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HarmonyOS for mobile seems to be based on Android AOSP at the moment

In mid-December, Huawei finally launched the first beta version of HarmonyOS for mobile phones, after this alternative to Android debuted on televisions, routers and other devices. This first version it was very similar to EMUI 11 on Android.

From Huawei, they assured that the final version of HarmonyOS will release a new design, but there seems to be a good explanation for the relationship between HarmonyOS and Android: apparently, today HarmonyOS is based on Android, according to various tracks compiled by XDA.

AOSP with a few extra steps

In the West, the information from HarmonyOS that reaches us is still a bit of hearsay. The English version of the official documentation is not as up-to-date as the English version and, although Huawei opened the beta for developers on five phones and with an emulator, both ways of testing the system are limited to China continental.

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What we know about HarmonyOS is that it is a multipurpose and microkernel operating system with which the company wants to replace Android. Among its virtues would be be able to run Android applications, with references to the ARK compiler, but omitting the fact that the system is based on AOSP.

For those who have been able to try HarmonyOS, the conclusion is clear: HarmonyOS is, today, heavily based on AOSP, the open source part of Android. This is evident when testing applications focused on older versions of Android, which shows a message the same as Android, but changing its name to HarmonyOS.


As if this were not enough, consulting the structure of the folders and files of HarmonyOS through ADB, it is obvious that the entire Android framework is included. Not that there's anything wrong with it: AOSP is open source, just like OpenHarmony, the AOSP equivalent of HarmonyOS. Perhaps what is most striking is that Huawei has played a bit of distraction, because at first it announced HarmonyOS as a "completely different operating system from Android or iOS".

Now, we are talking about the current situation, so this could change in the future. In Huawei's roadmap for HarmonyOS, it was mentioned that the AOSP-based version would serve as a transition until that completely new and standalone system was ready, with an architecture based on the HarmonyOS microkernel.

Via | XDA