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Huawei Unveils New OS to Compete with Android Amid Trade Tensions

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7Dnews London

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 16:27 GMT

Huawei revealed its own operating system, HarmonyOS, Friday, August 9th, AFP reported.

The awaited OS is vital for China’s telecom giant Huawei, which Washington could prohibit from acquiring US tech products including Android OS, to remain competitive in the telephone market.

HarmonyOS was unveiled by Richard Yu, the head of Huawei's consumer business, at a press conference in the southern city of Dongguan.

The first version would be available later this year for screen products with a planned future expansion to include more smart devices.

"If you're asking when will we apply this to the smartphone, we can do it at any time," said Yu, adding that the priority was given to Android.

"However, if we cannot use it (Android) in the future, we can immediately switch to the HarmonyOS."

Huawei does not plan to "launch a smartphone with HarmonyOS" while noting "our backup plan is always ready".

Yu said HarmonyOS was "future-oriented" and designed to be "more smooth and secure," which he said was "completely different" from Android and Apple's operating system.

Huawei could bear the brunt of the escalating Sino-American trade war, that has produced the imposition of mutual tariffs as punitive measures.

US President Donald Trump has blacklisted Huawei, citing threats of it penetrating the US, on behalf of the Chinese intelligence services. Huawei is the world’s number one company in superfast fifth-generation 5G equipment.

The blacklisting, in theory, prohibits US companies from providing technology products to Huawei.

A three-month exemption period ends next week.