Huawei at its own conference Developers Conference 2019 introduced the Harmony OS operating system, which will work on a variety of devices, from smartphones to conventional sensors.
The company said that the operating system will use a secure execution environment (Trusted Execution Environment). Applications written for a specific type of device running on this system will adapt to other devices using Harmony OS.
The peculiarity of the system is that the system will use separate modules for each device – the company believes that it makes no sense to make one cumbersome OS for everything, since all devices have different application scenarios.
The name Harmony OS was chosen because the system should bring more harmony to the world. Like the Android OS, it will be distributed under an open license. In 2019, only smart TVs will support the system, since 2020 – smart watches and laptops, in 2021 – car media systems and smart speakers.
In May 2019, the US Department of Commerce put Huawei on the black list, banning US companies from working with it. After that, some contractors, including Google and ARM , began to publicly break off relations with the corporation. On June 22, Huawei announced three new smartphones, despite the sanctions. The company did not disclose the start dates for their sales in countries other than China and did not tell whether they will work on Android.