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Big Question: Can Huawei survive without Google’s Android?



We were very happy when we first discovered about Huawei’s operating system, I know you all were too. But now those stories, news and leaked features remained as a beautiful dream.

I thought now the Chinese company can stand and fight against the United States because it had a self-made processor with its 5G modem and the company was all set to develop first unique (that what we heard) and universal multi-platform OS.

Those statements from Huawei’s official made us wait for the very first OS by the Chinese company. They were talking about the back-up OS, and they were saying that “We were preparing for the OS since 2012” now they all turned to false hope?

For your information (as I don’t want to make you sad, as much as I am right now, ) Huawei’s official never said this is the replacement OS for Android, they added one statement in every discussion – what was that?

“We are not looking to replace Google’s Android”

The above sentence is very clear and it makes sense to everyone who is currently reading. If you are still confused with all this OS news – you can read here.

Well, all was going in the right direction until we learned something big from Huawei’s Chairman, Liang Hua. He clearly said that the company ‘currently’ has no plans to develop OS for smartphones.

“We haven’t decided whether to develop Hongmeng into a smartphone OS yet,” Liang said.

But he repeated the same statement that we have heard many times in the last 2 months. Liang added, however, this position may change if the US completely bars Huawei from access to Android.

We heard the same from Huawei’s founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei. He said: Huawei has no alternative operating system to turn to if the U.S. government denies access to Google’s Android.

He also said the company is prioritizing development of its Hongmeng operating system, which is designed specifically for use in the Internet of Things like smart TVs, artificial intelligence, and autonomous driving.

“We will only look into developing our own smartphone OS when Android is no longer an option, but as of now, we don’t plan on it,” Ren said.

It broke my heart (and probably yours too). When I covered the story “Can Huawei make better smartphones without US parts” I was very confident in Huawei that the company now can make a good smartphone without the US tech (of course it must have its self-developed OS).

Huawei is all good to replace almost every part it uses in the development of the smartphone but… it can not replace the most important software – Android OS. Sadly, Huawei can’t do anything. It has to follow the rules made by the United States government because it has to use the OS made by an American company.

I have faith in Huawei, it can make OS for smartphones but it still depends on the company.

What do you think – Can Huawei survive without Google’s Android? Let us know in the comments below.

Amy is our firmware and software specialist, she keeps her eagle eyes open for new software rollouts, beta programs, and other software related activities as well as new smartphone launch.