Huawei Technologies plans to introduce its Harmony operating system, seen as the company’s best bet, to replace Google’s Android mobile operating system, on to smartphones next year, the head of its consumer business group said on Thursday.
Richard Yu made the comments at the company’s annual developers conference in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan.
He also said the company plans to open to developers a beta version of the system for smartphones in December.
Referring to the latest round of sanctions from the US targeting Huawei’s ability to source chips for its phones, Yu was quoted as saying, “This has caused a huge crisis for us. We are working day and night to solve the problem… we can still hold on for a while, but it is indeed a difficult period when your own designed good chips cannot be produced, and other people’s chips cannot be sold to us. The status quo does not represent the future. In 5G, we are now far ahead.”