Huawei aims for Har­monyos de­vel­oper ecosys­tem

Un­yield­ing ef­forts ex­pected to help in­dus­try break US dom­i­na­tion

Global Times US Edition - - BIZUPDATE - By Wang Yi

Dur­ing its an­nual de­vel­oper con­fer­ence over the week­end, Huawei has shown its goal of mak­ing its Har­mony op­er­at­ing sys­tem (OS) a new hit and build­ing a global de­vel­oper ecosys­tem for it, in­stead of just mak­ing it a plan B to cush­ion the im­pact of the US at­tack on the com­pany.

In the face of in­creas­ing pres­sure from the US, the Chi­nese tech­nol­ogy gi­ant’s un­yield­ing ef­forts to build its own global soft­ware de­vel­oper ecosys­tem are ex­pected to pro­mote China’s elec­tronic in­for­ma­tion in­dus­try to break US dom­i­na­tion in OS devel­op­ment, an­a­lysts said.

Huawei is plan­ning to launch China’s first open­source foun­da­tion in a month or two, Wang Chenglu, pres­i­dent of the Huawei con­sumer busi­ness group’s soft­ware di­vi­sion, told the Global Times on Satur­day.

The Huawei Honor Smart Screen, the world’s first ter­mi­nal pow­ered by the Har­mony OS, was launched on Satur­day. The ter­mi­nal is equipped with three self-de­vel­oped chips, a built-in ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence cam­era and a 55-inch high-res­o­lu­tion screen.

The com­pany also re­vealed a cut­ting-edge “dig­i­tal re­al­ity” tech­nol­ogy “cy­ber­verse (cy­ber and uni­verse),” which can real­ize a mas­sive com­bi­na­tion of vir­tual re­al­ity and re­al­ity, on Sun­day at the Huawei De­vel­oper Con­fer­ence in Dongguan, South China’s Guang­dong Prov­ince.

The tech­nol­ogy will pro­vide ser­vices like high-pre­ci­sion maps at five sites in first-tier Chi­nese cities by the end of 2019, and ex­pand to 1,000 sites by the fourth quar­ter of 2020.

“Huawei will con­tinue to lead a broader ef­fort to build China’s soft­ware de­vel­oper ecosys­tem and com­plete in­dus­try chain for the elec­tronic in­for­ma­tion in­dus­try, rather than just launch its OS,” Xiang Li­gang, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Bei­jing-based In­for­ma­tion Con­sump­tion Al­liance, told the Global Times.

The Har­monyos is an open­source sys­tem, but with­out the sup­port of most ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­op­ers, it can’t grow at a rapid pace and nei­ther can the in­dus­try, Xiang said.

The Har­monyos was ini­tially seen as an al­ter­na­tive plan to deal with the risks of los­ing ac­cess to Google’s An­droid soft­ware and over­seas mar­ket share af­ter the US at­tack.

Huawei is con­fi­dent in keep­ing its over­seas mar­ket share and dis­played an am­bi­tion to make the Har­monyos suc­cess­ful.

Richard Yu Cheng­dong, CEO of Huawei’s con­sumer busi­ness, said that the Har­monyos can make Huawei’s de­vices functional again overnight, if the An­droid OS on the de­vices fails.

Huawei has ob­vi­ously en­tered a whole new stage of fully de­vel­op­ing its OS, de­vel­oper ecosys­tem and more ter­mi­nals equipped with the OS, a vet­eran in­dus­try an­a­lyst told the Global Times on con­di­tion of anonymity.

It will even­tu­ally build its In­ter­net of Things based on its lead­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems, rather than just fo­cus­ing on mo­bile phone prod­ucts, ac­cord­ing to the an­a­lyst.

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