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No HarmonyOS smartphone until 2021: Huawei CEO

Huawei may not ship HarmonyOS phones. (Source: Huawei)
Huawei may not ship HarmonyOS phones. (Source: Huawei)
Huawei has been rumored to release the first phone with HarmonyOS - its contingency against the loss of access to Android - out of the box by the end of 2020. However, the CEO of its Consumer Business Group has reportedly confirmed that this will not be the case. Speaking at a Chinese conference, the executive indicated that this plan might be implemented in 2021 instead.

HarmonyOS is Huawei's in-house operating system project implemented by this OEM in response to restrictions imposed on it by the current US administration that may affect its ability to use Android as most non-Apple smartphone companies do. However, it is yet to use it as the default software on any of its devices.

An earlier report had indicated Huawei might do just this by the end of 2020, even though Huawei has stuck to the line that it would prefer to continue using Android and Google's mobile service ecosystem. However, Yu Chengdong (also known as Richard Yu), the OEM's consumer business CEO, has reportedly refuted this projection.

Yu reportedly made a statement to this effect in response to questions at the Yabuli Forum Qingdao Summit in China. However, he followed it up with a comment to the effect that such a smartphone might be released in 2021. This device is currently thought to be an affordable product, yet one that will support 5G connectivity.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-08-30 (Update: 2020-08-30)