China’s tech conglomerate Huawei increases its pace in global smart wearables market and unveils new OS
Chinese article by 爱集微
English Editor 张未名
08-07 14:29

(JW Insights) Aug 7 -- China’s tech conglomerate Huawei is striving to strengthen its footprint in the global smart wearables market by doubling down on healthcare R&D as it sees growing demand for health monitoring and management. It also launched a new version of its self-developed operating system on August 4, reported China Daily on August 6.

"Globalization has been the core of our vision. From product positioning, design to engineering, we have been making all our efforts with the global market in mind," said Zhang Wei, president of smart wearables and sports health unit of Huawei's consumer business group.

"This kind of global mindset enables us to make research and development with a more open perspective. We hope our products and services can better cater to local consumers, no matter in China, the Asia-Pacific or Europe, meeting local people's demand while also complying with local regulations," he said during the Huawei Developer Conference 2023, held in Dongguan, southern China’s Guangdong province, from August 4 to 6.

The Shenzhen-based telecom equipment and smartphone maker said it will build a new sport health lab in Europe this year. Currently, it has 10 research institutes and three such labs across the world.

Zhang said the company is carrying out innovative study in a range of health fields, including sports and blood pressure, ovary and emotion.

So far, the accumulative number of users of Huawei's sports health apps has amounted to 450 million globally, with monthly active users hitting 100 million. Global shipments of Huawei's smart wearables have reached 130 million.

The company also said it is committed to safeguarding cybersecurity and privacy protection as the Chinese telecom equipment and smartphone maker officially launched a new version of its self-developed operating system on August 4 with artificial intelligence capabilities.

The tech giant released HarmonyOS 4 at the Huawei Developer Conference 2023.

It has updated the privacy function in the latest version of HarmonyOS operating system, which will provide a cleaner and safer environment for its users. That includes intercepting the installation of risky mobile applications, risk warning, strict management of app permission, according to the report from China Daily.

(Gao J/Yuan XY)

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