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Huawei's Harmony may challenge Android-Apple duopoly

Friday, June 4, 2021

Significance

The firm reportedly expects 300 million smartphones, tablets and other connected devices to run on this. If the OS succeeds, it could become a major competitor for Western technology, especially Apple's iOS and the Android operating system, in China and in the developing world. It has limited prospects of success in developed markets.

Impacts

  • HarmonyOS may provide a platform for the internationalisation of other Chinese products and services.
  • Chinese hardware manufacturers face a tough choice between using existing global technologies or sanctions-proof indigenous counterparts.
  • Beijing could diplomatically support the internationalisation of HarmonyOS.

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