After five years of development and pressure from US sanctions, Huawei has finally unveiled its long-awaited Hongmeng OS Galaxy Edition, also known as “Project Thousand Sails.” This operating system marks the complete independence of HarmonyOS NEXT and the severance of […]
After five years of development and pressure from US sanctions, Huawei has finally unveiled its long-awaited Hongmeng OS Galaxy Edition, also known as “Project Thousand Sails.” This operating system marks the complete independence of HarmonyOS NEXT and the severance of ties with Android.
HarmonyOS NEXT, known as “Pure Harmony,” represents Huawei’s strategic comeback and the culmination of the Harmony ecosystem’s development. This ecosystem boasts around 800 million devices and includes over 200 companies actively developing domestic applications for Harmony.
In the second half of 2023, domestic applications for Harmony flourished in various sectors, including navigation, multimedia entertainment, news, travel, and finance. Large Chinese applications such as Alipay, Meituan, Jingdong, Qunar, and Xiaohongshu joined this ecosystem, signifying a rapid and significant transformation.
According to the president of Huawei Cloud, the first phase of Project Thousand Sails has achieved its goal with 200 applications joining the domestic ecosystem. The next phase aims to include an additional 5,000 applications by mid-2024, with the ultimate goal of reaching 500,000 applications. The HarmonyOS system provides significant opportunities for development teams.
TechInsights, a research institution, predicts that HarmonyOS will quickly emerge as the third major operating system alongside Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. It is expected that by 2024, HarmonyOS will replace iOS as the second-largest smartphone operating system in China. Huawei has carefully built its system over the past five years to achieve complete independence from Android.
HarmonyOS is also gradually expanding to computers and aims to become a platform that covers all devices, including smart TVs, wearable devices, and even cars.
This project represents a step closer to realizing Huawei’s vision for a complete Harmony ecosystem, and the commercial use of HarmonyOS Galaxy Edition is planned for the fourth quarter of 2024.