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Huawei unveils own OS after threat of losing access to Android

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Huawei, Chinese telecom giant and smartphone maker, has unveiled its own operating system, following threat of losing access to Android systems amid escalating US-China trade tensions.

TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports Huawei unveiled the new OS known as HarmonyOS or HongMeng in Chinese on Friday, and according to the firm, the OS will support all kinds of devices, including phones, tablets, wearables and TVs.

Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer business, told a press conference in the southern city of Dongguan that the new system would “bring more harmony and convenience to the world”.

The highly-anticipated software is considered crucial for the tech group’s survival as it confronts a looming White House ban on US companies selling technology products to Huawei which could remove its access to Google’s Android operating system.

Yu said the new system was a “future oriented OS” to be “more smooth and secure,” which he said was “completely different from Android and iOS”.

Huawei said the first version of the operating system would launch later this year in its smart screen products, before expanding across a range of smart devices including wearable technology over the next three years.

“If you’re asking when will we apply this to the smartphone, we can do it at any time,” said Yu, adding that they gave priority to using Google’s Android operating system, which is compatible with Harmony.

“However, if we cannot use it (Android) in the future, we can immediately switch to the Harmony OS,” he said.

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