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- Huawei’s Harmony OS 2.0 has many similarities to Android 10.
- This includes the presence of the Android Q easter egg within the record of put in apps.
- Huawei says it’s used “a large number of third-party open-source resources” to develop the platform.
This 12 months, we first heard that Huawei’s Harmony OS 2.0 developer preview had a ton in common with Android 10. It all instructed Huawei’s new platform was truly simply Android with EMUI and some tweaks.
Now, Huawei has formally launched new MatePad tablets, they usually’re the primary Harmony OS merchandise in international markets. Unfortunately, it appears to be like like these anticipating a brand-new platform can be dissatisfied. We received our fingers on the brand new MatePad Pro, and it looks like there are quite a few visible and have similarities to Android 10 (Q).
One weird similarity is that the Harmony OS-toting pill has the Android Q easter egg app put in. Check out the unique Android-toting MatePad screenshots within the first two pictures, in comparison with the Harmony OS machine.
Taken along with the purposeful and visible similarities, it’s arduous to not argue that it’s a significant Android fork at finest fairly than a completely new platform as at the moment claimed. So what does Huawei make of this?
We requested the producer concerning the similarities to Android (together with the presence of the easter egg app) and to verify the software program operating on the pill. The producer reiterated that it was certainly operating Harmony OS 2.0.
“While ensuring all applicable open-source rules are strictly adhered to, Harmony OS has taken advantage of a large number of third-party open-source resources, including Linux, to accelerate the development of a comprehensive architecture,” the corporate advised Android Authority through an emailed response.
This wouldn’t be the primary time we’ve seen cell platforms undertake underlying Android frameworks, with the now-defunct BlackBerry 10 providing the Android Runtime with a purpose to run Android apps. But it undoubtedly looks like Harmony OS is nearer to Android, if not truly being an Android fork.
What does it truly carry to the desk?
Nevertheless, the brand new platform affords a few attention-grabbing options, comparable to Super Device performance for simpler machine pairing. This affords a brand new round UI, that includes the host machine within the center and different Huawei good gadgets round it. Users have to swipe the good machine to the host machine to pair them. Check out the screenshot above for a greater concept of the way it works.
The firm’s platform additionally boasts extra examples of cross-device performance, comparable to the power to view apps operating on each your pill and smartphone on one machine’s current apps menu. You also can swipe a operating app from one Harmony OS machine to a different if that tickles your fancy.
Furthermore, the corporate is touting a “collaborative authentication” characteristic that means that you can use knowledge from two gadgets to unlock your telephone. The agency offers the instance of utilizing face unlock in your telephone along with unspecified knowledge out of your smartwatch.
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