Huawei, the Shenzhen based company has unveiled this Friday, an operating system that can run phones, computers and smart devices, following a threat from the US trade restriction to cut Huawei’s access to US technologies such as Android.
The Chinese company, which is now the world’s second-largest smartphone maker, said it would prefer to keep using Android and Windows if it can but also wanted to have alternatives in case its access to Western technology is cut off since the temporary reprieve to the ban, which has allowed Huawei to continue using Android, expires later this month. The new Operating system, HarmonyOS known as Hongmeng in Chinese, will initially rolled out on smart appliances, speakers, cars and virtual reality devices. The company said it was considering installing Harmony on its flagship Mate 30 phone, due to launch later this year.
“Harmony OS is completely different from Android and iOS,” said Richard Yu, head of Huawei’s consumer business group referring to operating systems developed by Alphabet Inc’s Google and Apple Inc. Nevertheless, the new Operating System will reduce Huawei’s reliance on US firms and intensify the US-China trade war. Huawei is unlikely to meet its goal of becoming the world’s largest smartphone maker by shipments mostly because of the ongoing US-China trade war but is on track to retain its number 2 position. Indeed, despite its US blacklisting, Huawei’s sales rose 23% in the first half of the year from strong domestic sales.