The recent decision taken by the US government to limit the ties between US companies and Huawei has taken its toll on the Chinese company. Google’s restrictions on Huawei devices has led the company to put all their effort into the development of a new Operating System to replace Android. It is yet to be known if Google’s ban is permanent, however, Huawei has backup plans prepared in case the tension continues.
Huawei’s new OS is seemingly called HongMeng and is currently under rigorous testing. Reportedly been under development since 2012, it hasn’t been long since the new OS picked its pace. Huawei Consumer Business Group’s CEO Yu claims that the OS is designed for the next generation of technology. It will be a comprehensive system that will be implemented on Huawei’s smartphones, tablets, PC et cetera. This OS is going to be compatible with all android and web apps and can also be recompiled to improve performance. This compatibility means that the Android apps can work on the new OS with a few tweaks. Users will be able to download android apps from Huawei’s own app store, called AppGallery that comes pre-installed on the phones. It is said that the users will have no problem shifting from Android to the new OS.
Companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Nokia, and Blackberry have previously failed to develop a reliable OS and have depicted that getting users to adopt to a new OS can be of great struggle. Even Samsung tried to break Android and iOS’s dominance with Tizen system but they embarrassingly failed to do so.
If the rumors are to be believed, Huawei’s OS will be 60% faster than Google’s Android. This
breakthrough alone could set Huawei’s OS aside and above Android and iOS. However, breaking Android and iOS’s virtual duopoly will be a huge challenge. But it’s not just about the OS. If Huawei wants to compete with these giants, they’ll have to build a new functional ecosystem which will be even more difficult. Getting app developers to build apps for a third OS when it’s already a burden to build for two is another problem.
Huawei now faces a great hurdle ahead of themselves in terms of building a stable OS that’s going to satisfy its customer’s needs. The biggest concern will be the availability of apps. If anyone of the leading smartphone companies have what it takes to build a new and successful Operating System, it is Huawei.
But blindly dropping a new OS to bust the duopoly without a stable app ecosystem will be tough, if notstupid.
It is now to be seen if Huawei’s “Plan B” will be surprisingly a major success or just another futile jab at
Android and iOS.