US technology manufacturer Flex has laid off more than 10,000 workers in China due to geopolitical risks associated with Huawei. Flex, formerly known as Flextronics International, is an American multinational technology manufacturer, the third largest in the world behind China's Pegatron that Apple uses in China.
Flex's Zhuhai factory was composed of two units – a southern and northern block, where the former focused entirely on Huawei smartphone assembly operations. Production on the southern block has been idling, leading to enormous layoffs.
Chinese publication Caixin Global reports that "Flex had previously warned that it would reduce its business with Huawei following a US government blacklist in May that restricted the Chinese telecom giant & # 39; s involvement with US companies."
The move of Flex will obviously add more pain and pressure to Huawei to keep its full line of smartphone production.
On another front, China & # 39; Global Times reported yesterday that Huawei is in the early stages of testing its own operating system. In late May, Apple Patently released a report titled "With Google Suspending Android Services, Huawei Rushes to File to Trademarks in Europe for New Huawei & # 39; Ark OS." In June, we reported on Huawei filing another round of operating system name trademarks covering "HongMeng."
China's Global Times reports that "Huawei is busy testing its smartphone armed with its proprietary HongMeng operating system (OS), and the phone may be marketed at the end of this year, targeting low and medium markets and priced at around 2,000 yuan ( US $ 288.24 ) to attract software developers and users to join their ecosystem, sources said.
Huawei is set to release the long-awaited HongMeng OS , an alternative to Google's Android OS, at Huawei's Developer Conference on August 9 in Dongguan, South China's Guangdong Province.
The Chinese company said that the first device equipped with equipment with HongMeng OS will be the Honor smart TV series, which will be launched on August 1
In the future, HongMeng OS will be expanded to other fields, including autonomous driving, remote media domestic services and industrial control.
Huawei executives suggested in previous interviews that HongMeng OS was primarily intended for Internet of Things (IoT) and industrial use. But they also noted that if Google insists on cutting off its operating system delivery to Huawei, the HongMeng OS could be expanded to the smartphone industry.
The US blunt breach of the agreement reached between China and US executives during the G20 summit in late June has cast a shadow on the resumption of the Android OS supply. As such, some media reported that Huawei continues to perform tests on smartphones loaded with the HongMeng OS despite degrading the system's use in smartphones.
In fact, a source claims that "The new Huawei phones with the HongMeng system will debut in the fourth quarter, with up to several million units in stock. The smartphone is expected to show up with the Huawei Mate30 series.  The source further revealed that unlike the Linux kernel-based Android system, Huawei's idea of developing HongMeng is similar to Google's Fuchsia OS – based on a micro-kernel, can better accommodate artificial intelligence (AI) and run on multiple platforms. "
The report mentioned a new line of Huawei smartphones at $ 288 price point using the new operating system, a price point that Xiaomi aims for, as well as highlighted in a new review of the Xiaomi phone on Unboxed Therapy yesterday as presented below. This type of smartphone will put pressure on Apple's mid-range pricing in China.
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