Wednesday 21 August 2019

Going it alone: Huawei launches operating system of its own as US sanctions bite

Richard Yu, head of Huawei’s consumer business group, unveils the company’s new HarmonyOS operating system in China
Richard Yu, head of Huawei’s consumer business group, unveils the company’s new HarmonyOS operating system in China
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Huawei has unveiled what could become its rival operating system to Google's Android.

HarmonyOS was launched at a developer's conference in China, amid a bruising trade war between the US and the country which has seen Huawei caught in the middle. The new OS is part of Huawei's attempts to develop its own technologies, from chips to software, to reduce its reliance on US firms, which have been restricted from trading with it under American government rules.

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"HarmonyOS is completely different from Android and iOS," said Richard Yu, head of Huawei's consumer business group. "You can develop your apps once, then flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices."

Mr Yu said the company still does not know whether it can continue to use Android.

Irish Independent

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