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China’s Shenzhen Launches New Plan to Boost Huawei’s HarmonyOS

The local government of Shenzhen, China has launched a new plan to greatly strengthen Huawei’s HarmonyOS software ecosystem. The ultimate goal is to increase the competitiveness of HarmonyOS against foreign operating systems.

HarmonyOS, which is largely based on the open-source version of Android, helped Huawei mitigate the impact of tough US sanctions and continue producing flagship smartphones. Later, HarmonyOS was introduced to a number of other devices such as computers, tablets, smartwatches, and even TVs.

Analysts say that HarmonyOS is a competitive operating system in the Chinese mobile market; however, the lack of applications like Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube means that Huawei’s operating system has little to offer in major markets like Europe and the US.

According to a report by the Xinhua News Agency, China likely has big and broad plans for HarmonyOS, and from this country’s perspective, Huawei’s proprietary operating system is the best alternative to Android, iOS, Windows, and macOS.

The new plan of the Shenzhen local government has several goals. One of the major goals is for HarmonyOS native applications to capture more than 10% of the Chinese app market by the end of 2024.

Shenzhen city officials want to build at least two specialized industrial parks for HarmonyOS software development. In addition, more than 1,000 software companies in Shenzhen should have the talent to develop HarmonyOS. Shenzhen is aiming to increase the number of HarmonyOS developers to 500,000.

HarmonyOS is an open-source operating system; therefore, everyone can develop it. This feature allows HarmonyOS to be considered a worthy competitor to Android and iOS in the Chinese market.

Huawei is working with developers to build native applications exclusively for HarmonyOS and is looking to create three million new jobs in the process. The number of native HarmonyOS applications is said to have passed 4,000.

Huawei wants to bring more than 5,000 native applications into the HarmonyOS ecosystem so that people in China can do all their work with the operating system’s native software and not need other software.

 

Analysis:

The new plan by the Shenzhen government is a significant step in Huawei’s efforts to make HarmonyOS a major player in the global operating system market. The plan’s focus on developing native applications and creating a strong developer community is essential for HarmonyOS to succeed.

If Huawei is able to achieve its goals, HarmonyOS could become a major force in the global operating system market. This would have a significant impact on the competitive landscape, as it would give Huawei a major platform to compete with Google, Apple, and Microsoft.

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