Huawei Technologies unveiled its proprietary operating system for use on smartphones and other devices on Friday, as US trade brakes set in May threaten to cut the Chinese firm’s entry into core U.S. technologies such as Android.
“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. Google and Apple Inc.
Harmony, called Hongmeng in Chinese, is ready for use on smartphones but Huawei prefers to stick to Android now to support its app developers, Yu said, adding the Honor smart-screen product he plans to unveil will Saturday will be the first product using Harmony OS.
Yu asserted: The company would be able to ship 300 million smartphones this year without such restrictions.
He said it would be difficult for Huawei to meet its previous goal of becoming the world’s largest smartphone maker with shipments this year due to U.S. brakes./investing
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