Trying to face the tech giant The Google‘s Android Operating system amid ongoing US sanctions, a Chinese conglomerate Huawei He unveiled an upgraded version of his operating system – HarmonyOS 3.0.
According to the South China Morning Post, the company’s third-generation operating system is designed to provide a smoother experience across devices, including smartphones, tablets, printers, cars, and smart home devices like TVs.
The company said that HarmonyOS 3 will be available for more devices starting in September.
Huawei launched the original HarmonyOS in August 2019, three months after adding the company to a US trade blacklist, preventing it from buying software, chips and other technology from US companies.
Shortly after the ban was announced, Google stopped providing its suite of mobile software services to Huawei.
The first device launched with HarmonyOS was a smart TV, which was unveiled in August 2019 by then Huawei subsidiary Honor. Huawei’s second-generation operating system was adopted by the company’s smartphones last year, while the car’s HarmonyOS Smart Cockpit can be found on an electric vehicle launched in China earlier this year, co-developed with local auto brand Seres.
according to Richard Yu Cheng Dong, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, to date, more than 300 million Huawei devices are equipped with various versions of HarmonyOS.
Huawei also announced the launch of Chuxing petal, which is a ride-hailing platform that brings together third-party service providers. The report said that the new app is compatible with many Huawei devices, including smartphones, watches, and tablets.
While Huawei said Petal Chuxing “is not intended to compete with anyone,” the app marks the company’s entry into a field led by Didi Chuxingwhich was recently fined $1.2 billion by Chinese regulators after a year-long cybersecurity investigation.