- Tram Ho
Huawei is actively pushing to bring its new mobile platform, HarmonyOS, into the mainstream, helping the telecom giant get around US trade sanctions. The company has attracted thousands of partners in the field of home electronics, but failed to pull any major Chinese smartphone company to accept its new operating system.
At the HarmonyOS 2 online launch on June 2, Richard Yu Chendong, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business, said that the company has cooperated with more than 1,000 hardware manufacturers, 500,000 application developers and more. 300 carriers, to enable the company’s mobile operating system to run on more smart devices than Google’s Android.
Some of the partners announced by Huawei include Chinese home appliance makers Midea Group, Joyoung and Supor, TV maker Skyworth, drone giant DJI and watch maker Switzerland Tissot.
Richard Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business division, led the online launch of the HarmonyOS mobile platform on June 2, 2021.
But top Chinese Android smartphone makers such as Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo were not mentioned. Vivo says it has no information to share about HarmonyOS. Xiaomi and Oppo did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Honor, Huawei’s former subsidiary, said it would keep “options open” on the matter. In other words, Honor will still use Android and “may consider” to use HarmonyOS in the future.
“We are currently using the Android ecosystem and will pay close attention to the progress and development of the HarmonyOS ecosystem,” said an Honor representative.
Huawei, the Shenzhen-based company, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker and formerly China’s largest smartphone supplier, is one of the companies most troubled amid the global financial crisis. Sino-American tensions increase.
After being blacklisted in the US in May 2019, the company invested heavily in the development of HarmonyOS to protect its smartphone business from trade restrictions and competition. with other major Chinese Android smartphone vendors.
And according to industry analysts, Huawei is facing an uphill battle to convince other smartphone makers to change from Android to HarmonyOS. Meanwhile, Huawei is setting huge expectations when targeting up to 300 million devices running HarmonyOS 2 this year.
Huawei is expected to have up to 300 million devices running the HarmonyOS mobile platform this year.
So why are these manufacturers not interested in HarmonyOS?
There are three main reasons often mentioned, the first and most profound lies in the suspicion of the HarmonyOS system. These doubts are mainly related to functions, since after all, Android has been out for more than 10 years, so manufacturers will have more peace of mind using it than a newly launched operating system.
The second is the ecosystem aspect, which includes not only the number of applications, but also many APIs, interfaces, basic capabilities… The new HarmonyOS is at the beginning, and obviously it cannot. stand on the same level as Android. Meanwhile, Huawei claims app developers will benefit from HarmonyOS, as the costs associated with using it are lower than Android. However, this point of view of Huawei still needs time to give an answer.
Ultimately, it’s the fact that Huawei is having a competitive relationship with other manufacturers. For example, Xiaomi, a direct competitor that has been gaining market share in the smartphone market of Huawei, will certainly not want to use a rival operating system and risk being dependent. Meanwhile, Google has no competition with smartphone manufacturers using Android in China. The idea of using two operating systems Android and HarmonyOS in parallel – one for the domestic market and one for the foreign market – is also difficult to come true, because it will lead to high costs incurred.
But, all is still too early to judge. As long as the HarmonyOS system is good enough, Chinese smartphone manufacturers are likely to use it in the future. Apple and Google also didn’t build their empires in one day.
Refer to SCMP
Source : Genk