Will Xiaomi choose HarmonyOS over MIUI? It is possible.
Huawei’s sales may be falling worryingly, but at the same time, the brand may have found a “lifeline” to hold on to in the form of HarmonyOS. The company has high enough hopes for its proprietary software to “share” it with other manufacturers in the Asian country.
Huawei may no longer be the leading OEM of mobile devices in China, but several Chinese manufacturers may be interested in using its operating system as a way of anticipating an uncertain future. Huawei cannot use Android or partner with Google or other U.S. companies to bring its software to life and, as a result, had to make adjustments to business strategies.
This is where HarmonyOS comes into play, a system not only intended to run only on phones but also on Honor TVs and other smart devices. According to various media, there are phone manufacturers now planning to use HarmonyOS in addition to Android, such as Meizu, Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo.
HarmonyOS is not only an operating system powered by Huawei’s technology, but it is also an open-source software package, allowing developers to modify and add their changes to it, similar to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
What would HarmonyOS look like on a Xiaomi?
Thanks to its resemblance to Android AOSP, we have already found videos, not of the abandonment of MIUI as such, but of Xiaomi’s customization layer running on HarmonyOS, and not on Android as it happens on all the firm’s current mobiles.
This video shows how Xiaomi’s smartphone powers up without the classic “Powered by Android” text that appears when the phone is turned on and the video shows a “Powered by HarmonyOS” home screen. If this is real, then this is a big step, more so for Huawei than Xiaomi.
Currently, MIUI is based on Android and comes with all Google services installed out of the box and we don’t think that is something that will be given up in the global market. However in China Sms are not so important and maybe in this market, we will see some smartphones from Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, or Meizu testing HarmonyOS.
Its expansion in the market will depend on how it is received by users. If it proves to be a success, the brand may expand its sights to Huawei’s delight.