Huawei unveils its first smartphone with HarmonyOS


China’s Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd has finally unveiled its first smartphone that is not powered by Google Android but HarmonyOS.

HarmonyOS is Huawei’s operating system that is to likely replace Google’s Android after the Chinese telecoms giant was barred from the platform by Alphabet Inc.

“We could have done better, but due to the challenges we face in the international market, our shipments dropped a bit,” Yu said.

Huawei reported that sales in the six months through June rose 23.2% over a year earlier to 401.3 billion yuan ($58.3 billion). That was up from 2018 growth of 19.5%, but Chairman Liang Hua warned Huawei will “face difficulties” in the second half.

While Huawei said it wants to keep using Android, Richard Yu, CEO of its consumer device unit, said at a conference for software developers in the southern city of Dongguan monitored by AP.

“However, if we cannot use it in the future we can immediately switch to HarmonyOS,” Yu said. He said that could be done in as little as two days if needed.

It would be recalled that Huawei was barred by the U.S. over its links with the Chinese Communist Party and China’s intelligence community. Huawei has denied all the allegations as baseless and that it will not allow any backdoor access to its networks.