Huawei officially launches Harmony operating system to rival Android

Huawei officially released its Harmony OS 2 operating system yesterday (2 June), meaning that the Chinese smartphone manufacturer will no longer rely on Android. Huawei plans to challenge the global dominance of Google’s Android operating system.

Huawei expects that the number of devices equipped with the Harmony operating system will reach 300 million by the end of 2021, of which Huawei’s own devices will exceed 200 million.

Since 2019, the US government has taken action against Huawei that has resulted in the company having limited access to the global chip procurement chain. The US sanctions also prohibited Google from providing technical support for Huawei mobile phones. This meant that they have been unable to directly obtain Android operating system updates from Google since August 2020.

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