A few years ago, Huawei smartphones were growing like a viral disease and were being sold in markets around the world. But as the only vaccine that could stop Huawei’s expansion, the United States stepped in in 2019 to prevent the Chinese company from advancing further. The bans imposed by the United States made it impossible for American companies to cooperate with Huawei without obtaining a license from the Department of Commerce. But Huawei did not give up despite the bans and now HarmonyOS operating system It is expanding at an incredible rate.
A ban that led to the birth of HarmonyOS
Huawei’s ban in a global market that is heavily dependent on Google Play services has hit the company hard. Because Huawei smartphone users around the world do not have access to Google services.
At that time, Huawei was leading the way compared to other phone manufacturers in the world. But after the imposition of sanctions, the lack of Google services had a great impact on the continued activity of this company. Therefore, Huawei had no choice but to come up with an exclusive alternative. Of course, this was not what the United States expected. They wanted to completely cripple this Chinese tech giant.
A few months after the initial ban, the US Department of Commerce imposed another ban on Huawei. In addition to American companies, the ban also required Chinese companies to obtain a license to work with Huawei as long as they use technologies made in the United States.
Huawei’s business has gone downhill!
The bans imposed by the United States were so damaging that the Chinese tech giant finally fell to its knees. Because no manufacturer is completely independent and one or more companies or other countries are definitely needed to produce products.
Before the bans, Huawei’s Kirin chipset was one of the best in the market at the time in terms of battery life, speed, thermal management and network connectivity. For example, the Kirin 9000 achieved the highest score in Antoto’s benchmark in 2020, beating powerful rival chips such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 and Apple’s A14 Bionic.
But despite the second ban, Huawei could no longer access its proprietary chipset. Because Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the company that produced Huawei’s Kirin chips, was also unable to cooperate with Huawei due to the second ban. Because although TSMC is not an American company, some parts of the processor manufacturing process in this facility use technologies developed in the United States. Hence, TSMC also needed special permission from the Commerce Department to continue manufacturing Kirin chips for Huawei.
This forced Huawei to look for alternative solutions to supply the chipset. Fortunately, the US government opened a window for the Chinese company to use Snapdragon chipsets. So Huawei got access to Snapdragon chips with limitations. This means that the Chinese company only has access to the 4G version of Qualcomm’s processors, and all 5G chips are still banned.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 4G chips may not seem like enough for any company at this point, but Huawei is still going strong with access to the same processors. Huawei is becoming more and more active with the possibility of using Qualcomm’s system-on-chips.
The birth of the HarmonyOS operating system
A major part of Huawei’s growing market is its new operating system, HarmonyOS. After the US embargo, Huawei immediately turned its focus to the HarmonyOS operating system. They believed that the nature of this operating system could help them create an ecosystem that would not only sustain their business, but also bring other manufacturers into the arena.
According to the reports that Huawei has recently published, it seems that everything is going as planned by the company. Not only is HarmonyOS being used on more Huawei devices, but more manufacturers are also getting on board.
Huawei released HarmonyOS 3.0 this year with many new and exciting features. The operating system now works much more smoothly and the user interface animations are significantly better. According to reports, the number of smartphones using Huawei’s operating system has now exceeded 320 million.
This means that HarmonyOS currently has an annual growth rate of 113%. This ensures the position of the exclusive Chinese operating system as the third largest mobile operating system in the world. Moreover, HarmonyOS is currently the fastest growing mobile operating system in the world.
Another area where HarmonyOS seems to be expanding rapidly is with third-party installations. When Huawei launched HarmonyOS in 2019, it made it clear that its new operating system wasn’t just designed for Huawei devices. They explained that HarmonyOS can be installed on third-party products such as refrigerators, microwaves, smart bulbs, TVs, and many more.
According to reports, Huawei HarmonyOS has so far been installed by more than 250 million third-party products. This figure has increased by 212% compared to last year. Of course, the story does not end here. It seems that more and more third-party manufacturers are planning to use Huawei OS in their products. Therefore, it is expected that next time we will encounter bigger numbers and percentages.
Another report has been published about the Huawei application market called App Gallery. This report shows that Huawei continues to invest in this store.
It is reported that Huawei’s App Gallery now has more than 220,000 apps. This number is nowhere near the numbers of the App Store and Google Play Store. But considering that this app is so new, it’s still an outstanding achievement. Also, this store has managed to provide services to more than 580 million monthly active users.
App Gallery is now the third largest app marketplace in the world
Huawei’s App Gallery has won the title of the third largest application market in the world. The bigger the store gets, the more popular it will be and as a result more developers will join it.
This clearly shows how strong Huawei is and of course how demanding its fans are. Huawei is a big, rich and very advanced company. Although the US ban has slowed the company down, it’s still going strong. The company is determined to turn things around and continue to grow in various areas of technology.
- Introducing the new functionality of the HarmonyOS 3.0 operating system
- The list of the first devices compatible with HarmonyOS 3.0 has been published