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Huawei Unveils its Own Operating System ‘HarmonyOS’

The first-ever Huawei smartphone to run the new HarmonyOS is slated to be showcased on August 10 at the three-day HDC 2019 event

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FILE - A man uses his smartphone outside of a shop selling Huawei products at a shopping mall in Beijing, May 29, 2019. VOA

In wake of the US-China trade war, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei on Friday officially launched its own operating system (OS) called “HarmonyOS” which is aimed to reduce the company’s reliance on Google-developed Android OS.

The CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu, announced the new OS just as Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) 2019 is about to begin in Dongguan, China.

Focused on improved cross-platform working, HarmonyOS would work across a wide range of devices including smart speakers, automobiles, computers, smartwatches, wireless earbuds apart from smartphones and tablets, web portal Phone Areana reported on Friday.

In China, the software will be known as HongmengOS.

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People walk past a Huawei retail store in Beijing, June 30, 2019. VOA

Even though the company has launched its own OS, Huawei still plans to continue to harness Android in its smartphones.

The first-ever Huawei smartphone to run the new HarmonyOS is slated to be showcased on August 10 at the three-day HDC 2019 event.

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Ever since Google suspended the Huawei’s Android license back in May, following the US government’s decision to put Huawei on the Entity List, there had been a lot of speculation about Huawei’s in-house OS.

In the thick of trade tensions between the US and China, earlier in May it was reported that to avoid hacking risks, Chinese officials have decided to develop a custom OS for PCs that would replace Microsoft Windows which is currently used by the Chinese military. (IANS)

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IDC Says Huawei’s Temporary Reprieve Decision Depends on US Tech Firms

The US put Huawei in an Entity List in May which barred the US tech firms from selling components to Huawei without a special license

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The President of USA insisted that the Chinese company was a threat to national security. Pixabay

Whether the US decides to extend the temporary reprieve that it granted to Huawei, allowing it to do business in the US, may depend a lot on what the American tech firms have to say on the issue, according to research firm International Data Corporation (IDC).

“This is about, in my opinion, as much about the pressure that US components suppliers are exerting on the government as opposed to say punishing Huawei,” CNBC quoted Crawford Del Prete, President at IDC, as saying.

The US put Huawei in an Entity List in May which barred the US tech firms from selling components to Huawei without a special license.

The US government, however, later removed some of the restrictions for a period of three months. The temporary reprieve granted to Huawei is set to end on Monday.

US President Donald Trump on Sunday cast doubt on the possibility of conducting any kind of business with Huawei.

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The temporary reprieve granted to Huawei is set to end on Monday. Pixabay

“Huawei is a company we may not do business with at all,” Efe news quoted Trump as saying to the media on Sunday before departing from Morristown, New Jersey.

The President insisted that the Chinese company was a threat to national security.

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China on Monday urged Trump to allow companies in America to do business with Huawei.

“During the Chinese and US presidents’ meeting in Osaka, the US said it will allow US companies to supply Huawei. When and how will it honour its commitments? Concerns the US’ own reputation and credibility,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said in Beijing. (IANS)