Huawei Won’t Launch Smartphone With Harmony OS Unless…

Joanna Estrada
August 22, 2019

This means that if the USA continues to implement the ban and even refuses Huawei to acquire key components of the Android system including GMS and Play Store, then Harmony will play a preventive role. The company already announced Honor Vision TV that uses Harmony OS. In a NY press event, Huawei's Senior Vice President Vincent Yang said that they are planning to maintain one standard and one ecosystem with Android. Recently, the Chinese communications and smartphone manufacturing giant said that there is no plan to launch a smartphone based on its self-developed system. "Harmony OS is the company's Plan B".

Even as Huawei touts the power of its Harmony operating system - a potential alternative to Android - the company insists it wants to maintain a single ecosystem and stick with Google's platform. He adds that their new OS is the company's plan B in case the United States imposes a ban that will deny them access to key Android components.

According to Huawei, the amount of code in Harmony OS is much lower than that of Android. One concerns apps, as Huawei will need time to build an equivalent to the Play Store. The main hindrance will be the lack of Google services which most users have grown accustomed to. Secondly, Harmony has to prove that it's as secure as Android so that Huawei can quash spying concerns from western governments.

Yang hinted that an upcoming flagship will run Android, and that's probably the Mate 30 Pro, which should drop before the Mate X foldable.

According to Yang, Huawei now has no plans to launch the smartphone running their own OS. But that will only happen if the USA government ends up enforcing the ban. If the ban were to be enforced, Huawei would switch to Harmony on its phones, but that move wouldn't happen until the last minute when it was certain that the company would be shut out from Android. Another yet-to-launch Huawei smartphone has been spotted on the Android's Enterprise database.

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