Huawei Technologies plans to roll out its Harmony Operating System (OS), which is viewed as a replacement for Google’s Android mobile operating system, on smartphones next year in an attempt to break the US-imposed restrictions.
The company first unveiled its proprietary HarmonyOS last year, which was billed as a multi-device platform for watches, laptops and cell phones rather than a comparable challenger to Google’s Android mobile operating system.
According to analysts, this is the closest solution to Huawei after it was added to the list of US companies in May last year. This has prevented Google from providing technical support for new Huawei phone models running Android and Google Mobile Services (GMS). , the package of developer services on which most Android apps are based.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei̵
“The milestone that we mark is that we support Huawei devices from Harmony OS 2.0, but at the same time may also be available for devices from other vendors,” said Wang. “Harmony OS 2.0 will be available to all hardware manufacturers.”
Yu added that the company also opened a beta version of smart TVs, watches and car infotainment systems to developers starting Thursday and plans to make it available for smartphones in December.
Google’s shutdown of Android support resulted in a slump in smartphone sales overseas, but this was later offset by a surge in domestic demand.
The alternative to GMS is Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), which, according to Yu, is now the third largest ecosystem for mobile apps worldwide. Zhang Pingan, president of Huawei’s consumer cloud division, said overseas customers are accepting HMS and sales of phones with HMS have “increased” since May.
Yu said the company shipped 240 million smartphones last year, earning it second place in the market rankings in 2019. However, the lack of software had affected sales in the past few months and shipments had dropped to 105 million units in the first half of the year.
In August, the US extended previous restrictions to prevent Huawei from receiving semiconductors without a special license. Analysts have said that Huawei’s smartphone business would disappear entirely if it couldn’t source chipsets.
“The development of HarmonyOS and HMS is fascinating. Still, this development will require hardware to be delivered to consumers. So the biggest challenge is still disrupting the chip supply, ”said Will Wong, an analyst at consulting firm IDC.
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