Rotating Chairman Eric Xu Cheejun said at a press conference during an event Huawei Connect 2021 Huawei is not going to give up or sell its mobile phone business.
Chejun explained that the company’s mobile phone business is facing enormous challenges due to the sanctions imposed by the United States.
“It is difficult nowadays to be able to buy Huawei branded phones,” he said. But Huawei will never give up on the mobile phone business.
The company sold its Honor smartphone brand last November to a consortium after months of struggle as the United States cut key chips and software exported to the company in a bid to ease production pressures.
The company still owns its branded cell phones that are fed with previously stock chips.
The company continues to make efforts to expand its mobile business, according to the CEO. However, it may take several years for the company’s mobile business to get back on track again.
The company is focusing on two operating systems, HarmonyOS and openEuler at the same time, both of which are open source. This is in an attempt to solve the domestic chokehold problem of its lack of an operating system.
While Harmony is used in smart terminals, IoT terminals and industrial terminals. It is used by openEuler in servers, edge computing and cloud infrastructure.
The two operating systems can cover different scenarios to solve the current situation of operating system shortage in China.
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Huawei focuses on HarmonyOS
The company initially announced openEuler back in 2019 as an open source operating system. The company is now preparing to launch the new openEuler operating system.
The move is also part of the company’s efforts to transform itself into a service provider rather than a hardware maker amid the US chip ban.
The company has launched 11 innovative scenario-based solutions for clients ranging from public services, transportation, finance and energy to manufacturing sectors, indicating its ambition to enable digitization in every industry with its ICT capabilities.
Launched four years ago, Huawei Cloud has collected more than 2.3 million developers, 14,000 consulting partners and 6000 technology partners, and has enabled more than 4,500 services in the company’s market.
In response to a question about whether Huawei has made up some of its losses in the traditional smartphone business from its fledgling cloud unit, the company said its cloud business is still suffering from losses. But the cloud business is growing rapidly.
Harmony OS has been installed in more than 120 million phones so far. The company estimated that the number could exceed 300 million by the end of the year.
The company said it would not manufacture the cars. This is despite the fact that a large number of technology companies have announced their participation in the auto industry in recent years.
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