Currently, Huawei is busy in the process to shift its devices over the latest HarmonyOS 2 mobile operating system, which was unveiled on the 2nd of June 2021. However, there is still a long way remains for the company to cover.
The story of HarmonyOS comes into existence after the US put a ban on Huawei and Google left with no choice to withdraw its service support from the Huawei device. As Huawei has to fight for its survival, so the company brings an Android rival named HarmonyOS (Hongmeng OS or HM OS).
After numerous challenges, Huawei finally successfully started to launch HarmonyOS 2 in the devices and applications. The process is going smoothly and Huawei is again becoming stable but Google now surprisingly introduced the AAB or Android App Bundles, which seems to another threat for Huawei.
At this moment there are a lot of perspectives that need to be explained in order for a clearer understanding of how AAB can be a threat to HarmonyOS 2. Let’s get start.
What is AAB?
AAB is the acronym for Android App Bundles – a new app publishing format introduced by Google in 2018. This new format provides us features like reduced app size, high installation rate, easy switching, customizable features, Play Feature Delivery (PFD), and Play Asset Delivery (PAD), etc.
Now the question is if this format brings this many benefits how it can be a threat to Huawei?
Well, Google made this mandatory for the upcoming apps on Google Play Store by August 2021. It means every developer who wants to submit his app on the Play Store, must compile the app in the AAB format, otherwise, that app won’t be published on the Play Store.
At present, all the application uses APK (Android Application Format) format, which has support for different platforms. Unlike APK, the AAB doesn’t provide support for platforms such as Huawei AppGallery, and Amazon App Store.
It directly indicates that if a developer wants to submit his App on other channels after publishing on Play Store, the developer must have to reconvert the application in APK. As the other platforms still accept this format and not the AAB.
The same goes for the HarmonyOS kernel code, which supports only the APK format and possibly will next have to include AAB app support branches in the development.
Why Google Suddenly changed the program format of AAB?
Although Huawei smartphones don’t support the GMS (Google Mobile Service) but able to install some Android apps on HM OS. This is the most relieving fact for the users who takes fancy of Android applications even after upgrading to a whole new operating system.
If Huawei’s mobile software succeeds in building a brand new realm of the software world, it’ll be direct harm to Android. As we all know that success is a slow process and can’t be achieved in few trials. Neither we nor Google can overlook this attempt of Huawei.
At present, HarmonyOS isn’t as famous as Android but the distributive capabilities of the software have been acknowledged by the worldwide developer and they started to approach the company to adopt the HM OS.
Although Huawei HarmonyOS still depends on APKs, it certainly will setup up and take some time for Huawei to break free of dependence and stand alone on its own.
However, Huawei is in early-stage in overcoming the back-to-back stricks such as US-Sanction, Google apps withdrawal, and chip shortage, so it’s necessary for the company to run on the right track even if the speed is slow.
Even after these existing difficulties, the new AAB introduction could create another challenge for Huawei. If the AAB became the default format, the applications on Huawei AppGellary may gradually become fewer in numbers. As it’ll require extra effort to republish an app on another channel with APK format for developers.
But we want to mention that AAB is not a new project from the Android maker because it has been under development pipeline for years.
Android vs iOS vs HarmonyOS: Market dominance
With the popularity of Android, it’s still the priority of the developer to promote their works such as custom skin like MIUI, ColorOS, and other apps. Exploring the software market, we found that Android is the current most dominant software, and second, comes Apple’s iOS.
Where the iOS is the close system software, is exclusive to Apple device and ruling the market on the second position. On the other hand, Android is the king of the software market and ruling the 3 billion Android devices across the world with its open-source capabilities.
Many smartphone manufacturers modified the Android as the base skin and used in their phone, this same trend was followed by Huawei with EMUI but later Huawei stopped developing new EMUI versions on Android.
The arrival of HarmonyOS brings many new features, the different platforms and models start to adapt. This new system OS is moving towards a new empire, as in just a week about 15 million devices are already installed HM OS. Furthermore, the CEO of Huawei Consumer BG also set a huge target for the next year.
If Huawei successfully acquired the 15% shares of the software market, which is the company’s one of most important goals of the company, it can challenge Android and iOS for an even bigger market.
As of this year, Huawei expected to complete the installation of HarmonyOS 2 in 300 million devices, which will bring a big change in the entire software industry.
If HarmonyOS secures its place in the software market, it’ll defiantly emerge as a new rising star and somehow Android doesn’t want to let that happen.
Momentarily, we have to wait for Huawei’s response to this situation, it’s worthwhile to see what solution will the company come up with. Because, as soon the AAB will become the default Android app format, it could bring potential difficulties for HarmonyOS.
Here’s how good Android 13 works on old Pixel devices
Android 13 and its interesting features are a vast topic to discuss among users. And today we are up to tell how well the Android 13 operating system is working on the old Pixel devices.
To begin with, Google launched the stable Android 13 in August for its Pixel smartphones. Thereafter, the company began to roll out the latest operating system to other OEMs and their gadgets.
While the U.S. tech maker is still testing new features and pushing off the Android 13 QPR1 beta iterations to its flagship Pixel phones, some users are discussing how Android 13 works on the old Pixel series.
A Pixel 5 user come around the Reddit table and described how Android 13 has offered the best experience. So far, the user was having trouble while performing certain actions on the Pixel phone.
However, after upgrading to the latest Android 13, the device system and its performance is quite responsive and convenient. Alongside this, the user states that privacy and UI are the best segments that get better with every new update.
“Android 13 on my Pixel 5 has been absolutely the best experience I’ve had on a smartphone ever. It is fast, elegant, etc. I like had to fight my phone to get it to do what I want – which is the exact opposite of now that I have Android 13 on my Pixel 5.”
In addition, the user also draws attention to the camera quality. Eventually, the camera quality remains absolute even when not in frequent usage. In short, the users state that Android 13 is much better than previous builds, which often have issues with stability and the lens hood.
Android 13 is a favorite for many users!
In the meantime, many other users also agreed that Android 13 is doing well with their 2 or 3-year-old Pixel smartphones. Notably, the newly-released operating system provides a better experience in many aspects.
For instance, fingerprint sensors, face unlocking, eye-catching UI elements, smart and efficient widgets, Material You, themed icons, and whatnot. On the flip side, there is a huge list of revamped features and functions.
Android 13 QPR1 beta and its issues
Even after many positive points, Android 13 is surrounded by various negative comments. To be specific, the fresh QPR1 beta packs have proved vain and trouble for many Pixel device owners.
Up to this point, we come across a variety of issues that appeared in the Android 13 QPR1 beta iterations. While some users were stuck with the App Switcher bug, other users were busy dealing with the camera and screen defects.
Moreover, the very famed addition – Material You also caught some glitches when a user upgraded the device to the beta 3 rollout. Together, these issues made the users think twice before installing new firmware.
It’s not confirmed how many more beta iterations Google will release for its users. However, the issues with new builds and benefits of the old versions have made it clear that the previous stable Android 13 works well on both old and new Pixel devices.
Which firmware are you using, the stable one or the newly-released beta firmware? Let us know your experience with Android 13, in the comment section.
Google to bring Privacy Sandbox for Android 13 devices in 2023
Google is constantly adding new tweaks to its latest operating system. As per the official inputs, Google has spelled out a new term – Privacy Sandbox that it will soon implement on Android 13 devices.
The US tech maker recently shared a post on its official blog site. Accordingly, the company will initiate the Google Privacy Sandbox beta program for Android 13 smartphones in 2023 year.
To be specific, the Privacy Sandbox is an interesting as well as thoughtful step toward improved security. As the name reflects, it is a box full of new and advanced techs to build enhanced digital concepts.
Consequently, developers can build more simplified and coherent internet content. As a result, digital companies will get extra benefits and innovative creations with the Privacy Sandbox usage.
Moreover, it will lessen the cross-site connections and unnecessary app tracking so that users can enjoy online services without the stress of security threats and harmful malware. As a result, it will help both users and developers and will fulfill the security demands.
Google introduced the Privacy Sandbox in February this year. As of now, the company is confirming the beta release of the respective feature for Android 13 devices. The manufacturer will initiate the beta step in 2023.
Privacy Sandbox Beta – Details
In the beta phase, the developers can inspect and test the new privacy solution. Although, before enrolling in the beta iteration, developers need to provide the following details:
- Contact information
- Business information including the organization’s DUNS number
- Developer’s SDK(s) and URL(s) that need access to call the Privacy Sandbox on Android APIs
- Other inputs necessary for API or server configuration
You can learn more about the enrollment procedure HERE.
On the other hand, if you are an interested Android 13 device user and would like to participate in this beta activity, then you have to fill out a form HERE.
Before filling out the form, read the instructions carefully. Make sure that you have an Android 13 eligible device before proceeding with the beta activity.
Android 13 Beta 3 eliminating some shortcut features on Pixel devices
Once again, Android 13 Beta is spotted on the bugs and issues list. A user recently reported that some of its favorite shortcut and notification features are missing after upgrading to the latest Android 13 beta firmware.
Shortcut features perform some specific actions in the devices. These features reside either in the supported launcher or the virtual assistant. Besides, it helps users quickly initiate common actions on their phones.
As per the details, the Pixel 7 Pro user enrolled in the latest beta rollout. After the Android 13 beta installation, the user didn’t find the drop-down shortcut features (used to identify a song playing) on his smartphone.
The user further mentions that this feature was one of the most effective and thoughtful shortcuts on his device. On the other hand, the respective element was much quicker than commanding the Google Assistant for a similar task.
Interestingly, the user has compared the beta results between his Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro devices. He said that though the feature is missing from the Pixel 7 Pro smartphone, it was available when updated Pixel 6 Pro to the latest beta iteration.
An issue with the call display
In continuation, the user also mentioned that there is some issue with the call display as well. So far, the ongoing calls used to appear in a pill-like shape at the top-left corner (beside the clock icon). However, after the upgrade, the pill shape has converted into a bubble.
Again, things were good with the Pixel 6 Pro smartphone. Yet the beta has resulted in some terrible changes on the Pixel 7 Pro handset.
On the flip side, another user reported the quick setting tile issue. Accordingly, the issue has bumped into the Wi-Fi toggle, and turning it on and off has become such an irritating task.
Many users appeared with some solutions for the respective shortcut issue. An individual asked to check the respective shortcut feature in the Settings menu:
- Go to the Settings app
- Tap on the Search bar
- Search “Now Playing”
Although, this didn’t help the user much. According to the inputs, he didn’t find anything relevant that can add the drop-down shortcut button back on the notification shade.
Why only Pixel 7 devices?
As mentioned, the issues are only appearing when upgrading the Pixel 7 Pro device to the latest firmware. Meanwhile, things are quite good with the Pixel 6 Pro gadget. This is more surprising in comparison to the issues arising in the phone.
Even in recent times, we came across several issues that are particularly affecting the Pixel 7 series in some or the other way. For instance, the Vo5G issue has disappeared unknowingly from many Pixel 7 devices.
So what does that mean? Is the Pixel 7 series not compatible with the Android 13 system? Well, we need a more clear view of these statements.
As per the tweaks, Android 13 QPR1 Beta 3.1 could be the last beta rollout. Thereafter, the company will push off the stable build. Perhaps, we could find one more beta iteration by the end of this month with some new and major fixes.
Since the latest beta holds several issues, one more improvement rollout is required so that users could get rid of the bugs and defects that are taking place at the moment.