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– August 9, 2019
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The novelty initially targets only China, and is compatible with Huawei's smart TVs, smart watches and car systems, but could reach smartphones in the future. According to Richard Yu, CEO and CEO of the company's consumer division, the new system "more powerful and secure than Android." He said Harmony OS could have features up to five times faster than Fuchsia, a system recently announced by Google.
However, Richard Yu also said that the company does not intend to implement the system on their mobile phones at this time. "We'll prioritize Android on mobile phones, but if we can't use Android we can install Harmony OS quickly." The decision is based on the trust that some of its partners have in the Google system. Over the next three years, however, the company can bring the software to more devices, including its smartphones.
Huawei Smartphones may receive Harmony OS in the future Photo: Bruno De Blasi / dnetc
Huawei has confirmed that it has been working on the project for two years, but has accelerated work in 2019, possibly due to trade disputes with the United States. In May this year, US President Donald Trump included the company on a ban on buying and selling technology equipment from US companies. The move was based on allegations that the Chinese giant was involved in espionage schemes of US rivals.
The company denied the accusations and, on occasion, decided to file a lawsuit against the Trump government. However, the president's attitude motivated US companies to restrict the use of their Chinese company technologies. This was the case with Google, which even suspended the license that allowed the use of Android and Google Play Store. The US-China trade dispute involves the development of 5G technology, which is already present in some Huawei devices, such as Mate X.
The fight may have caused Huawei to anticipate the system launch, initially called by the Hongmeng OS or Ark OS media. According to the company, in case of an inability to use Android, it is possible to migrate the branded devices to Harmony OS "in one or two days". Application developers would have to make some changes to their code, which, according to the Chinese company, would be "very easy."
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