A new year begins and things don’t look any better for Huawei. Even from the outset, Donald Trump left Huawei more obstacles, but that does not seem to intimidate him and continues to believe in the success of HarmonyOS.
As reported by Forbes, Huawei sees 2021 as the year of expansion for its operating system. By the end of this year, the Chinese expects to have between 300 and 400 million devices running HarmonyOS on the market.
It is Wang Chenglu, director of software at Huawei, who moves forward with this bold goal. This is a “historic moment” for Chinese technology, says the executive. It will be the beginning of a “Chinese ecosystem that is expected to be distant and prosperous”.
Only 200 million devices will be Huawei’s
Of the goal set by the Chinese, it is important to note that only half will include devices developed by the company itself. Huawei expects to place only 200 million devices on the market running its new operating system.
The rest will include devices developed by third parties, possibly connected to the IoT (Internet of Things). It is thus the conviction of Chinese technology that HarmonyOS will be attractive enough for many companies to join its ecosystem throughout this year.
Just as Huawei was largely responsible for the success of Android, the company is confident of the huge success of HarmonyOS. Even in a hostile environment like the one she faces, the conviction is one of survival.
HarmonyOS is not a copy of Android
Many classify HarmonyOS as a response to restrictions imposed by the US government. In this sense, Huawei reiterates that this is not true.
HarmonyOS “is not a copy of Android, nor is it a copy of iOS,” says Wang Chenglu, director of software at Huawei. Huawei’s new operating system is classified as panoramic and truly oriented towards IoT devices.
Wang classifies Android and iOS as operating systems designed with the smartphone in mind. In contrast, “Harmony is an integrated operating system for multiple platforms, not a phone operating system (awkwardly) adapted for other uses.”.
“1 + 8 + n”: Huawei’s strategy for HarmonyOS
When Huawei introduced its software, it introduced its “1 + 8 + n” strategy. The “1” consists of the users’ smartphone: the “8” consists of their smart devices (TV, PC or wearables); and the “n” represents the remaining IoT equipment.
This is the mirror of the scope that Huawei hopes to achieve with the introduction of HarmonyOS in the market. Cover a wide range of intelligent equipment and increasingly an important part of the daily lives of its users.
However, everything can derail if its influence on the smartphone market continues to decline. It is increasingly difficult for Huawei to develop its mobile devices, being increasingly isolated from its usual suppliers.
A new American administration is about to take office, but many believe that this will not represent a reversal of trends for Huawei. It is not yet certain that Joe Biden reverses the sanctions imposed by Donald Trump in recent years, keeping Chinese technology in an atmosphere of uncertainty.
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