Everything to know about HarmonyOS, Huawei's answer to Android as the trade war between the US and China rages on
- Huawei unveiled its HarmonyOS software on Friday, the homegrown operating system it's been developing as the company has been blacklisted from working with US firms like Google.
- The software will first appear in smart screen devices and will eventually be available on wearables and in-car systems too.
- The debut comes as President Trump said the US will cut its ties with Huawei.
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On Friday, Chinese tech giant Huawei unveiled its new HarmonyOS software - an operating system for its upcoming electronic devices. The launch comes as Huawei remains on a blacklist that prevents it from working with American software giants like Google.
In the wake of Huawei's announcement, President Trump said on Friday that the United States will cut its ties with the Chinese tech behemoth. The move comes just after China had stopped purchasing American agricultural products, a response to the Trump administration's latest round of tariffs on Chinese imports.
Bloomberg reported on Thursday that the White House had been delaying its decision to issue licenses to American business that wish to work with Huawei following its blacklisting in May. The blacklisting means Huawei will lose access to Android, which powers the majority of the world's smartphones.
Although Huawei has said it wants to continue using Android, it could use its homegrown operating system as a replacement for Google's software. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, said it could switch its smartphones from Android to HarmonyOS in one or two days if it had to, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Huawei is debuting its new software as it's on the verge of releasing its highly-anticipated foldable smartphone, the Mate X, which is said to come in September.
Here's a look at everything we know about Harmony OS based on Huawei's announcement.
The operating system isn't just for smartphones.
The first devices to get Harmony OS will be smart screens.
Developers will be able to create apps once and deploy them across multiple types of devices.
The software should offer fast performance, Huawei claims.
It will launch in China but will eventually be available globally.
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