Huawei's Mobile Devices Close to One Billion as Competition with Apple Intensifies

Huawei Technologies is nearing one billion active consumer devices, highlighting its competitive stance against Apple, despite US sanctions.

Richard Yu, Chairman of Huawei's consumer business, reported a significant increase in devices running Harmony operating software, now totaling about 900 million.

Sales of Huawei's high-end smartphones surged by 72% in the first five months of 2024, according to Yu, speaking at an annual developer forum.

The success can be traced back to the Mate 60 Pro launch, featuring advanced technology that surprised US officials.

Huawei's profits have soared, driven by strong smartphone sales that have eroded Apple's market share in China and challenged local competitors.

Yu emphasized Huawei's commitment to HarmonyOS, announcing plans for the Mate 70 smartphone running on HarmonyOS Next by year-end.

HarmonyOS has expanded beyond smartphones to include wearables and other devices, outselling Samsung in the wearable category earlier this year.

Huawei aims to monetize HarmonyOS further by potentially taking a share of in-app purchases, signaling its growing confidence in competing with Apple's ecosystem.

Huawei's advancements in AI, particularly with its Ascend GPU chips, have positioned it as a formidable player in the technology sector.

The development of local AI alternatives reflects China's broader strategy to reduce dependence on US technology, enhancing its capabilities in AI and chip manufacturing.