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Huawei won’t drop Android app support for global phone users



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Recently, a number of reports stated that Huawei will drop Android app support for the HarmonyOS operating system in China, related to this, a Huawei spokesperson has shared some clarification for the global phone users.

Huawei said that overseas Huawei users can continue to use Android apps with confidence with the EMUI software version. It means that the company won’t release HarmonyOS-specific software systems for global models.

The company also mentioned that Huawei will continue to increase its support for global developers to provide better development environments and tools for a better user experience.


Back in 2020, Huawei parted HarmonyOS and EMUI ecosystem, the former is China exclusive and the latter for global users. Over the past three years, Huawei spent fewer resources on EMUI and its development concerning smartphones.

The recent rollout of EMUI 13 only reached 11 eligible models, many more are left unchecked for this release. On the other hand, Huawei is sharing huge rollout schedules covering devices that are over 4 years old. Thus reflecting the shift in strategy and after-sales service management.

After four years of launch, Huawei has not planned to bring HarmonyOS out of the home market. The company said it will continue EMUI for the global smartphone models.

But the base of the EMUI software is not publically revealed whether it is Android or HarmonyOS. So, there are some doubts that are consistent in this matter.

Unlike other Android manufacturers, Huawei phones don’t come with pre-installed Google apps and services. This is due to the US ban, which was implied in 2019.

Since then, all of the new phones including the flagship products only run Huawei-developed apps and services out of the box. Even now, the Android app framework is the only thing that is running the global Huawei phone ecosystem.

If Huawei really wants to grab its global sales then it will have to increase efforts to allure consumers with better after-sales services.


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.