Chinese telecommunications company, Huawei has launched its smartphone operating system called HarmonyOS in a bid to rival Google’s Android operating system.
Speaking on the new launch, the Head of Huawei’s Consumer Business, Richard Yu said HarmonyOS was made to bring more harmony and convenience to the world. According to him, the new operating system is completely different from Android and iOS.
A survival plan? The launch of the operating system is considered to be crucial to the company’s survival because of the ban placed on it by the US Government which disallows Huawei from trading with US companies. The company needs a backup plan if it doesn’t want its access to be removed from Google’s Android operating system.
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The tech company had been blacklisted by the US President, Donald Trump amidst suspicions that it provided a backdoor for Chinese intelligence services. The firm was banned from having access to government’s contracts despite denying the allegations.
According to Yu, Huawei will switch to HarmonyOS immediately if it does not have access to Android in the future.
What this means: This unveiling by Huawei could lead to a kind of operating systems race between Google and Apple as it will foster more innovation and competition between the tech houses.
Huawei, headquartered in Shenzen, near Hong Kong, Guangdong, China announced that the HarmonyOS would be released under its Honor brand. The company which was founded in 1987, initially focused on manufacturing phone switches but later expanded its business to building telecommunications networks and providing operational and consulting services.
Update: Health Minister states side effects of COVID-19 vaccines
Dr. Osagie Ehanire has disclosed the side effect of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has stated the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines, which he said is mild.
The minister disclosed this during the live broadcast when President Muhammadu Buhari took his vaccine shot on Saturday.
According to the Minister, the reactions are usually mild and only few people had complained of mild pain in the part of the body they got the shot.
He said, “It is not everybody that complained of reactions/side effects but few had complained of mild pain at the part of the body they got the shot.
”Usually manufacturing vaccines take not less than 4 years but this only took about 1 year, which is the reason some people are apprehensive about the vaccines. This was manufactured in the United Kingdom and has been certified.”
Ehanire, explained that the jab is painless as a narrow gauge syringe was used with a small quantity injected in the upper arm.
He added that the after-effects are mild but accompanied by little discomfort in the area that was injected.
Present at the brief ceremony were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and other members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, senior government officials and journalists.
Update: President Buhari, VP Osinbajo get COVID-19 vaccine shots
President Buhari and VP Osinbajo have been vaccinated against COVID-19 on Saturday at the State House, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have been vaccinated against COVID-19 on Saturday at the State House, Abuja.
President Buhari and VP, who received his COVID-19 vaccine shot on Live TV broadcast, urged Nigerians to emulate him and do the same to curb the pandemic in the most populous black nation.
Both were administered their jabs, on Saturday morning, at the Banquet Hall of the presidential villa, Abuja at a ceremony broadcast live on national television.
Their inoculation followed their e-registration and filling out of their vaccination cards by the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib.
Vaccination of Buhari was done by Chief Personal Physician to the President, Dr Suhayb Rafindadi.
Osinbajo was also vaccinated by his personal physician, Dr Nicholas Audifferen.
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