“Despite the hardships, Huawei posted RMB 401.3 billion ($58.3 billion) in revenue in the first half of 2019, which is a 23.2 percent year-on-year growth”
Huawei was backlisted by the US Commerce Department back in May owing to the allegations that the brand was spying for the Chinese government using its networking equipment. This resulted in the US companies breaking off ties with the Chinese corporation and also eventually lost access to Google’s services as well. The recently launched Mate 30-series though runs on AOSP (Android Open Source Project), doesn’t have support for Google services out of the box. Huawei revealed that it was working on an alternative since 2012. Huawei’s OS is called HarmonyOS, and the company also introduced Honor Vision TV that runs the in-house operating system. This means the OS isn’t entirely ready for smartphone form factor in the current stage.
Now, in an interview with the Fortune Magazine back in September, Huawei CEO, Ren Zhengfei claimed that the in-house operating system would compete with Apple’s iOS in just two years. “I think it will take less than two to three years. Since I’m part of the company’s leadership, I need to be a bit more conservative when discussing timelines. Otherwise, I may end up putting too much pressure on our staff.” The executive also admitted that Huawei is currently witnessing a drop of $10 billion in the expected sales revenue because it can’t use Google services on its smartphones.
Furthermore, talking about the future of Google and Huawei, Ren said, “We still hope to continue to use google’s operating system, and we remain committed to friendly cooperation with google. We need to further improve in terms of software. we’re somewhat weak when it comes to big software architecture.” Despite the hardships, Huawei posted RMB 401.3 billion (around $58.3 billion) in revenue in the first half of 2019, which is a 23.2 percent year-on-year growth.