The impact of the Trump administration’s blacklisting of Huawei was laid bare on Thursday as the Chinese company unveiled a flagship Android-powered smartphone that lacks any licensed Google apps.
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Huawei Technologies took the wraps off its HarmonyOS operating system Friday, offering the first glimpses of in-house software that may someday replace Google’s Android and reduce its reliance on American technology.
Huawei’s consumer chief has dismissed US “political forces” and attempts to crimp the company’s growth, saying sales of smartphones and other devices surged by about 50% to a record $52-billion in 2018.
Chinese technology giant Huawei has announced plans for a next-generation smartphone that will use its own technology instead of US components, manoeuvring to gain a competitive edge and sidestep complaints it is a security risk.
Huawei Technologies, which just edged past Apple to become the world’s second largest smartphone maker, wants to be top of the heap before the end of 2019.