Huawei announces first devices running in-house HarmonyOS

Chinese language telecom large, Huawei, has introduced the first vary of devices that run on its in-house HarmonyOS working system. This contains two new tablets and a smartwatch.

The corporate’s HarmonyOS is an working system that’s supposed to interchange Android on its devices, after the US commerce ban on the corporate barred it from utilizing the Google-run platform..

Google withdrew its Android license from Huawei after the commerce ban, which implies the Chinese language large is now not capable of set up native Google apps on its devices out of the field. HarmonyOS comes with its personal app retailer, known as the App Gallery, which is supposed to interchange the Google Play Retailer. Whereas devices running on the platform aren’t obtainable in India but, it’ll play a key function in Huawei’s future. The working system is meant to run throughout system sorts, together with smartphones, laptops, TVs and extra.

The brand new devices embrace the MatePad Professional and MatePad 11 tablets, and the Huawei Watch 3 smartwatch.

The truth that Huawei received’t be capable of use Android on its devices has already affected its enterprise over the previous yr. In accordance with April 2021 knowledge from Counterpoint Analysis, the corporate’s market share fell to 4% within the first quarter of 2021 as in comparison with 8% within the fourth quarter of 2020. It had 17% market share at first of final yr, and the corporate even took the highest spot out there for a short interval final yr.

Apparently, the brand new tablets nonetheless use chips from Qualcomm, regardless of American firms being barred from doing enterprise with the telecom large. The MatePad Professional (which will probably be bought in 12.6 inch and 10.8 inch variants) will run on the Snapdragon 870 chips from Qualcomm. Alternatively, the MatePad 11 runs on the Snapdragon 865 chips. In accordance with a letter from the India Mobile and Electronics Affiliation (ICEA) to the federal government in March, Huawei had procured two years’ price of chips earlier than September final yr, it’s doable that the chips on these new devices are a part of that offer.

The corporate additionally makes its personal chips underneath the HiSilicon model, however has additionally confronted issues running that enterprise, as a result of sanctions. Huawei’s deputy chairman Eric Xu Zhijun, had stated at an analyst summit in April, that the corporate had sufficient chip stock in the meanwhile and can preserve the HiSilicon unit running for so long as doable.

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