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Harmony OS: what you need to know about Huawei’s new operating system

January 17, 2020

Huawei’s CEO announced Harmony OS in August 2019, as the company’s new cross-device operating system that could bring about the next phase of Huawei’s tech dominance

The announcement was clearly a thinly-veiled response to political events over the last year, but the message is clear – if Huawei has to ditch Android, down the line, it can.

Harmony OS is related to, but not exactly the same as, the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), replacements to Google’s apps that the company is working on in an effort to work pass the Huawei ban. These are apps that would go on its smartphones like the Huawei P40 or Mate 40, and there’s certainly a ticking clock element in Huawei resuscitating its phone division before people associate it too much with the ban from Google apps.

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