Huawei begins to get rid of Android on its smartphones

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Huawei has released a stable version of its EMUI 11 user interface for a number of models in China and has launched similar updates to the Huawei P40, P40 Pro and Mate 30 Pro in the international market.

It is expected that later this year, testing will begin on smartphones of its own operating system HarmonyOS (known as Hongmeng OS in China), and in 2021, owners of Huawei smartphones will be able to switch to it, having received the corresponding update.

In the stable EMUI 11, enthusiasts have already discovered signs of preparations for a move away from Android and a move to HarmonyOS. One evidence is indicated by the changed inscription “Powered by Android” on the initial boot screen.

Previously, a custom Android branded font was used alongside the Android logo. Now, the text is shown without the logo and with a different font. The photos below show the difference in the labels on the Huawei P40 Pro with EMUI 11 and EMUI 10.1.

Another hint is contained in the settings in the “About phone” section in the description of the security patch version – instead of Android Security Patch Level, only Security Patch Level now appears.

Analytical agency Gartner has published another report on the smartphone market. As it turned out, in the third quarter of this year, 366 million smartphones were sold worldwide, which is 5.7% less than in the same period last year. And although the drop is noticeable, it is less than 20%, which the market fell by in the first half of the year.

Samsung is still the leader with 80.82 million units sold and 22% of the market. In general, of the Top 5 manufacturers, only Samsung and Xiaomi were able to increase sales – by 2.2% and 34.9%, respectively. Huawei is in second place with 51.83 million smartphones sold – its market share is 14.4%. Xiaomi sold 44.41 million smartphones – equivalent to a market share of 12.1%.

Apple is in fourth place. Between July and September, the company sold 40.6 million smartphones – its market share was 11.1%. Interestingly, Oppo is not far from Apple: in the third quarter, it sold 29.89 million smartphones (the market share of this company is 8.2%).

Analytical agency Counterpoint Research has shared data on the study of the 5G segment of the global smartphone market in the first month of autumn. The world’s best-selling model is the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G. The flagship of the South Korean company in most countries of the world is sold with the Snapdragon 865 processor, but Europeans have to be content with the version on the Exynos 990. The smartphone took 5% of the market.

The top 3 includes two Huawei models. The second was the flagship Huawei P40 Pro, and the third place was taken by the mid-range Huawei nova 7. Their share was 4.5% and 4.3%, respectively. In the case of the nova 7 model, global sales can be equated to Chinese ones; because the smartphone is not for sale outside the Middle Kingdom.

Two more flagships of 2020 by Samsung have closed the top 5. 4% of the market was taken by the Samsung Galaxy S20 + 5G, while the share of the Galaxy Note 20 5G was 2.9%. As with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, the processor varies by region.

Note that the alignment of forces on the market may change significantly this month; since the iPhone 12 and Huawei Mate 40 families have appeared on sale. If the flagships of the Chinese company are unlikely to be in great demand; then four variants of the iPhone 12 have every chance of crushing the market; given how popular their predecessors were at the start of sales.

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