The biggest story in the tech world this week is President Trump’s executive order to restrict U.S. companies from supplying products to Huawei. One result of this is Google revoking Huawei’s Android license. The U.S. Commerce Department has already softened the restrictions, but it’s clear the company should be concerned about their future with Android. The company has been working on a backup OS since 2012 and now we know a little more about it.
According to a report by Chinese publication Caijing, Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, has revealed details about Huawei’s OS. It will apparently be available later this Fall or early next year on phones, computers, tablets, TVs, cars, and wearables. The OS will be compatible with all Android apps and they can also be recompiled to improve performance.
After the news of Google revoking Huawei’s Android license, many assumed that they would simply build an OS based on AOSP. It may not be that simple. They may not be able to use any OS that contains copyright belonging to a U.S. company. So this news of Android app support is a pretty big deal since other Android alternatives, such as Tizen, do not support Android apps out of the box.
Huawei devices have become incredibly popular over the last few years, meaning there are millions of people relying on Android apps on their Huawei phones. People won’t want to give up those apps if they move to a new Huawei device.
This situation is far from over. Huawei is already working closely with Google to work on a solution. At the end of all of this, Huawei may still be allowed to use Android and Google Play services. But it’s important to know the company has a backup plan and it involves Android in some capacity.