The system, called HarmonyOS, was presented at the developers’ conference in China by Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei. This microkernel-based distributed OS is designed for smart home devices, laptops, smartphones and wearables.
According to the tech news website TNW, the new system will be available for laptops and wearables by 2020, while the first phone based on HarmonyOS might appear by the end of 2019. As cited by TNW, Yu claimed that the new OS will be much more powerful and secure than Android.
Huawei has not yet completely rejected Android, which will still be the prioritized OS for its smartphones. However, if Android somehow becomes unavailable to Huawei users due to the tensions with the U.S., the company will use HarmonyOS as a backup option.
The U.S. authorities restricted American companies from dealing with Huawei and more than 60 of its affiliates in May.
The ban was supported by Google. The company has suspended parts of its business which require the exchange of hardware or software and technical services with Huawei.
CEO and founder of Huawei Ren Zhengfei is expecting a $30 billion decrease in revenue over the next two years due to the restrictions.