It turned out that HarmonyOS, which Huawei executives insistently argued that it is not a copy of the Android operating system, is no different from Android 10.

It was emphasized that the HarmonyOS, which the Chinese technology giant Huawei accelerated its development after the US embargoes, is a brand new operating system different from Android. However, examinations and analyzes show that this is not the case.

Since the announcement of HarmonyOS for smartphones by Huawei, there have been discussions about how the new mobile platform will differ from Android. These discussions were exacerbated by the introduction of limited access to the beta version of HarmonyOS, and ArsTechnica technology editor Ron Amadeo tested HarmonyOS and shared the results.

Forking done
Amadeo describes HarmonyOS as an Android replica with EMUI interface and a few minor changes. He also pointed out that even the interface remains an exact copy of the EMUI version that Huawei has installed on its Android smartphones. According to Amadeo, there is nothing wrong with creating a copy of Android by forking and running it as an operating system under your own brand, but you should do it openly and transparently. Because in the method called forking, the source code of a software project is copied and used in a new project.

Earlier in January, a senior Huawei executive announced that HarmonyOS is not a copy of iOS and Android, and listed the main differences.


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