Why Android could be under pressure from a new Huawei operating system
Google’s Android remains the most popular operating system in the world with more than two billion users worldwide. Until now, Google’s only other rival has been Apple and its popular iOS software – but that’s about to change and it could give the American company a lot of headaches.
As you may know, Huawei was forced to stop using Google’s apps and services in 2019 due to a US trade ban imposed on the Chinese company. While the latest phones are still running some version of Android right now, you won’t find any signs of Google Maps, Gmail, or the Play Store chock-full of apps.
Since the crippling ban took effect, Huawei has been busy launching its own software, including a new app store, but now it’s taking it a step further with the upcoming release of HarmonyOS. This Huawei operating system appears to be replacing Android on all of its new phones.
Now you may think that Huawei has no chance of taking on the power of Android and with the sale of smartphones in free fall it is sure to be a huge challenge.
However, Huawei’s new OS could get some serious help thanks to a number of other Chinese manufacturers who are believed to be interested in what Huawei has to offer.
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Much like Google is doing with Android, it looks like Huawei will happily hand over its operating system to rival companies, and it’s this news that could worry the US tech giant.
“HarmonyOS is available to all smartphone manufacturers,” Huawei said recently confirmed to TechRadar.
Rumors that have surfaced on the Chinese social media platform Weibo suggest that some of the world’s largest smartphone companies are considering moving to HarmonyOS with Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo, just some of the names mentioned.
These big players in the smartphone market are not commenting on the rumors, but switching to HarmonyOS could make a big dent in Google’s user numbers.
In Europe alone, Xiaomi and Oppo have both performed well in the first three months of 2021, with Xiaomi seeing 73 percent growth and Oppo a whopping 95 percent jump.
That puts these companies in third (Xiaomi) and fourth (Oppo) – just behind Apple and Samsung.
“Xiaomi achieved its highest ever market share in Europe in March thanks to the launch of its own flagship Mi11 devices. OPPO, OnePlus, realme and vivo also continue to grow strongly, with most launching new devices this quarter,” Counterpoint Research said. Deputy Director, Jan Stryjak.
We’ll have to wait and see what the future holds for Huawei, but Android could face serious competition to watch out for.
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