Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Huawei delays launch of folding smartphone

Huawei delays launch of folding smartphone

After several years of steady, impressive growth in the global smartphone market, Huawei is seeing the very survival of its core businesses threatened by political tensions between the U.S. and China. According to FunkyHuawei, the company is already intensely testing this system.

Pang, however, denied the delay was due to the ban, saying Huawei was in the process of running certification tests with various carriers that were expected to be completed in August.

The operating system being developed by Huawei will need to run across its desktop and mobile platforms to ensure that it can continue to deliver smartphones and PC hardware to customers without the support of Microsoft and Google.

Huawei is getting closer, it seems, to the day when it will begin relying on a Plan B mobile operating system to replace the reliance it's enjoyed up to this point on Google's Android, which the Chinese consumer electronics giant is in danger of losing access to soon thanks to USA sanctions.

We have already seen media reports that consumers in some global markets were beginning to avoid Huawei products in view of concerns related to the reduced Google and Android support.

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HUAWEI HAS REPORTEDLY filed to trademark the name of its 'Hongmeng' OS around the globe. If it is installed on Huawei devices, they will not be able to access many Android apps because Sailfish's compatibility layer is far from ideal, as the outlet reports. Sailfish OS is also known to be compatible with Android apps as well. Samsung has yet to confirm when the Galaxy Fold will make its next appearance.

As a reminder, following the ban on Huawei in the US, Huawei has just three months during which it will receive Android updates. The longer it takes for these devices to hit the market, the more robust the competition will get.

Another thing that Google has to contend with is the possibility - not all that remote, if the Sino-US trade war goes out of hand - that Beijing orders all Chinese phone makers to shun foreign software and use HongMeng as their source for the operating system.

Pang denied recent media reports that Huawei was cancelling the roll out of its next new laptop and said it will still launch at a later date.

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