Huawei Introduces HarmonyOS, An Alternative To Google Android

On the first day of the 2019 developer conference organized by the company in Dongguan (southeastern China), Huawei ended months of rumors and speculation and presented the platform, which it is considering. to create your own software ecosystem. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer division, said it was necessary to have its own operating system to cope with the future challenges of the Internet of Things era.

Yu said that some of HarmonyOS ‘features had already been implemented in some of his smartphones and other high-end devices. With its new platform, which will be open source, Huawei aims to make the user experience fluid on all its devices. For the moment, according to the specialized media, the first device working with HarmonyOS will be a Honor TV, the second brand Huawei.

On July 30, during the presentation of Huawei’s half-yearly results, its chairman, Liang Hua, repeated that “yes the United States. allows us to use Android, it will always be our preference, but otherwise we have the opportunity to develop our operating system and its ecosystem.

However, at that time, Liang kept the mystery about the HarmonyOS unveiled today when asked if he was ready and if the phones launched in the coming months would integrate it: “You’ll see from your own eyes how well we are prepared at the time. ”

Information about Huawei’s own operating system – which the company reportedly developed for years, according to the local press – began to rise after Washington, in May, put the company on a list as a danger to its national security and vetoed its activities with US companies. This veto was temporarily and partially lifted in June, as part of the trade truce signed by US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

However, the resurgence of tariff disputes between Beijing and Washington suggests the future of relations between Huawei and Google. If the veto is still in effect, Huawei’s new devices will not be able to access Google or use apps developed by the US company, such as Google Play Store.

AliExpress To Dominate Russian Retail Chains Through Virtual Reality

China’s e-commerce giant, AliExpress, enters Russian mobile phone stores. The first partner will be Tele2, which began showing in its stores the windows of a Chinese company with product samples, representatives of the commercial platform and mobile phone operator told Izvestia. Buyers can immediately order their favorite device by scanning the assigned QR code. For AliExpress, this is the first experience in Russia, although in China, an online hypermarket is already actively using this format.

AliExpress will be represented in Russia in mass offline. The first 30 windows of the Chinese Internet hypermarket opened at 30 in the Tele2 communication stores in Moscow, Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg and Kazan, operator representative Daria Kolesnikova told Izvestia. By the end of 2019, your number will increase to more than a thousand,

For AliExpress, this is the first experience of placing shop windows offline in Russia in a third-party retail network. AliExpress did not exclude the possibility of cooperation with companies that now issue orders for an online hypermarket. “We want to see how our project will work in communication stores to understand the interest of buyers in such tools. In China, this is very popular: there is a TaoBao Selected project with small showrooms of selected vendors,” says AliExpress. The main problem with the showcases offline today is the extremely poor assortment compared to a normal online store

AliExpress is not the only company that starts an Internet business and then continues it in a non-virtual world. For example, in 2018, the American Internet giant Amazon started opening Amazon Go offline stores in the US (You can pay the goods without ATMs, the money is debited without contact from the customer’s account) The Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, which sold its devices exclusively on the Internet, in 2016 also began the creation of the Mi Home brand retail network in China. The goal of creating online showcases and complete stores is to attract a new audience that, for one reason or another, prefers to buy in physical showrooms.