(Reuters) — Huawei plans to introduce its Harmony working system, seen as the company’s biggest wager to interchange Google’s Android mobile working system, on smartphones subsequent yr, the head of its shopper enterprise group said on Thursday.
Richard Yu made the suggestions on the agency’s annual builders conference throughout the southern Chinese metropolis of Dongguan. He moreover said that the company had a 2.zero mannequin of the system that it first unveiled last yr, and that it deliberate to open to builders a beta mannequin for smartphones in December.
Huawei’s addition to the U.S. entity file in May last yr barred Google from providing technical assist for model new Huawei phone fashions using Android, and from Google Mobile Services (GMS), the bundle of developer suppliers upon which most Android apps are primarily based.
That led the company to experience a stoop in overseas smartphone product sales, although that was later offset by a surge in residence product sales. Yu said the company shipped 240 million smartphones last yr, which gave it a second-place market score, nonetheless added that software program program shortages had injury the company in present months.
Huawei has billed Harmony as an multi-device platform all through watches, laptops and mobiles, comparatively than as a like-for-like challenger to Google’s Android mobile working system.
In August the U.S. expanded earlier restrictions geared towards stopping Huawei from buying semiconductors with no explicit license – along with chips made by abroad companies which had been developed or produced with U.S. software program program or experience.
Analysts said the restrictions threaten Huawei’s crown as a result of the world’s largest smartphone maker, a score it gained this yr, and that its smartphone enterprise would disappear totally if it could not provide chipsets.
Yu did not contact upon the topic all through his speech.
(Reporting by David Kirton in Shenzhen; writing by Brenda Goh; enhancing by Jason Neely and Gerry Doyle)