10 December 2019
It has been a couple of weeks since Huawei introduced its homegrown Harmony OS to the world. It is an operating system that is said to be meant for IoT devices with no plans of bringing it to smartphones yet. This latter part is what Huawei has corroborated again in a conversation with CNET on the sidelines of a New York event.
Vincent Yang, Senior Vice President of Huawei, told the publication that they have no plans of releasing a Harmony OS-powered smartphone this year. He said that Huawei wants to stay committed to one ecosystem and one standard which currently happens to be Google's Android. Like it was mentioned during Huawei Developer Conference 2019 presentation, he reiterated the statement that they will not release a smartphone with Harmony OS unless they are left with no other choice.
It essentially means that unless Huawei is banned from using Android, it will continue with Google's operating system which it currently uses in the form of EMUI and Magic UI. This strange and complicated situation between Huawei and U.S. companies is because of the ongoing tussle between the U.S. government and China. The Trump administration imposed a ban on Huawei and prohibited any kind of trade between the Chinese tech giant and U.S. businesses.
Even though the ban was not lifted, the administration offered Huawei a 90-day reprieve allowing to continue its business. This relief period expired on August 19th but was extended to another 90 days. It means Huawei is currently allowed to deal with the U.S. companies until November 2019 unless there is another extension or complete ban removal. It should be noted that the ban not only affects Huawei phones but also phones released by its sub-brand Honor.