Huawei’s imminent release of HarmonyOS Next takes a step closer as the company shares an informative video introducing key enhancements to its UI design language. Departing from the conventional flat design, HarmonyOS Next embraces a more dynamic approach by incorporating elements such as “Spatial,” “Vivid Color,” and “Immersive” to reintroduce dimensionality.
Referred to as the “Star River” edition, though some online translation services may label it as the “Galaxy” edition, we will adhere to “Star River” to eliminate any potential confusion.
In a notable development, HarmonyOS Next will discontinue Android support within China. This has spurred local developers into action as they diligently adapt their applications to the platform, equipped with its proprietary UI toolkit and compiler. Huawei asserts that these tools result in the creation of more efficient applications, with approximately half of China’s Top 200 apps currently undergoing conversion.
Major Chinese corporations, including Qihoo 360, China UnionPay (with plans to enable Cloud Quick Pass on the platform), Xiaohongshu (recognized as the “Chinese Instagram” creator), Amap (specializing in mapping and navigation), and Tongcheng Travel (the pioneer in utilizing the transparent new theme for UI), have thrown their support behind this innovative platform.
It’s important to note that while HarmonyOS will cease Android support domestically, it will maintain compatibility internationally, with the impact primarily affecting the Chinese market.