Huawei rolls out Harmony OS 3 to take on Google Android
Huawei said HarmonyOS 3 will be available for more devices from September
Beijing: In a bid to tackle tech giant Google’s Android operating system amid ongoing US sanctions, Chinese conglomerate Huawei has unveiled an upgraded version of its own operating system, HarmonyOS 3.
According to the South China Morning Post, the company’s third-generation operating system is designed to deliver a more seamless experience across all devices, including smartphones, tablets, printers, cars, and smart home devices like than televisions.
The company said HarmonyOS 3 will be available for more devices starting in September.
Huawei launched the original HarmonyOS in August 2019three months after the company was added to the US trade blacklist, preventing it from buying software, chips and other technology from US companies.
Shortly after the ban was announced, Google stopped providing its suite of mobile software services to Huawei.
The first device launched with HarmonyOS was a smart TV unveiled in August 2019 by Honor, then a subsidiary of Huawei. HarmonyOS 2.0, Huawei’s second-generation operating system, was adopted by the company’s smartphones last year, while the car-specific HarmonyOS Smart Cockpit can be found on an electric vehicle launched in China earlier. this year, co-developed with national car brand Seres.
According to Richard Yu Chengdong, General Manager of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, to date, more than 300 million Huawei devices have been equipped with different versions of HarmonyOS.
Huawei also announced the launch of Petal Chuxing, a ridesharing platform that brings together third-party service providers. Running on HarmonyOS 3, the new app is compatible with multiple Huawei devices, including smartphones, watches and tablets, according to the report.
While Huawei said Petal Chuxing “is not intended to compete with anyone”, the app marks the company’s entry into a field led by Didi Chuxing, who was recently fined $1. $.2 billion by Chinese regulators following a year-long cybersecurity probe.
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