Huawei will bring Harmony OS to its devices next month. A video shows the most important updates to the operating system.
Although the Harmony OS developed in-house is still in its beta testing phase, a video has surfaced on the Chinese social network Weibo. In it, the most important improvements to the OS are revealed.
The most noticeable change is the new control center. That too is very similar to the fast settings of Apple’s iOS. Earlier it also became abundantly clear where Huawei got the mustard. The home screen and apps folders are inspired by Apple’s design. Swiping down from the top left corner gives Huawei access to a search function, while a downward swipe in the middle brings up app notifications.
The device in the demonstration video is the Huawei Mate 40 Pro. The apps seem to open very quickly in Harmony OS, compared to Android devices. It should be mentioned that the operating system only works with Huawei’s own apps for the time being. Whether the OS also works so quickly with third-party apps remains to be seen.
Alternative to Android
Harmony OS was announced in August 2019 as “a faster and more secure alternative” to Android. Moreover, it would be a lot easier for Huawei to coordinate the operating system and the hardware. Harmony OS is not yet a complete replacement for Android. The Chinese are fighting a battle in the trade war with the US.
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