Huawei reveals Consistency operating system, won’t ditch Android for smart devices – Reuters

DONGGUAN, China/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Huawei Technologies unveiled on Friday its proprietary operating system for smartphones and other gadgets, as U.S. trade limitations imposed in Might threaten to cut the Chinese company’s access to U.S. technologies such as Android.

Richard Yu, head of Huawei’s customer service group, unveils the business’s new HarmonyOS os at the Huawei Developer Conference in Dongguan, Guangdong province, China August 9, 2019. via REUTERS

Huawei said that for now it would stay with utilizing Google’s Android for mobile phones, and the new software application will be gradually presented to support gadgets such as smartwatches, speakers and virtual reality devices.

The brand-new OS belongs to Huawei’s effort to develop its own technologies from chips to software to decrease its reliance on U.S. companies amid a magnifying U.S.-China trade war.

President Donald Trump said on Friday that the United States was not going to work with Huawei but that could change if there was a trade deal.

Huawei had formerly given little info about the software, sustaining speculation about how rapidly or successfully it could find an alternative to the Android system.

“Consistency OS is completely different from Android and iOS,” stated Richard Yu, head of Huawei’s customer company group describing running systems established by Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google and Apple Inc (AAPL.O).

“You can establish your apps once, then flexibly deploy them throughout a variety of various devices,” he told a designers’ conference held in Dongguan in southern China, where Huawei has actually built a lavish brand-new school modeled on European towns.

President Trump’s administration has actually warned that Huawei might be a lorry for Chinese espionage and put the company on a so-called “entity list”, suggesting that U.S. corporations that perform service with the telecoms huge now require unique licenses to do so.

Huawei’s Yu said the company has no upgraded knowledge on whether it can continue to utilize Android.


Huawei is not the very first significant tech company seeking to develop a robust community around its own software application. Its larger competing Samsung Electronics (005930. KS) has been using its own os called Tizen in smartwatches and tvs.

However efforts by the South Korean company to grow Tizen to challenge Android in smartphones have been prevented by lack of support from designers.

Marko Yang, an investor in designer studios who attended the conference, nevertheless, stated he believed the size of the Chinese market would assist Huawei get rid of such a problem. Huawei states there are more than 800,000 designers in its item environment.

“The Chinese market is big, there are numerous users and they have numerous needs, and fixing their needs will lead to many apps, items, and when this happens it will, from the periphery, create a core community, and the Chinese market will go on to stimulate the overseas market,” Yang said.

Yu also said in order to draw in designers, it was willing to cut its fee consumption from app designers working for Consistency to as low as 10%-15%. Apple and Google take a 30% cut for profits produced through their app shops.

Zhang Ping’an, president of Huawei consumer cloud service, informed an instruction with Chinese media that Huawei plans to invest $1 billion to support designers, and 80% of that would be invested overseas. Huawei verified his remark to Reuters and stated the timeframe is within 5 years.

A new “wise screen”, or connected tv product, to be unveiled on Saturday will be the first product utilizing Consistency, called Hongmeng in Chinese, Huawei stated. It also has roll-out plans for the OS in other gadgets till 2022.

Yu said Consistency will be open source and aims to be safer and more effective than existing ones in the market.


More than 4,000 Huawei developers have actually been working on Harmony, according to Yu. Individuals familiar with its advancement at Huawei stated Consistency was not being established to match Android, however was more like Google’s Fuchsia – an open source OS being developed at the American company for devices that could consist of whatever from mobile phones to Internet-of-Things gadgets.

Yu pointed out Google’s Fuchsia multiple times throughout his speech, which was made to countless attendees in a basketball stadium in the city. VIP tickets for the conference were priced upwards of 4,298 yuan ($608.90).

He also stated it would be difficult for Huawei to satisfy its previous goal of becoming the world’s greatest smart device maker by deliveries this year due to the U.S. curbs enforced in May, but anticipates to be able to keep the No. 2 area.

The business would have had the ability to deliver 300 million smart devices this year without such restrictions. It delivered 118 million units in the first-half.

Reporting by Brenda Goh and Sijia Jiang; Modifying by Miyoung Kim, Muralikumar Anantharaman and Keith Dam

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