Huawei’s answer to Android is coming to phones next year

Huawei’s answer to Android is coming to phones next year

Huawei is set to launch a rival to Google's Android operating system.

Huawei's decision to create HarmonyOS had been prompted by a USA trade ban that prevents it from offering Google LLC's apps and services on its new devices, though the restrictions do not prevent it from using the core Android platform.

"Starting on 10 September, HarmonyOS is open to 128KB-128MB IoT devices, such as smart TVs, wearables, cars, and more", Richard Yu, Executive Director and CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said in his keynote speech.

The official app platform is the Huawei AppGallery, not the Play Store, the official Google store that is included in most Android smartphones.

Huawei's pitch to developers revolved around the open, secure and distributed nature of the latest operating system, making it easy to deploy across devices and screen sizes. To deal with not able to use Google Services anymore, the Chinese tech giant still have their HarmonyOS that continues to be big.

The open-source project will be launched in stages with a mobile HarmonyOS beta release planned firstly for Chinese developers at the end of this year.

A Huawei executive says recent USA sanctions against the company have caused a shortage of computer chips for the company, hurting the growth of its smartphone business. This may force it to relax the regulations in the near future, experts said.

The P50 Pro smartphone model is one of the most anticipated gadgets that Huawei will bring in 2021.

"Our only mistake is that we were born in China", he added. Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) has grown into the world's third-largest mobile app ecosystem with 1.8 million developers.

Huawei could still manage to ship 195 million smartphones this year but the number could plunge to 50 million next year if the USA regulation did not change, according to a GF Securities estimate.

Harmony OS has been Huawei's plan B for a while, but up until now the company has only offered versions of the operating system for smart TVs and other smart home products. "It's a tough journey but Huawei must go through it to survive and thrive".

Huawei has had to develop its own operating system due to restrictions placed on the company by president Donald Trump.

"Huawei has no choice but to continuously strengthen its products and grow its ecosystem".

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