The Chinese telecom giant Huawei assured Thursday that its home operating system, HarmonyOS, would be available on its smartphones as early as next year, after US sanctions which prevent it from using the Android system. HarmonyOS, unveiled last year, currently only equips some of the products of the firm from Shenzhen (south), in particular connected televisions. The operating system is software essential for the operation of an electronic device.
The vast majority of cell phones in the world are equipped with Google’s Android system or Apple’s iOS. During a conference, one of Huawei executives, Richard Yu, announced that the source code for HarmonyOS would be available in December to application developers. The group’s first smartphone working with this operating system will be launched in 2021, he said. ” We will present the work of Chinese developers to the rest of the world, hoping to see more ‘TikTok’ in the future ”, said Yu, referring to the popular application of short videos in the sights of the Trump administration.
Washington has increased pressure on its allies in recent months to ban Huawei’s 5G equipment, an area in which the group is a leader, arguing risks in terms of cybersecurity. Huawei is also on an American blacklist to prevent it from acquiring “made in the USA” technologies essential to its phones. The firm is suddenly forced to accelerate the development of its own technologies. Despite pressure from Washington, Huawei became the world’s largest seller of smartphones in the second quarter, dethroning South Korean Samsung.