According to Russian media reports, due to U.S. sanctions, Google has stopped certifying Android-based smartphones from Russia’s BQ company. The report also claims that the company is now testing China’s Huawei’s HarmonyOS. Furthermore, there are claims that the company will release a smartphone with this system in the second half of the year. However, in a recent report, Huawei responded that it has no plans to launch HarmonyOS smartphones in foreign markets.
Huawei said: “Since its release, HarmonyOS has been loved by a large number of consumers. By the end of 2021, 220 million Huawei devices have been equipped with HarmonyOS. We are very grateful for everyone’s interest and expectations for HarmonyOS. However, there are no plans to launch a phone with HarmonyOS overseas for now.”
Many people are now using this statement to claim that Russia’s BQ will not use HarmonyOS. However, this is not the case. Huawei’s statement above is with reference to its own smartphones. Huawei has no plans to launch a Huawei smartphone with HarmonyOS in foreign markets for now. This does not mean that a foreign brand can not use HarmonyOS outside of China.
Vladimir Buzanov, general manager of Russia’s BQ company, previously stated that they had received a notice from Google that U.S. law prohibits the provision of services to Russia, including export, re-export, and the provision of U.S.-origin software and technology to Russia. Buzanov said already certified devices will continue to function normally. However, new devices may have issues with Android.
“All certified devices will continue to work, and new devices may have issues with Android,” Buzanov said.
In August 2019, Huawei officially released HarmonyOS, a distributed operating system for all scenarios. A year later, Huawei launched HarmonyOS 2.0. The new operating system from Huawei is a system that can support multiple devices and multiple hardware. It can support a mobile phone, tablet, watch, car, Internet of Things (IoT), or other devices. With only one system, it can connect with several other systems.
It can cover memory as small as 128K and as large as 4GB or more large and small smart terminal devices. A major feature of this system is that it makes full use of distributed technology, allowing users to freely combine hardware and integrate multiple terminals. In response to the problem of multi-device connection, HarmonyOS brings a unified control center, which adopts a card-type design, with a simple interface and is easy to use.