Richard Yu, head of Huawei's consumer business, unveils the company's new HarmonyOS operating system during a press conference in Dongguan, Guangdong province on August 9, 2019.
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Huawei Friday unveiled a smartphone operating system that it said can replace Google's Android, adding to the tech giant's efforts to insulate itself against U.S. sanctions.U.S. curbs imposed in May threatened Huawei's smartphone sales by limiting access to Android and blocking Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., from supporting music and other services based on the system. Washington has labeled Huawei a security threat, an accusation the company denies.Huawei spends about $12 billion a year on U.S. semiconductor chips and other components. Yu said Huawei's first device using HarmonyOS would be released Saturday under its Honor brand.
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