Huawei is set to release HarmonyOS Next, the new version of its own operating system. Initially, it was claimed that HarmonyOS Next would not support applications made for Android. However, this claim was later denied by the company. The ban on Huawei by the US in 2019 meant that the brand could no longer use Google services under Android, leading to the development of HarmonyOS. The original HarmonyOS was based on the open source version of the Android operating system and fully supports applications made for Android.
According to statements from Huawei executives, HarmonyOS is an operating system developed for the Internet of Everything (IoE) era. It provides a shared language for smart and connected features on different devices. HarmonyOS 4 has already been installed on more than 100 million devices in a short period of time. While there are plans to distribute HarmonyOS for devices outside of China, Huawei users outside China will continue to use Android-based applications as usual with the EMUI operating system.
While it was announced at the Huawei Developers Conference 2023, the new version of HarmonyOS called HarmonyOS Next is currently only planned for release in 2024. There is also false information circulating about the support of Android applications on Huawei devices, as Android applications will continue to be fully supported on devices sold outside China. It’s important to keep the information focused on the topic to avoid confusion with unrelated and random game forum content mixed in with the Huawei news.