Huawei has been in a losing battle with the US government for some ten years, with last year's problems with Huawei. Huawei hopes to limit dependence on US companies due to the US pushback against some Chinese smartphone makers for security reasons, and recent rumors about Huawei's own mobile operating system may be the first step.
According to the report, Huawei is developing its own operating system, which has been rumored since April 2018. Unlike EMUI, which is just an Android skin, Huawei's future operating system would not run on Android. Instead, it would be a competitor to Android, Fuschia and Apple's iOS.
It seems that a new operating system that works completely independently of Android could be Huawei's response to the recent US government opposition to Chinese companies. With the creation of this new mobile operating system, Huawei could make waves in the smartphone industry.
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Huawei vs. US Government
While this struggle between Huawei and the US government has been going on for quite some time, Huawei recently gained the attention of the tech community as it tried to vigorously advance the US market.
In January 2018, Huawei, which previously sold only selected phones to the United States via Amazon and other e-commerce sites, was in talks with mobile operators such as AT & T to formally support its phones. Following reports of possible government surveillance of Americans from Huawei and ZTE devices by the Chinese government and the People's Liberation Army, the FCC began the investigation.
After the investigation, AT & T announced the sale of Huawei phones and Verizon Wireless said it would not sell any Huawei devices either. Shortly thereafter, US intelligence agencies shared their thoughts on the risks that devices use by certain Chined-backed entities. This in turn led Best Buy to take all Huawei products out of the stores. The following month, the FCC ruled that all US government agencies should stop using Huawei and ZTE equipment and urged civilians to comply.
As mentioned earlier, ZTE has had similar problems with the US government. In April 2018, the US government banned all US-based companies from exporting technology to ZTE for seven years. However, this ban was lifted after the company replaced all management positions and paid a heavy fine. However, the phones may not be used by the US government agencies as well as Huawei.
Huawei is facing a potential ban on the use of American technology, including Qualcomm chips and key parts of Android, which has greatly impacted the ZTE during the export ban. Since Google is a US-based company, the US government could urge Google not to allow the Android operating system.
While the Android operating system is open source, it is difficult to block the basic apps (including Play Store) that are owned by Google and Google is likely to be blocked. Google has already blocked its apps and services for many smaller Chinese brands to protect the Android brand.
To reduce dependence on the services of Android and Google, Huawei is preparing for the worst and creating a potential backup operating system. Rumors say Huawei Mobile Phone Products vice president Bruce Lee was asked if the company is working on a new operating system, and Lee responded, "It's under development."
What does that mean for US customers?
If these rumors turn out to be accurate for the US market, it could have a significant impact later. One potential is that Huawei skips the US market as a whole. By eliminating the links with the US, they would not essentially depend on any of the US-based large companies for the components of their devices.
Even if the US pushes its allies not to cooperate with Huawei (such as South Korea), Huawei could only switch to Chinese technology. We've already seen this with the Mate 20, which uses a BOE-made AMEED display instead of a Samsung or LG panel.
In 2018 alone, the US market had the Mate 20 Pro, a phone, not This includes just about every flagship feature, including face recognition, an in-display fingerprint scanner, triple rearview cameras, minimum aperture, 4,200 mAh Battery and wireless charging. The missed products only get better as Huawei has to create amazing smartphones to lure developers and customers into their new operating system.
The second big consequence of this decision is based on whether Huawei is able to capture a significant market share. With Huawei currently number two in the world for OEMs, every market share would have a direct impact on Android, as it's most likely from consumers who already use Huawei Android-based products. If Huawei's users switched to a new operating system, it would mean that the impact of Android on the mobile industry would decrease and Apple's size would increase.
Huawei's success could also be the blueprint for Samsung; The OEM number one has already shown its desire to keep users in its ecosystem, which is not necessary at Google. This is made clear by the creation of duplicate Google products like Samsung Pay and Galaxy Apps.
Samsung already has the mobile operating system Tizen, which is mainly used in smartwatches and smart appliances. However, if Huawei succeeds, it could provide Samsung with the necessary blueprint to break its dependency on Google's Android operating system. With Samsung's market share of 25% on the US smartphone, this would be a big blow to the US smartphone market as it would significantly reduce the number of Android users. After the top OEMs were gone, Samsung and Huawei could paralyze Android so that OEMs like LG, HTC and Motorola take the lead.
And since both companies steal Android shares, it could also be different as smartphones look like in the future. The software could mirror more Apple, a look that both OEMs have taken notorious in the past.
Huawei has repeatedly stated that it does not intend to leave Android. With Huawei's recent confirmation of its mobile operating system, the company would likely spend millions of dollars on a "backup operating system." What do you think about Huawei creating a proprietary operating system? Would you like to see another mobile operating system on the market? Would you hate it? Let us know in the comment below.
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