China’s Huawei to launch HarmonyOS, its rival to Google Android, on smartphones subsequent 12 months

China's Huawei to launch Harmony OS, its rival to Google Android, on smartphones next year

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – Huawei Applied sciences [HWT.UL] plans to introduce its Concord working system (OS), considered as its alternative to Google’s Android cellular working system, on smartphones subsequent 12 months, because it seeks to beat curbs positioned on it by the U.S..

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The corporate first unveiled its proprietary HarmonyOS final 12 months which it has billed as a multi-device platform throughout watches, laptops and mobiles, quite than as a like-for-like challenger to Google’s Android cellular OS.

Analysts say it’s the closest resolution to a alternative that Huawei has, after its addition to the U.S. entity checklist in Might final 12 months, which barred Google from offering technical assist for brand spanking new Huawei telephone fashions utilizing Android, and from Google Cell Companies (GMS), the bundle of developer companies upon which most Android apps are based mostly.

Huawei’s client enterprise group CEO Richard Yu and Wang Chenglu, president of Huawei’s client enterprise group’s software program division gave an replace on Thursday to the corporate’s annual developer convention within the southern Chinese language metropolis of Dongguan.

“The milestone we’re marking is that we’re supporting Huawei gadgets from Concord OS 2.0, however on the identical time Concord OS 2.Zero might also be out there to different distributors’ gadgets,” Wang stated. “Concord OS 2.Zero can be out there to all {hardware} producers.”

Yu added that the corporate had additionally opened to builders a beta model for good TVs, watches and automotive infotainment techniques from Thursday, and plans to make it out there for smartphones in December.


Being lower off from Google’s Android assist led the corporate to expertise a droop in abroad smartphone gross sales, though that was later offset by a surge in home demand.

Its various to GMS is Huawei Cell Companies (HMS), which Yu stated was now the world’s third largest cellular app ecosystem. Zhang Pingan, president of Huawei’s client cloud division, stated abroad prospects have been accepting of HMS and gross sales of telephones with HMS had “soared” since Might.

Yu stated the corporate shipped 240 million smartphones final 12 months, which gave it a second-place market rating in 2019, however added that software program shortages had harm gross sales in current months and shipments fell to 105 million models within the first-half.

In August, the U.S. expanded earlier restrictions geared toward stopping Huawei from acquiring semiconductors with no particular license. Analysts have stated that Huawei’s smartphone enterprise would disappear fully if it couldn’t supply chipsets.

“The event of HarmonyOS and HMS is fascinating. Nonetheless, this improvement will want {hardware} to ship to the shoppers. Thus, the most important problem continues to be coming from the chips provide disruption,” stated Will Wong, an analyst with consultancy IDC.

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Reporting by David Kirton in Shenzhen; writing by Brenda Goh; modifying by Gerry Doyle and Elaine Hardcastle

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