Huawei, the world’s largest telecom equipment maker, is getting ready to stake its claim in Internet of Things market with an operating system designed specifically for the purpose. Huawei is the latest tech giant to enter the race for the IoT future. The new operating system is designed to allow appliances to communicate with each other online.
The event, Huawei Network Congress 2015, was held in Beijing where Huawei executives showed off its “Agile IoT” architecture which included the aforementioned LiteOS to run basic devices. Huawei touts that the Agile Architecture is a free and open standard which in turn allows developers and hardware designers to easily make their devices internet ready.
LiteOS will work using the newly announced Agile Network 3.0 Architecture and Huawei expects that by the introduction of a standard infrastructure, the company might be able to assist in the development of the Internet of Things devices.
LiteOS is one of the lightest IoT operating systens with a size of just 10KB
According to Huawei, the new OS is capable of being controlled remotely or retrieve data from a distance as well. The operating system can also be installed on devices that already run Google’s Android OS (cars, watches etc.) and is capable of connecting with third party devices. The OS is the lightest in the current segment with a size of only 10KB.
Huawei’s latest expansion comes when big names like Xiaomi, Samsung and Apple are anticipating the rise of Internet connected appliances and gadgets and are trying to build ecosystems around their popular smartphones and smart devices. Instead of diversifying and differentiating its product line up, Huawei has chosen to bridge the gap between systems by the use of its new OS.
The Financial Times published a report where William Xu, Huawei’s Head of Strategy and Marketing, cleared the air with an explanation that the company currently has no plans to compete with market leaders like Android and iOS. Huawei is currently focused on powering a wide range of gadgets, he said.
Internet of Things is poised to be the next frontier with everyone from Samsung to Alibaba interested in becoming a market leader in the nascent field
Huawei wishes the operating system to be used in products ranging from homes to enterprises. Though, the company cannot expect what direction the open standard will take its new OS because that is completely up to the developers.
Huawei faces competition from not only the big international players, but from Baidu, Tencent and Alibaba which have also shown interest in moving towards the Internet of Things market with their own software architectures so they have a long way to go before they can make a strong foothold even in their own home market.