4-5,000 people on working to build Harmony, Huawei’s new operating system that works on all your devices and most Android mobile phones. There’s no test data available, but the specifications suggest it outperforms Android.
Harmony is running on the Honor Vision, a 55″ 4K connected TV that Huawei prefers to call a “smart screen.” The features, which look interesting are in the release below.
It can also run on most Android phones and will replace Android if the U.S. problems continue. It’s rumored to be testing widely on mobile phones in China. Ren has said he is ready if the U.S. forces his hand but would prefer to stick with Google.
Android works well with millions of apps. Huawei has put a billion dollars on the table for application developers. WeChat, TikTok, and tens of thousands of applications are already being ported for the Chinese market. It will take time for the Westerners to jump in.
About a third of mobile phones are in China, enough of a base to support an extraordinary ecosystem that will more than match most of the West. However, fear of problems has scared off many western buyers of mobile phones; sales will be down 20M to 50M this year if the boycott continues.
Harmony is almost certainly superior to Android because software has advanced enormously in the decade since Android came out.