Huawei has officially announced its operating system called HarmonyOS. In China the software will be known as HongmengOS. The company says the operating system can be used in everything from smartphones to smart speakers and internet-of-things devices like sensors.
— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) August 9, 2019
There has been a lot of speculation about Huawei’s in-house operating system ever since Google suspended the company’s Android license back in May, after the US government’s decision to put Huawei on the Entity List.
Now at the moment it is not clear how much need Huawei will have for its own in-house operating system going forward. Since placing Huawei on the Entity List, the Trump administration has since indicated that it’s willing to ease the restrictions on the company.
In July, senior officials said that the administration would grant licenses to deal with Huawei in instances where national security wouldn’t be impacted.
However, yesterday Bloomberg reported that the White House is delaying its decision about issuing these licenses in the wake of China’s decision to halt purchases of US farming goods.