Huawei's Android Alternative Is 'Far From Ready'

Yolanda Curtis
May 23, 2019

His fear that the handsets might be eventually "useless" stems of course from Google's decision over the weekend, which itself was a result of the Trump administration adding Huawei to a trade blacklist that immediately restricts its ability to do business with United States companies.

The US late last night scaled back the trade ban, granting firms a temporary licence to help minimise disruption for customers.

Sputnik: Despite the fact that Donald Trump and Xi Jinping may meet at the next G20 summit in late June, the U.S. president announced that he had already ordered to develop a plan to increase trade pressure on China and prepare new tariffs.

Huawei has said it is working on its own operating system (known as HongMeng) but history has shown us that it is virtually impossible to break the iOS-Android grip on mobile operating systems at the moment. This is not just an attack against Huawei. For any OS to survive, a strong ecosystem of apps is needed and getting developers to recompile their apps might prove to be an indomitable task.

However, it remains to be seen how long this upsurge sustains and whether the companies can come up with alternative methods of boosting revenues once the 19 August deadline passes. What however, will be an actually blow for the company will be the missing apps and services like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, Gmail, YouTube and others. He further indicated that instead of Android 10 (Android Q), the next-gen Mate series phone will be released with their own software. As mentioned by Android Police, the new OS will work with Android apps and web apps as well.

That doesn't mean Huawei loses all access to Android - the core operating system is open source - but in practice major vendors rely on a lot of support from Google.

Despite uncertainty over the future of its devices business, Huawei launched its new youth-focused Honor smartphone on Tuesday. On the other hand, the tech giant's CEO Ren Zhengfei is much more confident and says that the blockades will not affect its business.

Abraham Liu, Huawei Chief Representative to the EU Institutions and Vice-President European Region speaks at a news conference at the Huawei European Cybersecurity Center in Brussels, Belgium, May 21, 2019. For instance, even though it makes its own Kirin chipsets, it is still heavily reliant on processors from Intel and radio-frequency parts from US companies like Skyworks Solutions.

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