HUAWEI’s new HarmonyOS Next drops support for Android apps

HUAWEI HarmonyOS Next is the “pure” OS experience that excludes Android libraries.

HUAWEI was kicked out of the Android ecosystem that forced the company to create its own software to move forward. This gave rise to HarmonyOS that has reached mainstream, thanks to numerous developers.

Although HUAWEI smartphones are running HarmonyOS, users can still sideload Android apps via APK installation. This is a classic workaround for any software restrictions.

However, HUAWEI seems not content in that stagnant concept as the company has been busy working for its independence. According to a report, HUAWEI’s new HarmonyOS Next is almost ready for launch and when it does, it will finally move away from the most dominant mobile OS on the planet.

Richard Yu, HUAWEI’s CEO for Consumer Business Group, revealed that all native apps HarmonyOS Next have been updated. That move eliminated the Android APK support.

With that, HUAWEI devices running HarmonyOS Next cannot read Android codes or install Android apps. So, goodbye sideloading.

HUAWEI isn’t alone in this effort because many companies have already expressed interest in HarmonyOS. Talents for HarmonyOS development have been rising steadily and internet-based firms are flocking.

NetEase and DingTalk are just a couple that posted multiple positions linked to HarmonyOS development with salaries higher than market average. Some of the key positions are Java development engineers, software testers, and embedded software developers.

HarmonyOS Next is the “pure” version of HarmonyOS that excludes Android libraries. As of writing, it’s unknown if HUAWEI will remove the default HarmonyOS in the coming years.


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