Huawei reveals rival to Android operating system after USA blacklisting

Huawei reveals rival to Android operating system after USA blacklisting

Huawei reveals rival to Android operating system after USA blacklisting

Huawei claimed its new OS has cryptography and privacy measures built-in deep into its heart (no word of Chinese government backdoors like the U.S. government wants to install in all American apps and phones).

Huawei, headquartered in the southern city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, reported earlier its smartphone shipments rose 24% in the first half of 2019 over a year ago to 118 million.

Huawei's UK PR was unable to provide any details on licensing or availability. In China, HarmonyOS will be called Hongmeng, which puts all the other rumors and speculations to rest. But many have theorized that Samsung will one day ditch Android if it can create a Tizen-based smartphone OS that can run Android apps. According to a report by CNBC, Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei's consumer division, said that the OS will initially be available in China and then rolled out globally later.

The company confirmed that the work on the new OS began 2 years back and was accelerated in 2019, probably due to the ongoing trade issue between the USA and China. The operating system will be introduced to other devices in the next three years, including auto head units and wearables.

HarmonyOS now has associations with the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, which led to uncertainty over whether Huawei could carry on using Android and Windows at all. So Huawei uses a modified version of Android in its domestic market that is stripped of Google apps.

In May, Google suspended the company's Android licence after the U.S. government put Huawei on a trade blacklist.

According to Yu, the operating system will be primarily aimed at IoT products such as smart displays, wearables, smart speakers and automobiles instead of smartphones.

"Building their own OS can allow [Huawei] to leverage internal synergies, using their own products and codes", said Low.

The company had to react after the U.S. government blacklisted Huawei in May over its suspected connections with Chinese secret services.

The highly-anticipated software is considered crucial for the tech group's survival as it confronts a looming White House ban on United States companies selling technology products to Huawei which could remove its access to Google's Android operating system.

The Chinese firm, meanwhile, promised its distributed architecture and virtual bus technology would make developing applications to run on different devices far easier. Resources will gravitate toward tasks with higher priorities, reducing the response latency of apps by 25.7%.