government and satisfy the Chinese authorities, but quick text edits and a haphazard application process do not make the operational system appetizing.