Huawei is by its own account already able to replace the Google system Android in its smartphones with its own software. That said the Chinese smartphone vendors and network equipment vendors to introduce its operating system called Harmony OS, that should also run in computers, tablets and other devices.
Huawei may lose access to Android because the company was blacklisted by US President Donald Trump, citing security concerns. The US fears covert spying by Huawei technology, which rejects the Chinese company. That's why several US companies have already limited collaboration with Huawei, including Google, which can cause problems with Android.
With Harmony OS Huawei wants to establish a full-fledged alternative to Android: The software will be open source accessible to all just like the Google system. That had promoted the rise of Android to 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.
The largest smartphone market in the world
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. The threats and restrictions against Huawei had sparked a wave of patriotism in technology selection in the context of the trade conflict between the two countries.
Huawei has been working for several years on its own operating system to become independent of Android, the operating system of the US group Google, which is currently equipped with the vast majority of smartphones worldwide. The first version of its own operating system is expected later this year for Huawei smartphones on the market. In the coming years, products such as smartwatches should be added.