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Huawei Says its Own Operating System Harmony OS Will Come to Smartphones Next Year

After all the hullabaloo over the last couple of years, it seems as though the rivalry between Huawei and its archrival Apple may finally have a resolution.

A report from Bloomberg says the Chinese company is set to offer a smartphone running its own Android operating system in 2020, moving further away from its reliance on the Google Play Store. Instead, like the Samsung devices, most of its devices will run Huawei’s own system called HarmonyOS, which will have a single menu.

The name actually suggests that the phone will not only come from Huawei, but also that its operating system will be capable of running any apps you download from the Google Play Store.

As it stands, the product known as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro — which was revealed today — is the only device with an official operating system from the company.

Huawei, however, has not divulged an official timetable. A release for the new system has not been scheduled, and a Huawei spokesman declined to comment when asked by Bloomberg for details about the HarmonyOS.

It makes sense for the manufacturer to get away from the Google Play Store. After all, Apple and Samsung have had the advantage of successfully curating their own app store, so it makes sense for others to follow suit.

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