How can HarmonyOS challenge Android

Huawei will reportedly launch Mate Watch with HarmonyOS

Chinese tech company Huawei is reportedly set to release its Mate Watch powered by HarmonyOS, a proprietary operating system designed to challenge Google's monopoly.


Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business unit, will present the HarmonyOS (Hongmeng in Chinese) during the Huawei developer conference on August 9, 2019 in Dongguan, southern China's Guangdong Province.

According to industry insiders, this step signals that the company has come one step closer to completing a hardware ecosystem that will form the basis for HarmonyOS on Huawei smartphones in the future.


As industry media expect, the Mate Watch will be released at the same time as Huawei's Mate 40. If the reports are correct, it would be the first Huawei smart watch to run on the HarmonyOS. However, the operating system has already been applied to Huawei's notebook, pad, router and other intelligent devices such as televisions.


As Huawei plans to use the HarmonyOS on a variety of hardware devices and eventually smartphones, industry insiders see this possible decision as an important step in testing the operation of the operating system in small Internet of Things devices. It could also reflect market acceptance.


In the first quarter, shipments of Huawei smart watches rose 113 percent year-on-year to 2.1 million units. According to a report by the research company Canalys, the company ranked second after Apple in terms of global market share.


Huawei introduced the HarmonyOS in August 2019 during the malicious US raid that severed it from the Android operating system. Richard Yu Chengdong, head of Huawei's consumer business unit, said the company would consider using its own system if it were not allowed to access Google's Android service.