Software development is not easy. Especially when it comes to modern software. And if we talk about how much effort and time is needed to develop an entire operating system, then here, as they say, “it’s easy to get confused in zeros.” Many people know that Huawei, in its stalemate, has undertaken to develop its HarmonyOS, but now there is information that they will involve Russian specialists for this. In this case, we are not talking about a couple of people, but about a large team from several cities in Russia. It remains only to understand what exactly they will be responsible for when developing a new product. And at the same time find out when you can expect the result.
Research and development centers or, as they are also called, R&D centers usually include hundreds, if not thousands of specialists… This is due to the fact that it is very difficult to come up with something new. Of course, as a rule, there is a person whose name appears in all documents and in the press, they say, he is the creator of this or that product. But behind his back are those same thousands of people who, like ants (in a very good sense of the word), work and bring much more than just an idea – its implementation.
This is also the case at Huawei. A week ago, the company spoke about its new operating system HarmonyOS (or HongMengOS in China), which our Ivan Kuznetsov talked about more than once. The release is required against the background of the ban on the use of Android and Google services. The company urgently needs to solve something and it throws all its energy into creating a finished product that would be, as they say, not ashamed to show people.
Moreover, the beta version of this operating system should be released in December this year. The first smartphone with HarmonyOS 2.0 on board should appear in 2021. If this is not a bluff, not throwing dust in the eyes, and the company really planned to release it exactly on these dates, the specialists will have a lot of work and they will have to work hard.
To do this, the company has attracted a large number of developers from Russia to create the operating system. Recently, in general, the concept “Russian hacker”, As it is customary to call Russian programmers in the world, is inextricably linked with the ability to quickly and efficiently make almost any software products. In this regard, the choice of the company becomes obvious.
Who works for Huawei in Russia
According to a GlobalTimes report, the Chinese tech giant’s Russian R&D team has approximately 1,500 employees in various Russian cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk and others. This entire team maintains the closest relationship with other Huawei specialists in R&D, R&D and programming.
The Russian team of specialists should help Chinese (and not only) colleagues to make a new software product ”more compatible with Huawei mobile ecosystem”. There is no doubt that bringing in new specialists will speed up the process. Especially if someone can correctly distribute tasks between them.
Although the development of its own operating system was directly influenced by the recent US sanctions, the company has not abandoned the Android platform. For those who don’t know, Huawei lost access to Google’s mobile services back in 2019 as it faced a ban. The restrictions have since been tightened to make it harder for Huawei to access US-made technology.
Android 11 for Huawei
At the moment, the company is not doing very well, and its supply chain may be interrupted. Thus, the news about the Russian team working on HarmonyOS 2.0imply that the company is rushing to release the new OS in time before it possibly loses access to the Android system entirely. Therefore, the company is actively expanding its suite of smartphone applications, which should replace all major Google services – from ordinary storage and video hosting to a voice assistant and an office suite.
Already, the new version of EMUI 11, which was supposed to be built on Android 11, will be based on Android 10. Some functions of the novelty will still be implemented, but the base will be taken from last year’s version of the “green robot”.
Of course, creating your own operating system will not solve all of the company’s problems, but it will make you feel a little more confident. Let me remind you that on Tuesday the company lost access to cooperation with TSMC, which was engaged in the production of Kirin processors, and is now forced to look for solutions on the side. In this regard, there are few reasons for joy, but your own operating system will definitely not be superfluous. And the number of involved developers and programmers once again speaks of how difficult this is.
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