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Shenzhen Issues Plan to Promote Development of HarmonyOS Operating System

HarmonyOS is a distributed operating system (OS) developed by Huawei for smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, smart watches, personal computers and other smart devices.

On March 3rd, the government of Shenzhen issued the “Shenzhen Support for Open Source HarmonyOS Native Application Development 2024 Action Plan” to promote the Chinese version of this OS.

The plan puts forward specific development goals and directives for the development of the HarmonyOS software ecosystem by the end of 2024:

  • The number of HarmonyOS native applications developed in Shenzhen should account for over 10 percent of the national total;
  • major industries in Shenzhen are to be fully served by native applications targeting HarmonyOS;
  • HarmonyOS development courses will be offered in major universities and training institutions in Shenzhen;
  • the number of certified HarmonyOS developers will account for over 15 percent of the national total;
  • establish at least two industrial parks that rely primarily on HarmonyOS-based applications and software;
  • there will exceed 1000 software companies with staff who are qualified in HarmonyOS application development;
  • promote the stable operation of the HarmonyOS Ecosystem Innovation Center, providing public services such as showcasing and promoting HarmonyOS native applications, and talent cultivation; and
  • officially launch and expand the global Smart Internet of Things (IoT) Alliance to continuously increase the international influence of HarmonyOS applications.

The plan also encourages capable enterprises to expand outsourcing services for development of HarmonyOS-native applications, aiming to reach a scale of 500,000 HarmonyOS developers.

By the end of 2023, a total of 49 enterprises in Shenzhen had participated in the construction of the open-source HarmonyOS ecosystem, contributing 133 products and 11 software distributions. The open-source HarmonyOS community has more than 250 ecosystem partners, 35 project donors, 173 partners passing the HarmonyOS compatibility evaluation, and over 230 commercial devices in fields such as finance, education, smart home, transportation, digital government, industry, and medical care.

Source: Xinhua, March 3, 2024