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Coming soon: Huawei's new OS | TECH(feed)

Computerworld | Aug 6, 2019

Although the Huawei ban is no longer in full effect, U.S. companies still need a license to work with the Chinese tech company. And Huawei may be slowly preparing for life without U.S. vendor support by developing its own mobile operating system. In this episode of TECH(feed), Juliet talks about Huawei's growing China sales and the company's growing autonomy.

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HEY EVERYONE WELCOME BACK TO TECH FEED. IT WOULDN’T BE TECH FEED WITHOUT A STORY ABOUT HUAWEI. AND NO SURPRISE HERE, WE’VE GOT SOME UPDATES ABOUT THE TECH GIANT. STICK AROUND.

LET ME GET ONE THING OUT OF THE WAY BEFORE I START--THIS STORY IS NOT ABOUT THE HUAWEI BAN… MOSTLY. INSTEAD, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT SALES AND OPERATING SYSTEMS. THE HUAWEI BAN AFFECTED THE COMPANY’S SALES IN THE U-S AND EUROPE… BUT THE OPPOSITE IS GOING ON IN ITS HOME COUNTRY OF CHINA. REUTERS REPORTS THAT HUAWEI SMARTPHONE SALES ARE UP IN CHINA BY NEARLY A THIRD YEAR OVER YEAR. AND BUYERS POINT TO ADVERTISING AND NATIONAL MEDIA COVERAGE AS THE REASON FOR THEIR PURCHASE.

HUAWEI HAS BEEN PORTRAYED AS AN UNFAIR PAWN IN THE U-S AND CHINA TRADE WAR IN CHINESE MEDIA, LEADING SOME CONSUMERS TO SYMPATHIZE WITH THE COMPANY. AND WHEN IT’S BEEN TIME TO UPGRADE OR BUY A NEW PHONE, CHINESE
BUYERS HAVE BEEN TURNING TO HUAWEI IN SWARMS. APPLE SMARTPHONE SALES IN CHINA ARE DOWN, AS WELL AS SALES OF HUAWEI’S RIVALS.

BUT FAVORABLE MEDIA COVERAGE IS JUST ONE RESULT OF THE HUAWEI BAN. POTENTIAL TO BE CUT OFF FROM U-S BASED SUPPLIERS IS, OF COURSE, ANOTHER. AND WHILE U-S TECH COMPANIES CAN RESUME WORKING WITH HUAWEI SOON, THEY’LL NEED A LICENSE FROM THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT TO DO SO. SO THERE’S SOME DRAW FOR HUAWEI TO BECOME INDEPENDENT FROM U-S VENDORS--AND THAT INCLUDES GOOGLE.

GOOGLE’S ANDROID O-S POWERS…. A LOT OF PHONES. IF A PHONE’S NOT RUNNING APPLE’S I-O-S, IT’S VERY LIKELY RUNNING ANDROID. BUT IF TENSIONS BETWEEN THE U-S AND HUAWEI GROW HOSTILE ONCE AGAIN, IT’S NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION THAT GOOGLE WOULD HAVE TO WITHDRAW ANDROID SUPPORT FROM HUAWEI PHONES. HUAWEI’S FOUND A WAY AROUND THAT… BY DEVELOPING ITS OWN OPERATING SYSTEM. HONGMENG O-S IS COMING SOON… REALLY SOON. HUAWEI PLANS TO RELEASE A LOW-END SMARTPHONE POWERED BY HONGMENG O-S LATER THIS YEAR. IF ANYTHING CHANGES ABOUT HUAWEI’S RELATIONSHIP TO THE U-S, WE’LL KEEP YOU IN THE LOOP.

THANKS FOR WATCHING THIS EPISODE OF TECH FEED. IF YOU LIKED THIS VIDEO BE SURE TO GIVE IT A THUMBS UP AND SUBSCRIBE TO OUR CHANNEL. AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU’RE GOING TO GIVE HUAWEI’S O-S A TRY. I’LL BE OUT FOR THE NEXT WEEK OR SO ON VACATION, SO NO NEW TECH FEED EPISODES FOR A BIT… SEE YOU NEXT TIME.
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