By now everyone should have heard of the current situation Huawei has found itself in. The United States government decided to place the company on a blacklist, and that has essentially caused a lot of problems.
This is primarily due to the ongoing trade war with the United States and China, with president Donald Trump as the alleged main aggressor. Some might view the Chinese communist government as the primary aggressor here, but we’re not going to go deep into this aspect of the trade war.
Now, by being on the blacklist, Huawei will no longer be able to use the Android operating system for their mobile devices. Yes, the company has the option to use the open source version known as the Android Open Source Project, or AOSP for short.
Google is not the only company who is no longer working with the Chinese giant. We’ve come to understand that American chipmakers such as Qualcomm, Intel, Western Digital, Broadcom, and more, have walked away from the table.
Huawei has been preparing
For the past couple of years, Huawei has been preparing a great deal for the possibility of no longer having access to Android and Google services. The company has made it public since 2012 that it was working on its own mobile operating system, but nothing has yet come to fruition.
Creating an all-new operating system to compete with Google and Apple is not a difficult task, but getting it to a successful position is where the difficulties lie. Here’s the thing, Huawei will have no problems finding success in China because Google and its services are virtually diminished there.
When it comes down to the outside of China, then, well, that’s where things get extremely tricky. In these markets, users tend to have a deep connection with Google services and other apps that takes advantage of the Google API.
As it stands, then, Huawei will have no choice but to clone all major Google apps, and that includes the likes of Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, and Drive.
Many have tried over the years, and all have failed, so how can Huawei make a difference?
The China effect
China is growing right now, and according to some, the country is destined to unseat the United States at the top of the food chain where the economy is concerned. Not only that, but the Chinese government is aiming to become a technological powerhouse by 2025.
To become a leader in technologies, the country must end its reliance on the United States for hardware and software. It simply means the Chinese must create a successful mobile operating system, one that is both accepted in China and the rest of the world.
This is the reason Huawei will not fail, even if it takes multiple years to get there. Make no mistake, we are witnessing the rise of the third mobile operating system, the one that will strive alongside Android and iOS.
Additionally, one should bear in mind that China is pushing heavily to become the leading nation where electric cars (EVs) and self-driving vehicles are concerned. A homegrown mobile operating system that works well on a smartphone, car, and everything else is key here.
Not to mention, these Made in China EVs and self-driving vehicles will be imported worldwide, therefore, the success of Huawei’s mobile OS is imperative.
We could be wrong in our assessment, but time will tell as we watch how this drama plays out in the coming months and years.