Huawei unveils its own smartphone operating system, calls it a ‘backup plan’

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Huawei Technologies unveiled on Friday its proprietary operating system for use in smartphones and other devices, as USA trade curbs imposed in May threaten to cut the Chinese firm's access to crucial US technologies such as Android. The new operating system uses Huawei's ARK compiler and will support Kotlin, Java, Javascript, C, and C++ programming languages. Over the next three years, HarmonyOS will be optimized and gradually adopted across a broader range of smart devices, including wearables, Huawei Vision, and head units for your vehicle.

Huawei has stated HarmonyOS will launch in a new product being unveiled tomorrow - it has been rumoured this is a new smart display from Honor.

While the company said that it now prefers to power its smartphones with Google's Android, it did not rule out the future use of its own system on smartphones. HarmonyOS isn't so much about being an Android competitor for the sake of it-rather, Huawei's HarmonyOS is a Donald Trump competitor.

Huawei does reveal the main problem with its OS, apps availability.

However, Huawei said HarmonyOS would first be used in devices such as smart speakers and watches, rather than replacing Android in its phones.

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This is similar to Google's Fuchsia, an in-development OS that also promises to unite multiple disparate devices under the same system. In a press release, Yu says that the operating system is "completely different from Android OS" due to its support for a wider ecosystem.

"A modularized HarmonyOS can be nested to adapt flexibly to any device to create a seamless cross-device experience", the company said via a statement on Twitter. This means that the United States government forbids other companies to do business with Huawei. However, the smartphone maker said an expansion to smartphones could happen sometime over the next years, but for now, it wants to stick with Android. Huawei says that it can be used for smartphones, IoT devices and smart devices.

Following that move, Google said it suspended business activity with Huawei. But until then, Huawei will continue to support Android. Huawei has been working on its new operating system since earlier this year when a ban was placed on its use of, and collaboration with, American hardware and software companies.

Moreover, Richard Yu added that for now, Huawei would limit the operating system only to China with later plans to expand to global markets.

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