Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Huawei delays global launch of foldable phone by 3 months

Huawei delays global launch of foldable phone by 3 months

US State Department director for global communications policy Jonathan Fritz said that only time would show if Huawei could diversify.

The Chinese technology giant has to seek ways to replace Google's Android operating system (OS) after the U.S. company made a decision to comply with Washington's ban on trading with Huawei without government approval.

Alphabet Inc's Google has earlier said it would no longer provide Android software for Huawei phones after a 90-day reprieve granted by the US government expires in August.

Huawei is reportedly delaying the release of its $2,600 Mate X.

Huawei's latest system in its flagship smartphones is EMUI 9.1 on top of Android 9 Pie system.

Following the decision, Google announced that it was cutting off Huawei from its Android updates, although that decision was postponed for three months after US Commerce Department granted the Chinese firm a temporary general license to update its existing devices.

"Huawei is in the process of potentially launching a replacement", Williamson told Reuters, adding: "Presumably we'll be trying to put trademarks". Some reports suggest that could be as soon as October this year.

Williamson also confirmed that Huawei is filing for trademarks around the world in order to protect the name and use of its operating system, in addition to talking about financial forecasts. The in-house software is said to be compatible with all Android applications and has "increased security functions to protect personal data", according to media reports. According to FunkyHuawei, the company is already intensely testing this system.

It appears that Huawei' is more "cautious" because of what happened with the Galaxy Fold.

Android now holds more than 80 percent of smartphone OS market share, but a lot of it is accounted for Chinese smartphone makers who used the open-sourced Android system to build their own platforms, as Chinese government does not allow Google to provide services in the nation. The longer it takes for these devices to hit the market, the more robust the competition will get. The two superpowers are, of course, in the midst of an escalating trade war after the United States failed to secure a trade deal with China.

The company is developing its own OS plan B, dubbed Hongmeng in China and Ark outside it.

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