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Harmony OS: Huawei’s Operating System for Smart Devices, will it survive?

After the recent tremor that Huawei experienced when Donald Trump or the U.S. temporarily blocked their business in the United States in which affect their relationship with Google. Huawei learned a lesson: to not rely heavily on an outside provider. So, now they created their own operating system called Harmony OS or Hóngméng OS.

As of now, the operating system is not intended yet for Smartphones but rather to other smart devices like SmartTV, wearables, vehicles, house appliances, and an intermediary between Android and smart devices.

An open-source, microkernel-based distributed operating system being developed by Huawei HiSilicon

Harmony OS is expected to be released either this August or September 2019, with a worldwide plan release in the second quarter of 2020. Harmony OS is not a new Operating System contender of Android, there were lots of OS that tried but failed like Tizen from Samsung, Windows from Microsoft, Symbian from Nokia, etc. that does not really scratch the market share of Android and iOS. With this, will Harmony OS survive in the dominating world of Android and iOS? The strategy of Huawei to introduce this first to other smart devices could be a good move. Like some other operating system, Harmony OS is also open-source inticing developers to create applications or background systems that will work hand-in-hand with the OS.

According to Huawei, they will still use Google’s operating system on their smartphones but they are the only one that can tell of when until this be. Obviously, Huawei wanted to stand on their own and stop relying on other providers especially if they don’t have much of the control. This slow movement is just the start of their ambition to replace the current giants in smartphones, Smart device’s OS, and data gathering activities.

iOS is known for being user-friendly, optimized, and secure while Android is known for being customizable, innovative, and backed by a Search-engine giant. What could Harmony OS offers to the world that differentiates itself from iOS and Android that makes the world consider it? Let us wait and see for now on how this new OS will change the game.

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Oppo: Chinese Android Phone Manufacturer Deployed their own app store

To avoid a similar fate as Huawei, Guangdong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd, commonly referred to as Oppo, A Chinese Android phone manufacturer deployed their app store to their phones on their recent software updates. Oppo Appstore has similar functionality as the Google Play store and been around but was optional to install. Though this isn’t new, Samsung already had their own Appstore too long time ago but for Chinese brands, I think pushing their own repository of apps is now a necessity.

The move is reasonable for all Android manufacturer as we can see that Google still has the ultimate hold to their business. Google is reportedly arguing with the decision of the United States to ban Huawei as according to them could threaten US security. As per Google if sensitive information sent to the forked version of Android installed in Huawei device could be at risk or compromised since the forked version does not undergo rigorous check from Google.

If these Android phone manufacturers will create a similar app store like Google’s with similar or more feature and security then it will not be that difficult for them to continue their business in case Google or US will threaten them. From then they can have an absolute departure from Google and will start creating their own space and innovate from there. It could also mean a new mobile OS and a start of the downfall of Android if this new OS will proliferate.

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Huawei vs the USA

This is the first time in a scandalous way that a country is attacking a company and disabling its game in the industry. Though this is not shocking news as this happens commonly (most often it’s always tuck under the carpet for the benefit of both parties). This time United States of America is crippling Huawei, America is accusing Huawei of espionage and the ban is also related in the ongoing trade-war between America and China.

What will happen to the customers of Huawei?

With this ongoing trade-war, the consumers are the most affected, Huawei as one of the highest selling smartphone manufacturer, its users are worried. Some are selling their smartphone at half the price, others are immediately switching to other brands. The sanction will prohibit Huawei from using Google’s services unless they acquire a permit from the US government thus security update and patches will become impossible leaving Huawei smartphones vulnerable.

Though according to Google current users of Huawei as well as those deployed and now in the store shelves will still be able to access the play store and its applications. The sanction is only applicable to those devices that will be manufactured or release after the ban, though services like on-air update and future development will not be available for all Huawei smartphones. Huawei immediately assures its customers that they will continue to provide security updates and after-sale services.

Huawei’s next move

It is logical for Huawei to immediately create its own platform that will support its smartphones to maintain its business in the smartphone department. They said that they already have a back-up plan or plan B as if they already anticipated this to happen. Whether it’s true or just a statement of assurance for the customers it will still be difficult for Huawei, for now, to make this on par with Google Playstore. This new “platform” is like another business department that will fight against Google Playstore and Apple’s AppStore and being new and unexposed in the market it’s expected that it will have limited applications and most likely ‘boring’.

If they will push this through and put efforts and money on it this will be a good business for them. But they have to act fast since consumers are now contemplating in buying Huawei products since US is bad marketing them globally.

My take on this issue

For me, this deep trouble that Huawei is facing is just America’s business move. What I am seeing as the main reason for America to bad market and ban Huawei from doing business in their country is because of the competition between the American brand versus Chinese brand. Huawei’s major product is not the smartphones but the hardware and network gears. Major carriers in the US are gearing toward 5G network and Huawei can provide it to them fast and less expensive but lawmakers are rushing too to keep Huawei hardware out and use the potential espionage issue as the acceptable reasoning. We all know that President Trump is a pro-America as well as its party if we can remember President Trump’s absurd idea of a literal wall between Mexico and America.

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President Trump is aware that Chinese, Mexican, and other nationalities migrating or doing business in America is outracing the American people. The action against Huawei is a clear move of bullying and intimidation to showcase their power. Eventually for America, if this route will push through will definitely trigger their downfall. The world is getting smaller and closer and to survive in this competitive world is to collaborate disregarding the race, religion, complexion, status, etc. If President Trump wants American to compete in the future he should be supporting programs to acquire knowledge from the other nationalities and let his people learn from it instead of weeding out the competition and making them isolated eventually from the rest of the world.