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You probably already heard about the Huawei ban and Huawei’s New Oak OS. Huawei is blacklisted from working with US-based companies, including Google. Because of apparently security concerns. Huawei was cut from the 5G launch line up, and they have just literally canceled recent laptop launch due to the inability to supply. Now, how Huawei can survive without Google who owns Android? it all started in 2012. There was a secret meeting with a group of high-level Huawei executives. They decide there and then that a new proprietary operating system should be built. Presumably, because the company was snowballing at that time, and they couldn’t let their entire fate rest on android shoulders. Within a month, they created a specialized zone inside the company to work on this project.
It was internally known as Ark OS the complete top-secret at that time. They even had a guard on duty to protect the doors, and any worker there was not allowed to use a personal mobile phone. This was that confidential. It hasn’t released yet, but this Operating system now is an authentic thing. It’s going to be called HongMeng OS in China and Oak Os in the other regions. But the most exciting part is it could be up to 60% faster than android nonetheless it’s clear that Huwaei has taken by surprise here. Even though they have been working on these projects for years, but because of how suddenly the ban came into action, it still is not ready.
CEO of Huawei even announced that it’d be available as early as fall this year. This coincides with when they might launch with the Mate 30 Pro, and this whole situation is now prickly, but at the same time it’s exciting. According to the job listing, Huawei has been hiring a full-time engineer to work on a secret OS that focuses on tying in 5g, Augmented reality, and autonomous self-driving vehicle. And so the fact that it could be coming so soon and the fact that it could be such a real competitor to Android creates an interesting dynamic between Huawei and Google.
Let me explain. So Huawei can ‘t do business with Google but in this picture one of the apparent early screenshot of this OS. You can see that the weather app is compatible with the android green alliance. So it’s not Android, but it’s looking like it’s at least in part based on android and can run the android app. This is an android without google services. So no Google Play store, no google maps, and no Gmail plus no security updates from Google or Google play protect. All sounds pretty unappealing.but if any company can work around it is Huawei.
Aptoid is an alternative android AppStore with up to 800k apps, and if something like that could exist, then Huawei can sustain it too. They actually have a store called App gallery. And funnily enough, they have just started to emailing developers to ask them to move their apps on to it. And I think a lot of them will do this because Huawei sells millions of phones and developers don’t want to miss out on that market. Besides, because HongMeng OS can run Android applications, nothing needs to be recreated; they need to get their apps and upload them to Huawei Store.
What is potentially even more interesting is that Xiamoi, Vivo, and Oppo are also testing Oak os on their phones. Maybe they also want to diversify the same way the Huawei did. And to be fair if the operating system is as fast as Hwaei is claiming then who wouldn’t want that. So if those companies also choose to start using Oak OS, then over one-third of the smartphones in the world could shift to the new operating system. And Google doesn’t want Huawei to have its own Operating System and store because this creat fragmentation.
Apart from iOS, Google has a complete monopoly on smartphones. Pretty much every single phone runs on Android and Google makes money from it. Google makes money from Playstore it makes money every time someone subscribes to google play music, and it makes money from adverts inside Google Maps
So Google right now trying to convince the US government that instead of actually saving themselves from security risk by banning Huawei they’d actually be putting themselves in one. Their logic is if Huwaei starts pumping out devices with a completely new Operating system, then these phones would be more vulnerable to malware. They won’t have google’s protection. Say if you are in the US on your Samsung phone and you send a message to some in India who’s on Huawei phone infected with malware. In that scenario, there is a pretty good chance that any malware can read your message on that device even without using the Huawei yourself. The security of the whole mobile ecosystem could be at risk. That doesn’t mean that would be the case .it’s just the argument that Google is using to try and stop Huawei.
So there are three possible outcomes to this situation.
- Google pleading the US government combined with the mounting political pressure might make the US retract the ban which will allow them to use full android just as they used to
- Huawei is really trying to compromise here. They’ve actually pitched the no spy deal to the US government, saying that they could completely lock their phones up so that there’s no way a backdoor could be to retrieve the US information. It’s entirely possible that the US could instead of retracting the ban add exceptions to it. Huwaei would be allowed to carry on dealing with certain suppliers under certain conditions.
- There is no resolution, and they carry with its Plan B Oak OS becomes a thing around the globe, and we might start seeing it as soon as this year.
We can expect the statement from Huwaei pretty soon. And in that meantime, all we can do is hope. Let’s face it even if you would ‘t go near a Huawei phone, still being there in a smartphone market raising the bar creating new things. It pushes the industry forward. more competition is always better for consumers