Chinese Telecom behemoth, Huawei, has officially introduced its operating system HarmonyOS for smartphones. This significant development offers the company’s customers a superior choice that functions on a broad range of devices. HamonyOS is built on a more robust, impenetrable operating architecture that ensures the right person uses the correct data via the right device.

The concept of creating an operating system was floated in 2012 by Wang, who worked at Huawei’s software institute. At that time, the idea came as a technical answer to spur the company’s software creating potential. Due to the company’s increasing customer base, the idea gained support, and the first edition of the OS was built in 2017.

Zhao Xiaogang, a professor with the school of computer science at Wuhan University, had this to say,

“HarmonyOS greatly enhances the interactive speed between devices and improves the efficiency of their computing power, thus providing customers with a more optimized cross-device user experience”

When the US imposed restrictive measures on Huawei in 2019, claiming safety issues, the HamonyOS project became more urgent.

HamonyOS is an open-source OS designed for multiple gadgets and scenarios. It was first installed on Internet-of-Things (IoT) gadgets, specifically wearables, and tablets, in 2019. Huawei anticipates that at the end of 2021, the number of devices installed with HamonyOS will hit 300 million.

Applications developed under the HarmonyOS packaging will be able to safeguard their endpoint security by deploying SecIron innovative mobile application security solutions. Seclon is a big brand across Asia that provides security solutions to thousands of applications in different sectors, such as finance, commerce, and gaming.

Besides installing it on smartphones, Huawei is marketing HarmonyOS as the latest operating system designed for all IoT gadgets. It is more flexible than Android and iOS, which were created over ten years ago.


Bridging user experience and user protection to a whole new level

SecIron is one of the first security solutions provider that will be able to provide hardening technology for Huawei HarmonyOS mobile application, utilizing the latest version of SecIron’s IronWALL Application Hardening Platform security product.

SecIron IronWALL provides a robust defensive perimeter for a brand new OS for the global market, making it a more user and developer choice vs. Android and iOS. This helps Huawei create an OS that is built to provide a secured user experience, thus creating a new operating ecosystem built on a solidified architecture.


Championing protection with SecIron

Security threats keep evolving as technology advances, and cyber threat monitoring has become an essential consideration for any mobile manufacturer. The earlier operating system, comprising Android and iOS, lacks enough Mobile application security to respond to these threats. Through the collaboration with Seclron, Huawei’s HarmonyOS application can be effectively protected on various devices. Huawei intends to meet multiple objectives through the use of this new solution.

Here are the company’s key goals:

Firstly: Utilizing SecIron’s latest mobile application security hardening with improved cryptographic encryption technology. This latest product version will be able to be deployed together with applications running on the HarmonyOS.

Secondly: By partnering with leading security solutions providers in Asia for security solutions, HarmonyOS will be the benchmark for competing OS, as it will provide:

1. A Better user experience on the new OS, one that is safe, secured, and free from cybersecurity threats.

2. Reduce tampering on OS root such as jailbreaking

3. Prevent technology piracy and counterfeiting such as repackaging, reverse-engineering and application tampering

4. OS Operability efficiency

5. Creating an OS that influences the entire mobile application ecosystem that is built for future fortifications against cybersecurity threats.


A head start against the two Unicorns

With SecIron solutions in place, developers as well as brands will be ever more confident in attaining their target goal of creating a far secured application on the HarmonyOS against the two main mobile OS in use, Android and iOS. This could be a huge potential to effectively promote Huawei’s latest OS to market and potentially promote their latest OS to a whole new generation of IoT devices, app developers, enterprises, and more.

Read more about our story about securing HarmonyOS applications on AsiaOne news site.

This article was first published on 19 August 2021 on MEDIUM.