The biggest story in the tech world this week is the order of the President of the United States, prohibiting American companies to deliver their products to Huawei. One result of this order was the fact that Google has revoked the license of Huawei to Android. The U.S. Department of Commerce has already eased restrictions, but it is obvious that the Chinese company should be concerned about her future without Android. As stated by Huawei itself, it is working on backup OS to replace the ubiquitous “green robot” since 2012, and now we found out about it a little more.
According to the Chinese publication Caijing, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group Richard Yu (Richard Yu) revealed some details about the operating system of Huawei. Apparently, it will be available this fall or early next year for smartphones, computers, tablets, TVs, cars and wearable devices. The operating system will be compatible with all Android apps, but developers will also be able to recompile their apps to improve performance on the new OS.
After the news that Google revokes a license Huawei on Android, many assumed that the latter will just create the OS based on AOSP, but it’s not as easy as it may seem. Huawei can’t just use any OS that contains the copyrights owned by an American company. Thus, this news about the support of Android apps is quite important, as other Android alternatives such as Tizen, can not boast native support for Android applications.
Over the past few years Huawei devices have become incredibly popular, but it doesn’t change the fact that millions of people use Huawei devices and for the reason that they have an Android app. People will likely not want to abandon their applications if will move to the new Huawei device.
This whole situation is far from complete, but Huawei is already working closely with Google to develop some sort of solution. In the end, Huawei may still be allowed to use the Android and Google Play. But her fans, and all the rest, it is important to know that the Chinese company has a backup plan, and in a sense, there is a place for Android.
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