Huawei is set to ship its recently launched Mate 30 series sans Google apps, and it could affect the sales volume of the company. To overcome the situation, the Chinese smartphone maker is looking for alternatives. Speaking of which, HarmonyOS is long rumored to replace Android on Huawei devices.
During an interview, Huawei’s CEO Ren Zhengfei said that the ban imposed by the US authorities on Huawei would “not [have] much impact” on the company. Instead, he says, the ban will be tough on the US.
He said, “For us, it doesn’t have much impact…the US has more to worry about.”
Talking about HarmonyOS, Zhengfei said that it is meant for IoT devices at the moment. But in two to three years, HarmonyOS will compete with iOS and other rivals.
“We need to further improve in terms of software. We’re somewhat weak when it comes to big software architecture,” he added.
The CEO reiterated that Huawei looks forward to working with Google, and the company is committed to friendly cooperation with the search giant. Huawei has already said that it has no plans to launch a smartphone with HarmonyOS as of now. Right now, all we have is a smart TV named Honor Vision that runs Huawei’s ambitious operating system.
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However, the ban could turn the tide, and the company would be forced to introduce its home-made OS in its future smartphones.
Moreover, recently, Chinese developers criticized HarmonyOS and said that Huawei launched the OS just for the sake of publicity. Many developers complained that the Ark compiler that plays the role of porting an Android app to Huawei’s OS is far from perfect.
Ren Zhengfei’s statement, on the other side, paints a different picture. It remains to be seen how the company will move forward from the critical situation it s facing at the moment.