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Huawei Harmony OS might be adopted by Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo

In response to the US’ sanctions and export bans, Huawei has been waging a campaign to rid itself of its dependence on Google’s mobile operating system, or at least its proprietary parts. Although it sounds like an epic endeavor to replace Android, Huawei’s Harmony OS definitely has big ambitions to be present in almost all smart markets. Going just beyond its own smartphones, however, there are now rumors that Huawei wants to spread its new platform to other phones as well, including those from its competitors and compatriots in China.

This sounds almost like a no-go if the initial impressions of Harmony OS 2.0 Beta are anything to go by. While Huawei defends that it isn’t really the final vision, the version that developers were given access to looked a lot like Android underneath a thin custom skin. That does make the transition a bit easier for both developers and smartphone makers but it pales in comparison to the grand and brand new experience that Huawei is promising.

Another limitation, at least as far as phones go, is that Harmony OS is supposedly developed to work primarily on Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin processors. Android itself has parts that are developed specifically for certain chipsets, like Qualcomm and MediaTek, among others, which is part of what makes it possible to run it on the majority of the world’s phones.

There is now a report that Harmony OS will undergo development to make it run on Qualcomm’s and MediaTek’s platforms, which means it will be able to run on phones beyond Huawei’s flagships. Even more interesting, however, is the rumor that Chinese smartphone makers are actually interested in using it for their phones. That’s not exactly outside the realm of possibility because Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo already run versions of Android without Google in China.

It will really all boil down to what Harmony OS on phones will turn out to be. If it’s simply a skin on top of Android, the change for smartphone makers won’t be that big and might not even make sense at all. If, on the other hand, it will be a truly new mobile OS from the ground up, Google stands to lose whatever small mind share it has in China through Android, even if it doesn’t officially have a presence there through Google Play Store.

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Logitech Harmony remotes discontinued: What users need to know

Logitech has announced the discontinuation of its Harmony remotes, though it says that existing users don’t need to worry. The company plans to continue supporting its remotes and to sell off its existing inventory. Rather, this change is an end to the manufacturing of these products, meaning you’ll need to look elsewhere when it’s time to upgrade to a new device.

The decision to discontinue its Harmony remotes was posted on Logitech’s support website recently, where the company said, “We expect no impact to our customers by this announcement.” Logitech says it will continue the service for its existing Logitech remotes, including ones purchased by new customers as the inventory sells out.

Logitech Harmony remote owners can expect continued support for the remotes, including access to apps and software for setting up and managing the remotes. Beyond that, the company claims it will “continue to update the platform” and will add new devices to the database for the universal remote products. Likewise, the warranty on Harmony devices will remain.

The company stresses that it will maintain support for the Harmony remotes “as long as customers are using it,” including updates to the companion mobile apps and desktop software. Likewise, the Harmony remotes support website will remain live here.

If you want to return a newly purchased Harmony remote in light of this decision, you’ll have to return it to the store from which it was purchased, with Logitech noting that it isn’t offering any sort of return program — because, as it notes repeatedly, nothing about the end of manufacturing will impact new and existing customers.

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