Xiaomi Introduces HyperOS, a Cross-Device System, as Huawei Moves Away from Google's Android
Updated: Jan 8
Xiaomi, the Chinese tech giant, has joined the ranks of Chinese industry players by launching HyperOS, a home-grown operating system that works across smartphones, vehicles and IoT home products.
This move comes as Huawei, facing US sanctions, aims to distance itself further from Google's Android.
HyperOS, described by Xiaomi as a combination of a customised Android system and their proprietary IoT platform Vela, offers a unified experience for managing Xiaomi's wide range of products.
It will come pre-installed on the latest Xiaomi 14 smartphone series and other devices in the Chinese market, including smartwatches and televisions.
Huawei, another Chinese company, is also working on its own operating system. The upcoming HarmonyOS Next system is Huawei's attempt to break away from the Android ecosystem by removing support for Android apps on devices equipped with its new OS. HarmonyOS was launched in 2019 after Huawei was added to the US Department of Commerce's Entity List, restricting its access to Google apps and services.
While Android still dominates the global mobile OS market, Huawei has been pushing for the expansion of HarmonyOS across its IoT and personal devices. However, to ease the transition for users, Huawei has allowed Android apps to run on HarmonyOS devices.
Despite the challenges, Huawei remains determined to move forward with HarmonyOS. The system has already gained traction, with over 700 million devices running on it and more than 2.2 million third-party developers creating apps for the platform.
In contrast, other Chinese smartphone manufacturers, such as Oppo and Vivo, continue to develop their customised operating systems based on the open-source Android platform.
Xiaomi has launched HyperOS, a cross-device operating system that works across smartphones, vehicles and IoT home products.
HyperOS combines a customised Android system with Xiaomi's IoT platform, Vela.
The new operating system will be pre-installed on Xiaomi's latest smartphone series and other devices in the Chinese market.