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Android AAB format will not affect HarmonyOS operating system: Huawei



Wang Chenglu, President of the Software Department, Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) told Chinese media that Huawei’s self-developed operating system – HarmonyOS will remain unharmed with the introduction of the AAB Android file format.

Wang told AAB or Android App Bundle, will not be able to affect the HarmonyOS user experience and will not slow down the development progress.

We reported that this new file format could be a direct attack on HarmonyOS and it may affect HarmonyOS’s supporting Android file format but with this confirmation, everyone will be relieved.

The Huawei software chief explained that the Android AAB file format is essentially similar to HarmonyOS’s Atomic Services.

Atomic Services are future-oriented user applications provided by HarmonyOS. They are installation-free (installed automatically by the application framework in the background) and can offer one or more convenient services for users.


Google made AAB 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.

AAB publishing format provides developer features like reduced app size, high installation rate, easy switching, customizable features, Play Feature Delivery (PFD), and Play Asset Delivery (PAD), etc.

HarmonyOS App Support:

Currently, HarmonyOS works with both Android and Native HarmonyOS apps, this is possible due to the dual app support architecture of the software. This is made possible due to the addition of the Android open-source branch, which is responsible for running Android apps on HarmonyOS devices.


Industry experts believe that HarmonyOS is still in early-stage and cannot pose a threat to Google’s Android.

On the other hand, Huawei has announced that HarmonyOS has completed over 30 million installations on the home ground and there are plenty of Huawei smartphones including the global users that are left to add this operating system.

(Source – Globaltimes)

Most of Deng Li's smartphones are from the Huawei ecosystem and his first Huawei phone was Ascend Mate 2 (4G). As a tech enthusiast, he keeps exploring new technologies and inspects them closely. Apart from the technology world, he takes care of his garden.