efe-epaShanghai, China

The chairman of Chinese technology firm Huawei said Friday that despite a recent agreement between China and the United States on lifting Washington’s ban on the company, there has been no tangible change seen.

In June, during a meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Washington agreed to lift a ban on Huawei, imposed in May on grounds of national security and amid a trade war between the two nations.

Addressing a press conference in Shenzhen, chairman Liang Hua said that they “know that Huawei is still on the US blacklist" and urged the North American country to lift the ban in its entirety.

Liang claimed that despite the US ban, the company's earnings were set to record an increase in the first half of the year, and the figures in this respect would be released around the end of this month.

The Huawei chairman also addressed rumors about the company possibly launching its Hong Meng operating system in August, and which could replace Android if the US did not step back and Google was unable to provide Android updates.

"Hong Meng has been created for the Internet of Things," said Liang said, but "for mobile phones, our first option is still to continue using the Android operating system."

However, he did not rule out the possibility of also using the new operating system in their smartphones, saying they were yet to make a decision in this regard, although they would like to apply Hong Meng in its 5G system.

Liang refused to confirm or deny that the operating system will be presented during its annual developers conference between Aug. 9-11, as several sources in the sector have claimed in recent days.

If Huawei, one of the largest sellers of mobile phones in the world, decides to put Hong Meng to use in their smartphones, it could bring an end to the duopoly of Google (Android) and Apple (iOS) in the sector.

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