Huawei launches Harmony operating system, but will not remove Android from its devices.

Huawei Technologies revealed its patented operating system for cell phones and other devices on Friday.

Huawei launches Harmony operating system, but will not remove Android from its devices.
Huawei launches Harmony operating system, but will not remove Android from its devices.

Threaten to reduce the Chinese firm's access to US technologies such as Android.

However, Huawei said that for now, it would continue to use Google's Android for its advanced phones.

And that the new software will be gradually deployed to support devices such as smartwatches and virtual reality devices.

The new operating system is part of Huawei's attempt to develop its technologies, from chips to software, to reduce its dependence on US firms, amid an escalation of the trade war between Washington and Beijing.

Huawei had delivered little prior information about the software, increasing speculation about how quickly or efficiently it could find an alternative to the Android system.

"Harmony OS is completely different from Android and iOS," said Richard Yu, head of Huawei's consumer business group.

I am referring to Google's operating systems - owned by Alphabet Inc - and Apple Inc.


Yu said the company has no direct knowledge about whether it can continue using Android.

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