Huawei HarmonyOS, at 8pm today, will finally unveil the mystery.
In the past, for Huawei as a company, we have been holding a neutral and objective perspective to analyze and view.
However, when you see a Chinese technology company, in the face of nearly four years of U.S. suppression and sanctions, time and time again to stand up and come up with their own, belonging to the Chinese engineers of the intelligent terminal system.
Why do you say it belongs to China?
On September 10, 2020, Huawei has donated the source code of the Huawei HarmonyOS to the Open Atom Open Source Foundation, which is under the supervision of the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
So, I would be difficult to be objective.
I sincerely hope that Huawei HarmonyOS, will be successful.
But for more people, for other cell phone manufacturers, especially those who have become accustomed to the two camps of Google Android and Apple iOS, those users.
What exactly has HarmonyOS done? They, on what basis should they support Huawei’s HarmonyOS system?
Just a few days ago, Huawei officially announced the launch of the Huawei HarmonyOS, EMUI officially renamed HarmonyOS.
Meizu officially announced right after that its products will be connected to the HarmonyOS.
But careful people will find that Meizu only connects its smart home to the HarmonyOS.
And, just at this time, an OPPO PR manager released inappropriate remarks about HarmonyOS.
Although finally left, but the PR manager’s words, that is, other cell phone manufacturers and will not access HarmonyOS.
For many people, the HarmonyOS is already a “totem”.
But for other cell phone manufacturers, but not necessarily so.
It is a flood, or Noah’s Ark, is not yet known.
If you want to get a comprehensive analysis from these complicated information.
So first of all, we have to do is to see the essence through the phenomenon.
What is Huawei HarmonyOS? What is the difference between it and Huawei’s original EMUI, and how is it different from Android and iOS?
First of all, the Huawei HarmonyOS is a cell phone operating system in the eyes of the public, but it is not just a cell phone operating system, it is more like a key, a key to open the door to Huawei’s ecosystem.
Huawei HarmonyOS system is designed with a microkernel distributed architecture for the Internet of Everything.
In the 5G era, probably the most important feature we can feel is the low latency of the network.
It can connect all products to the Huawei HarmonyOS and build a large network for the interconnection of everything, solving the pain points of ecological fragmentation and ecological barriers in the interconnection of intelligent products in the past.
A cell phone, you can create a real future lifestyle.
And that, is the HarmonyOS, the biggest difference from Huawei’s past EMUI, including Xiaomi’s MIUI, OPPO’s Color OS.
These Android-based systems are essentially cell phone operating systems, while the complete body of HarmonyOS can be said to be the Internet of Things system, more inclusive.
So, why must Huawei make its own system?
For any company, getting to the top of the mountain is the same as standing on the edge of a cliff.
If you want to deal with future changes, then you must find a core product with long-term value in the future field.
In the past few days, an internal memo from Huawei showed Ren Zhengfei calling on the company’s employees to “dare to lead the world in software and have greater independence and autonomy.
Huawei is now subject to external constraints, especially in the cell phone chip, Huawei is difficult to produce advanced hardware in the short term.
But in the software ecosystem, such as the HarmonyOS operating system, the full-scene AI computing framework Mindspore, these are the construction of hardware products using the environment.
From hardware to software, from transactions to services, (Huawei) has become a solution provider.
In fact, a long time ago, Ren made extreme assumptions.
What should Huawei do if it is sanctioned by chips and systems and cannot supply them?
As Murphy’s Lov says, when you think how bad something will be, well, it will definitely happen.
What is more advanced than thinking of danger is to prepare for a rainy day, which is the remarkable vision and pattern of Ren Zhengfei, the entrepreneur.
Of course, about the construction of corporate ecology, we can use a big tree theory model to understand.
Generally speaking, a big tree is composed of root + trunk + branches, take Huawei and Google.
The root is the core, the cornerstone, which is the underlying system logic; and the trunk is the product, which is the pivot to carry the system logic; the branch is the application, which is the combination of the first two, and the countless extensions of the branches and leaves.
Only when all three are strong, it is considered a complete ecosystem tree.
The reason why Google is so powerful is because the root to trunk of the underlying system logic and system pivot platform research and development are very powerful, and finally through the countless products branches spread to various fields, so that Google is big and does not fall.
And what about Huawei?
In the past, the underlying tree root is used is based on Google’s Android system, adapted in the smartphone system.
The trunk is very strong, compared to Google is not much better.
Whether it is a smartphone, or other related smart devices, TVs, tablets, laptops, smart watches, smart homes in all aspects, have built.
In terms of the tree branch, also has the strength to burst into other areas.
Where is the only weak point?
Obviously, it is the core tree root.
The mission of the HarmonyOS system is to let Huawei get rid of the shackles of Google on the underlying system.
Of course, it is never that easy to get rid of the medicine.
Google’s Android system has developed to today, has become a root system, branches and leaves of a large tree.
According to DMR data, as of May 7, 2019, Android monthly active users reached 25 billion, and Android accounts for 85% of the global cell phone market share.
What Huawei is doing now is to replace the root of the underlying tree with the HarmonyOS, which, to put it more seriously, is to dig Google’s roots and push back to rebuild the big tree ecology established in the past.
Transplanting its own roots, and then seamlessly connecting various frameworks and software on the past Android ecosystem to the new system, is a very bold and time-consuming thing to do.
This is in the subversion.
However, to PK ecology with Google, Huawei really can’t fight alone. In addition to donating the source code to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s foundation, he needs more comrades.
But the question is, are other phone manufacturers willing?
Ladies and gentlemen, if you have a small business, the development has reached a bottleneck, and it is particularly difficult to move forward.
At this time, a large enterprise said to you, as long as you join my ecology, you can get shelter and market opportunities, of course, there will be certain risks, you add or not to join?
I think the majority of people do not want to miss this opportunity.
However, if you are not a small business, but a big company, and the project of that big company that made an invitation to you is going to overthrow the underlying structure of your product, will you choose to join?
By the same token, access to HarmonyOS, Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo have too many reasons to refuse.
Firstly, the conversion cost is too big, the product system of these cell phone manufacturers are built on the premise of Android, the cost of rashly accessing HarmonyOS is too high, and the loss is not controllable.
Secondly, Android has been developed for many years and the developer ecology is perfect, while HarmonyOS is still just starting.
This means that if the system is replaced by HarmonyOS, all the applications carried need to be considered for adaptability and operation, and the current number of developers in HarmonyOS is not enough.
Third, and most importantly, the issue of autonomy. For other cell phone manufacturers, if the change from Google to Huawei, just a change of people to give money, how significant is this?
One thing is very different between Huawei and Google, Google can’t get to China, but Huawei is well established in the domestic smart hardware products field.
If other manufacturers access HarmonyOS, will it affect their own product system’s initiative and premium in the market?
One cannot be an athlete and a referee at the same time.
Of course, there are two sides to everything, HarmonyOS system also has access to the reasons.
First, the distributed technology of HarmonyOS system, its “Internet of Everything” feature, especially for the future very important IoT ecology, which is the weak point of Android system.
Although we can achieve some interconnection through Android at present, but these devices are simply interconnected with each other.
HarmonyOS system is to achieve cross-device deep interconnection, can let the application development cross-platform, can let all connected devices like a device to operate.
Second, the art of balance.
At present, domestic cell phone manufacturers are chips and systems are dependent on foreign countries, especially the United States.
If the development of the HarmonyOS system is smooth enough and has a certain height, then for other manufacturers, the market is no longer “in the past, I have no choice, now, I just want to be a good guy.”
Instead, there are more options and room for negotiation, to get more benefits for themselves.
The last point is that not every company has the ability to build its own IoT ecosystem.
For those who currently do not have the ability, but have the ambition of small manufacturers, choose to access the HarmonyOS system and go with the east wind, why not?
Of course, everyone reading this must have a vague answer.
I think, in a short time, it is unlikely that other mainstream cell phone manufacturers will access the HarmonyOS system.
In fact, Huawei also knows, but he doesn’t care, what he wants to do now is to shine the sword.
One, is as China’s representative technology manufacturers, especially in the United States for so long under the sanctions, once again show their brand image and bottom line, to the four sides of the sword.
Secondly, we can also understand the saying: when you stand in what height and position, something is what you have to do.
To wear the crown, must bear its weight.
As we have said in the past, there are three levels of technology innovation.
Downstream is the application level, the middle hardware product innovation, and the top level is the mastery of core technology.
This is where China lags behind the United States. In the field of technology, core technology represents the underlying logic of processors, operating systems, compilers, and programming languages.
HarmonyOS, is to have the concept of Don Quixote dare to explore, with the momentum of although millions of people, I go on, break through the U.S. blockade, and fight the first battle of the operating system.
Even if it is unsuccessful, without success, but Huawei’s behavior must have planted a seed in the hearts of all people.
Why can’t we break through to the top? To become the developer and controller of the underlying system?
This is perhaps the same sentence that Ren Zhengfei wrote on the occasion of the New Year 2021.
“The great generals are the group of people who, in the vast darkness of the night, take their hearts out and light them up, illuminating the team forward with a dim light.”
This battle, regardless of success or failure, only on from the heart.