Abstract : Huawei officially unveiled its own operating system, HarmonyOS, for smartphones on Wednesday, offering a brand new choice for global customers in a digital world.
BEIJING, June 2 (Xinhua) — Huawei officially unveiled its own
operating system, HarmonyOS, for smartphones on Wednesday, offering a
brand new choice for global customers in a digital world.
The Chinese name of the system, Hongmeng, is borrowed from the
country’s mythology, meaning breaking free from chaos and starting
something new from scratch.
That is exactly the meaning Huawei intends to give to its new
product. The launch of HarmonyOS marks a breakthrough in Huawei’s drive
in ecosystem development by itself in the face of Washington’s
aggressive and unfounded sanctions. It also marks a significant step in
China’s independent tech innovation amid potential risk of a
technological de-coupling between the two countries pushed by
In addition to developing a new operating system, Huawei is also
working on in-car software and cloud computing, pivoting to software and
service business that does not rely on U.S. supply chains.
Given China’s massive domestic market, Huawei has rather ample space
to nurture its own ecosystem in collaboration with diverse application
developers and device manufacturers.
While the roll-out of Huawei’s operating system does not aim to
replace other mainstream peers, the rise of HarmonyOS can be considered
as the first step for Chinese tech companies to break the Western
monopoly on operation systems.
In a sense, the fledgling system was born thanks to immense external pressure that is still seeking to stifle Huawei.
For quite some time, the United States has been hyping up groundless
national security charges against Huawei and other Chinese tech firms,
imposed round after round of embargoes and coerced its allies, notably
those in Europe, into elbowing Huawei out of their 5G industries.
What those fearmongers and zero-summers in Washington have been
obsessive about is to let China remain technologically inferior to the
United States for as long as it can.
However, Washington’s moves to deny China’s legitimate rights to
develop in a technological capacity have shown themselves to be
ineffective as well as destructive.
On the one hand, attempting to shut out Chinese tech companies in an
increasingly digitalized and highly-connected world is hardly possible.
The birth of HarmonyOS is one example. Also, healthy competition between
Chinese and American tech firms can lead to progress and is good for
both sides and the rest of the world.
On the other hand, pushing Chinese firms out of the Western market
and the semiconductor supply chain would leave those countries behind in
the digital slow lane, damage their own industries, disrupt the global
industrial and supply chains and harm market openness in Western
Staying open and embracing cooperation as well as healthy
competition: that is the key to stimulating technological innovation in
today’s world. That is also how the United States has developed into one
of the world’s top technological powers.
It is thus in the shared interests of the international community for
the United States and other Western countries not to suppress China’s
technological development, but to accommodate it. Together, they can
make a huge difference for the well-being of humanity.
Although the HarmonyOS still has a long way to go before it can be an
alternative to iOS and Android, its development will bring about a
healthy competition. Customers across the world, whose needs have been
increasingly diverse, will stand to benefit the most. Enditem
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Source: Xinhua Commentary: HarmonyOS offers new choice in digital world