Chinese telecom giant Huawei unveiled its own operating system on Friday, as it faces the threat of losing access to Google’s Android platform amid escalating US-China trade tensions.
The highly anticipated operating system is considered crucial for the tech titan’s survival as it confronts a looming White House ban on US companies selling technology products to Huawei which could remove its access to Android.
Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer business, revealed HarmonyOS — HongMeng in Chinese — at a press conference in the southern city of Dongguan.
He said the first version 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.
Huawei's new Operating System will be replacing the company's use of Android. Huawei has been working on its new operating system since earlier this year when a ban was placed on its use of, and collaboration with, American hardware and software companies.