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Huawei says sanctions have made it stronger



Huawei Technologies recently highlighted significant advancements across various technological fields at its developer conference in Dongguan, China. Richard Yu, Chairman of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, underscored the company’s achievements, particularly in operating systems and artificial intelligence (AI), comparing Huawei’s progress to that of its European and American counterparts.

Breakthroughs in Operating Systems and AI

  1. HarmonyOS Development: Huawei’s proprietary operating system, HarmonyOS, was launched in 2019 after US technology restrictions limited its access to Google’s Android OS. According to Yu, HarmonyOS has achieved remarkable milestones, now running on over 900 million devices. He emphasized that Huawei has achieved in 10 years what took European and American companies over 30 years in developing core technology for an independent operating system.
  2. Ascend AI Infrastructure: Huawei’s Ascend AI infrastructure, touted as the most powerful from a Chinese company, has gained significant traction. Yu mentioned that it ranks as the second most popular AI chip after Nvidia, a leader in the AI chip market.

Market and Product Performance

  1. Smartphone Business: Huawei’s smartphone business has experienced a resurgence, particularly since the launch of the Mate60 equipped with an improved China-made chip. Sales of smartphones running HarmonyOS have increased by 68% in the first five months of the year, reflecting growing consumer acceptance.

Strategic Positioning

  1. Technological Advantages: Yu highlighted that while Europe and the US have historically dominated operating systems and software, Huawei’s advancements in IoT (Internet of Things) have positioned it favorably to compete globally.
  2. Global Impact: Huawei’s strides in technology underscore its commitment to innovation despite challenges posed by international trade restrictions. The company’s focus on developing independent technologies, including operating systems and AI infrastructure, reflects its strategic pivot towards self-reliance and resilience in the face of global market dynamics.


Huawei’s accomplishments in operating systems, AI, and smartphone technologies signify its emergence as a formidable player in the global tech landscape. As it continues to innovate and expand its ecosystem with HarmonyOS and advanced AI infrastructure, Huawei aims to solidify its position as a leader in technological self-sufficiency and innovation.

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