New Huawei smartphones will not come with Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp

Yolanda Curtis
June 11, 2019

Huawei has said that it could roll out a custom operating system "very quickly", though whether it would be based on the version of Android (sans Google services) it now uses in China or on something else is not very clear - just like everything else in this complicated situation. It is likely to go official sometime in August or September.

Enter Huawei OS, aka Ark OS, aka HongMeng, aka the most vital piece of the company's backup plan puzzle for just this type of situation.

"We are reviewing the Commerce Department's final rule and the more recently issued temporary general license and taking steps to ensure compliance", Facebook said, referring to a 90-day grace period allowing continued support of existing Huawei equipment.

Step two: those Huawei phones with a forked version of Android are sold globally. This move comes as the company won't be able to use Play Store as it is a product of Google.

Google also fears that the export ban would create a competitor to the US-made Operating Systems (OS), which would hurt the search engine giant's Android monopoly. The retailer believes that Huawei will survive using a new software that is developed in house and might be much better than Google's.

Google halting its business is one of the major blows following considering that Huawei phones run on Android software.

Financial Times recently reported that Google warned the US government of the potential risks of blacklisting Huawei.

The HongMeng name sounds unusual and we hope the OS gets a proper marketing moniker that sounds more global.

An email leaked from a Google Play developer wishing to remain anonymous says that Huawei's new app store has 270 million monthly active users and that Huawei is willing to give their full cooperation and assistance to developers wanting to help them in this endeavor.

After the ban was imposed, Google suspended business with Huawei, cutting it off from potential updates to Android. "Our focus is protecting the security of Google users on the millions of existing Huawei handsets in the U.S. and around the world", FT quoted Google.

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