Huawei's HarmonyOS will be hardware independent

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  • Friday, 13 Sep 2019

Huawei previewed its upcoming operating system HarmonyOS during a press conference in China. — AFP

Huawei’s new operating system, Harmony OS, will be “decoupled” from hardware said the Chinese electronics giant.

“It can be flexibly deployed on different devices based on each device's hardware capabilities in order to maximise the potential of each device,” said Huawei head of global product marketing Clement Wong.

“We are not building another Linux, Android, or iOS. We are building the next-generation OS for the future

"HarmonyOS is a new microkernel-based, distributed OS (operating system) for all scenarios.”

Wong described HarmonyOS as a "global and open-source operating system" with the aim to be compatible with any device from smart wearables to home devices like Huawei Vision and connected industrial equipment.

He added that the company is aware of the challenges it will face with the introduction of a new operating system.

"Many technological problems arise with the development of a system, such as those with the kernel, driver, IDE (integrated development environment), file system, and compiler. The OS launch will also be followed by a series of challenges, such as those with the ecosystem and user experience," he said.

Wong assured users that Huawei is up for the task.

"We are confident about being able to tackle all technological difficulties. Recently, we pooled nearly 5,000 talented people to optimise HarmonyOS, develop apps and dramatically increase development efficiency," he said.

In addition to HarmonyOS, Wong also revealed some details about Huawei's upcoming chipset, Kirin 990 5G, which is claimed to improve graphics performance by 6% and energy efficiency by 20%.

The company even claimed that it’s the world's first flagship 5G SoC (system on a chip).

"With 10.3 billion transistors located in a fingernail-sized area, Kirin 990 5G helps reduce the board area by 32% and boasts the largest number of transistors, most complete functions, and highest manufacturing complexity," he claimed.

"Kirin 990 5G also adds NR (noise reduction) to videos with hybrid frequencies by focusing on precise noise separation, improving the video NR capability by 20% and delivering sharper video images even in low light scenes."

Kirin 990 5G also has AI-powered Super Resolution which Wong claimed can "restore the clarity of videos recorded by older devices to instantly deliver HD images.
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