Huawei drives wider operating system (OS) plans
Chinese telecommunications, data and cloud company Huawei also makes software.
Logically, its smartphones, tablets and other devices carry a degree of home-baked goods, with its Emotion User Interface (now known as just EMUI) forming the Android-based operating system that users would be perhaps most familiar with.
The company’s other self-developed OSs include HarmonyOS and MagucUI, all of which share elements of common DNA.
Huawei’s has now formally launched an updated version its openEuler operating system (OS), which has arrived in its latest expanded form this month.
In terms of deployment, Huawei openEulerOS runs on a variety of devices including servers and cloud plus edge IoT devices, which in Huawei’s own case would include telecoms base stations, routers and industrial control units.
Although first announced in 2019, openEulerOS is open source and has now been updated and refreshed… with some of the quenching refreshments aligned towards a certain amount of fusion and cross-pollination between openEulerOS and HarmonyOS.
Rotating chairman stands firm
Huawei’s rotating chairman Eric Xu Zhijun has firmly noted that where Huawei HarmonyOS sees more prevalent deployment in IoT use cases including smart terminals, openEulerOS see more deployment opportunities in servers and cloud infrastructure.
Could either of these operating systems be some form of a competitor to rival Windows, Apple iOS, Android itself and perhaps even UNIX (?), well, it’s hard to say.
All of this is part of Huawei’s longer-term mission to transform into what should ultimately be a more software (than hardware) based business… and this is a transformation that Huawei’s Xu has said is “painful — [but with] good news” as a whole.
The company has also used its recent Huawei Connect 2021 event to talk about its work in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cloud.
A previous (also rotating) chairman (Guo Ping) famously used his Connect keynote back in 2017 to also talk big picture as he suggested that in the long game, there might be somewhere around five major clouds (with Huawei filling one of the slots) once we consider Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, AWS and one unspecified other (possibly IBM) in the world.
Huawei Cloud currently hosts some 2.3 million developers and 6,000 technology partners.
The openEuler page is hosted here with full English options.