Independent tests by a Chinese informant reveal that HarmonyOS is more of a progress for autonomy. In tests with two popular mobile games, we found that the new operating system runs slower, offers better performance, and limits power consumption.
In many ways, at first glance, HarmonyOS doesn’t seem like a truly revolutionary operating system. The interface looks like two drops of water to that of EMUI / Android 11, and developers can use it too carry your Android apps with practically nothing changing. HarmonyOS 2.0 is therefore often described as a new fork of the AOSP project, the main difference of which is to replace the Google suite of applications (Play Store, Messages, Gmail, Google Maps, etc.) with internally designed equivalents (App Gallery , Petal maps, etc …).
Which does not mean that the operating system cultivates some strengths over Android. It appears, based on testing by the Digital Chat Station leaker, that HarmonyOS is at least better optimized than previous operating systems, which means, among other things, better performance and more autonomy. The test carried out by the tipster gives figures with two video games (King of Glory and Peace Elite HDR) quite promising with a Huawei Mate 40 Pro with EMUI 11 and a Mate X2 under HarmonyOS 2.0.
The first figures show that HarmonyOS is slightly better optimized than EMUI 11
We found that running these games on HarmonyOS generates fewer rendering errors and slightly higher frame rate without this being very significant. The difference is, however, more striking when the battery consumption : The consumption of HarmonyOS is still clearly below that observed in EMUI 11. Of course, at this stage it is not possible to draw conclusions such as telling you whether switching to HarmonyOS can save you n% of battery life.
It is also very possible that this difference is mainly linked to the absence of a suite of Google mobile services that generates background tasks, such as, for example, checking for updates in the Play Store or synchronizing your data. At this stage, in fact, Huawei’s offer of alternatives remains limited, implying slightly less functionality and therefore services are continuously launched in the background. Still, when developing hardware and software, Huawei is following in the footsteps of companies like Apple.
Also read: Huawei claims that HarmonyOS is not a copy of Android and iOS
We can hope that, in the long term, the company will take optimization as far as possible. However, it will probably take a little time for this to happen. Huawei has yet to show that it can deliver on its promise to roll out HarmonyOS to more than 300 million devices by the end of 2021. And that its Western customers, in Europe in particular, will respond favorably …
Source: Huawei Central