Who knows how the news was received in Huawei’s upper floor offices when the top executives learnt about the end of the relationship with Google Android because of the trade war that broke out between the U.S., in particular the Trump administration, and China. Maybe someone caught up in the despair may have thought to leave this business and think of something else like signing up with genting casino code but then it looks like the Chinese technology giant still has a plan B.
Meanwhile, we want to remove from despair those who already have a Huawei smartphone: Android will not disappear from your device. Are you happier now? The problem will affect all smartphones that will be put on the market in the near future. And if Android will no longer be in these Chinese devices, the Chinese themselves are planning to create their own operating system.
Huawei has already been working on a proprietary OS since 2012 and the project is called Hongmeng (or Kirin Os). Ren Zhengfei, founder of the Shenzhen company, is really counting on it and proudly responds to the developments of the last week: “The U.S. underestimates our capabilities,” he warned, assuring that “Huawei is able to continue to provide products and services: the U.S. sanctions decided by Donald Trump will not harm the company’s core business.”
Is there really room in the world for a third operating system within smartphones besides Google Android and Apple iOS? We would immediately want to ask Microsoft for an answer, since they failed miserably with their Windows Phone, despite their multi-million investments. They didn’t manage to build a straight connection with a very widespread operating system for Personal Computers even after their previous acquisition of the former giant of smartphones, the Finnish Nokia.
Huawei’s big challenge is to create both an operating system and a true ecosystem of its own. That is, a structured universe based on Hongmeng capable of offering as many apps and services as possible to its customers. Even those apps that are limited but that (more or less grown up) children like so much. In other words, Hongmeng, to be competitive, must have everything that Android and iOS already have to offer otherwise the battle will be lost at the start.
Surely, Huawei will also think about this and is also thinking about a new silk route. Negotiations between Huawei and Aptoide, the famous applications online store of Portuguese origin, are already underway. Through CEO Paulo Trezentos, Aptoide has confirmed the dialogue with Huawei, which is supposedly at the preliminary stages. This could be the actual alternative to the Play Store, however providing users with a huge number of services.
As Master Yoda of Star would say, the war of smartphones started has. So we’ll see if a global competitor will come from China to challenge Google and Apple. Surely the success or failure of the Hongmeng operation could change the world of smartphones forever as we have known it in the last 10 years. Anyway, it’s easy to imagine that Donald Trump and all the members of his large extended family will hardly buy a smartphone from Huawei with the new operating system!