Last year when the US/China trade battle was at its height, Huawei was definitely one of those big companies that got hit after the US government called for its boycott leading to its blacklisting as well as being banned from working with US corporations and of course Google being the most significant company Huawei works with as far as their mobile operating system is concerned.
While the whole world went haywire over this move considering the kind of awesome devices Huawei is known to produce, we saw the Mate 30 Pro meeting its ultimate demise in the West because of the absence of Google Play Services (Although there were some hacks around this). But that didn’t stop Huawei from stay at the top as the second biggest smartphone maker in the world right behind Samsung and above Apple because the Phones the company shipped last year all sold out.
And as a company, that success might mean a lot to the Chinese tech giant. Even the company bragged about how powerful its own Operating system, Harmony OS is. It bragged the Harmony OS will overpower major mobile OS such as iOS as well as Android within 2 years and also claimed the Harmony OS is much faster than the two biggest mobile operating systems.
It even launched a TV that runs on the Harmony OS but it was launched under its other sub brand, Honor. Anyways, Harmony OS or whatever, it doesn’t matter because majority of those living in the Chinese territory have no need for Google Play Services but those of us living outside of China needs Google Play Services.
As a way of reducing its dependency in American products and services, Huawei obviously started making its own chipset based on the Arm architecture, Kirin. Then it began working on building its own app store called the App Gallery.
The company also doubled down on app development and recently launched its own Hmakijguawei Mobile Services (HMS) and is luring developers to use its platform, spending billions of dollars in the process.
During a press conference in Vienna, Huawei Head of Consumer Business Group in Austria, Wang Fei made it known that the company has no plan of going back to using Google Services even if it ever got back its lost license.
But as you know, news travel faster and since this statement had began making headlines all over the places, the company later reiterated that “An open Android ecosystem is still our first choice, but if we are not able to continue to use it, we have the ability to develop our own.”
And as the statement had been crafted its well done that it doesn’t confirm or deny Wang Fei’s claims and it infact doesn’t mention Google or Google Play Services whatsoever. It only said Android open ecosystem which is what the company is already using for its HarmonyOS.
Earlier, when the rumors about Huawei developing its own mobile operating system as HongMong OS started surfacing online, it was said that Huawei plans to get rid of Android OS from its smartphones and will instead use its own operating system.
Despite the launching of the Harmony OS, it only made its debut in the Honor Vision, a “smart screen” as the company calls it. Huawei chief executive still made it known that Android remains the first choice of the company while some rumors has it that its highend Mate 30 Series would run a partition of both Android and Harmony but of course that wasn’t the case last year when it was released. But the company doesn’t still depend on Android totally especially for the fact that it’s running a ripped-off unmaintained Android which doesn’t speak well of its brand as being a global company vying to topple Samsung for the number spot.
With Huawei having its own solution, Google had urged the U.S. government to allow doing business with the Chinese company as the company could lose around 700-800 million users. If Huawei’s plan for its own OS takes off and if the company manages to convince other Chinese mobile makers to use its operating system, then Google could lose its monopoly in the mobile OS market.
But as 2020 starts even the Chinese government has a bigger issue up on its sleeves to deal with, the CoronaVirus which is a global pandemic and so nothing really has been said of Hauwei as far as the US-China trade war is concerned. So we keep out fingers crossed hoping to see positive results as the company plans to release its P40 series by March.