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It’s all over the news that Google has severed its Android ties with Huawei by retrieving their license to use Android OS; leaving Huawei with just a temporary license to operate with for the next three months, the license expires on August 19th.
The who’s and why’s in this recent news has a lot more to it than just what you see on the surface. To Google, cutting ties with Huawei is just them following an executive order.
First, let’s look at the problem from the source.
Why did the US Government placed a Ban on Huawei in the First Place?
Huawei has being accused of so many things recently, number one of them is violating the sanctions Trump has imposed on Iran, thus, falling under the categories of Iran sanctions.
Again, Huawei was accused of being in bed with China’s intelligent apparatus and thus leading to the accusation that she is spying on the rest of the world using its widely deployed telecommunications equipment. US government officials were even banned from buying and using Huawei phones and networking equipment.
And finally, Huawei is a major technology company in china, by dealing with Huawei, trump can kill three ugly birds with just one stone; fostering his political agenda in one go and also dealing with China in the ongoing US-Chinese trade war which is still in the “under the table leg kicking stage”.
How does this affect Huawei’s Existing Device Users?
While the retrieved licence came as a deep blow to huawei users, bringing up panic and too many “what about me questions”.
Google provided Huawei with a temporary license which will last them for 90 days. And, Google has assured the Huawei existing users that while complying with the executive order from the US government they will continue providing services like Google play & security from Google Play Protect.
But, if things continue the way they are, Huawei phones will stop receiving software updates both in the US and outside US, meaning that after the end of the temporary license (90 days) whatever software and Android version your Huawei phone has, that’s what it’s gonna hold on to till the day it kicks the bucket.
What’s Huawei’s Next Action?
Surprisingly, the unfortunate event appeared not to as much of a surprise to Huawei.
With the accusations flying in here and there, they must have been preparing for this worst scenario right?
Sure they are prepared to an extent.
On Tuesday, Ren Zhengfei spoke to Chinese state media and he said that there would be “conflict with the United States sooner or later” as Huawei continues to grow its dominance in the global telecom industry.
While everybody was expecting Huawei would simply make a switch over to AOSP, but the Chinese giant has something else in mind.
A report by Chinese publication Caijing claims that the CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu has made known some details about an operating system called HongMeng OS by Huawei.
This is an OS that Huawei has been working on secretly for over 3 years now. In fact, nobody outside Huawei’s top ranks knows about this project.
HongMeng OS will apparently be available later this Fall or early next year. It will come on Huawei phones, computers, tablets, TVs, cars, and wearables.
The OS will come with compatibility with all Android applications. These apps can also be recompiled to improve performance just like ChromeOS . Something similar was done by Samsung with the release of its own OS, Tizen.
As Huawei will be completely replacing Android, to achieve the Operating system’s compatibility with Android apps will be quite difficult. Also, according to some rumors, Google is helping Huawei to achieve some kind of workaround to the issue.
Huawei already has huge popularity in the smartphone market, ranking second after Samsung and above Apple. All thanks to the ban, the popularity will grow a little bit higher. They really need to recoup as soon as possible if they plan on staying on top for long.
But, looking at the brighter side. This is an opportunity for Huawei to take their destiny into their own hands. An opportunity to put out a product that will compete directly with iOS, and Android and then its smartphones will be left to compete with other Android OS devices from Samsung and others.
What will it take? Just implementing one or two revolutionary ideas and features into their new OS. Let’s say, introducing the hologram technology into smartphones (Something we’ve seen mostly in the movies).
Anyway, it appears that the company already has many backup plans in store. We can’t wait to see how Huawei’s HongMeng OS turns out compared to Android and also how it performs in real life.