Huawei unveils Harmony, its answer to Android, in survival bid

Huawei unveils Harmony, its answer to Android, in survival bid

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A man walks past a sign board of Huawei at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Asia 2018 in Shanghai, China (REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo)

By Raymond Zhong




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Huawei, the Chinese technology giant, on Friday unveiled its own mobile operating system, Harmony, in an effort to ensure that its fast-growing smartphone business can survive the United States government’s clampdown on the firm.


Huawei has been at the mercy of the Trump administration for the past three months, ever since the Commerce Department began requiring that American companies apply for special permission to sell parts and technology to the Chinese firm, which Washington officials accuse of being a potential conduit for cyberspying by Beijing. The move effectively choked off Huawei’s access to Google’s Android software and US-made microchips and other hardware components, and put a big question mark over Huawei’s future.


Although President Donald Trump said in June that he would loosen some of the restrictions to allow American companies to continue working with Huawei, economic ties between the United States and China have grown more tense since then, and the prospect of immediate relief for Huawei seems more distant.




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Unveiling Harmony at a Huawei developer conference in the southern city of Dongguan on Friday, Richard Yu, head of ..