Beijing (dpa) - Huawei claims to be able to replace the Google Android system with its own software in its smartphones.
The Chinese smartphone provider and network equipment supplier introduced its operating system, Harmony OS, which is also intended to run on computers, tablets and other devices. Huawei may lose access to Android because the company was blacklisted by US President Donald Trump, citing security concerns.
With Harmony OS Huawei could also establish a full-fledged alternative to Android: The software will be open source accessible to all just like the Google system. At the time, that had spurred Android to become the most used smartphone system with more than 80 percent market share. Even in China, most smartphones run on Android - although unlike the West without Google services.
For now, Huawei's priority is to use Android to keep its ecosystem of apps and other services from splitting, said Huawei manager Richard Yu at the group's in-house developer conference. China is the largest smartphone market in the world - and the US crackdown on Huawei had sparked a wave of patriotism in technology picking against the background of the trade dispute between the two countries.
Live stream of the Huawei developers conference