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Aug 9, 2019 | 12:26 GMT

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China: Huawei Unveils New Operating System

What Happened: Chinese telecommunications company Huawei has unveiled its new operating system, called HarmonyOS, which will be the firm's primary operating system for personal computers, cars, smartwatches and other devices, Bloomberg reported Aug. 9. The company will continue to prioritize Android as the operating system for its smartphones, although it said it could quickly switch to the new HarmonyOS, if necessary.

Why It Matters: HarmonyOS will be an integral part of Huawei's strategy to reduce its reliance on U.S.-made software and technology, although the firm still requires considerable buy-in from app developers. Meanwhile, U.S. export controls have already reduced Huawei's smartphone shipments by 10 million units, and the company is preparing for a further, 60 million-unit decline in overseas shipments in the second half of the year, according to a company official.

Background: As Huawei remains dependent on technology from the United States and other countries, the U.S. Commerce Department's decision to blacklist the company has limited its access to global resources and supply chains.

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