Huawei has been developing its own alternative mobile platform to Android for years, called HarmonyOS, which is not only designed for smartphones but also for other smart home devices.
We recently saw the HarmonyOS beta on smartphones, which appears to be entirely Android-based.
At MWC Shanghai 2021, Huawei has unveiled several smart home products that work with HarmonyOS.
Right now, it exists more like a concept than a real thing, but they show a future where multiple smart devices running HarmonyOS can work together seamlessly.
For example, when users come home from work, they could use voice activation to activate the “Going Home” mode. This could turn on the air purifier, change the lights to a warmer hue, and close the curtains.
Huawei also envisions that users can use their HarmonyOS smartphones with these smart appliances by touching each other, such as sending recipes to a kitchen device and having it change its settings accordingly.
Of course, this will all depend on users owning HarmonyOS smartphones and smart appliances, but a unified platform makes things much easier.