When the US sanctioned Huawei, a rumor circulated that the Chinese manufacturer could drop Android and use its own operating system. Currently, all Huawei smartphones use the open source version of the Android operating system, which does not have Google’s applications and services pre-installed.
However, the manufacturer has already formalized its operating system called Harmony OS. Huawei initially offered this operating system for other product categories. However, Harmony OS is currently also being tested on smartphones in China. This shows that Huawei is therefore also interested in using this operating system on its smartphones.
In the long run, Harmony OS could even be used by other brands, including Chinese brands. This is definitely suggested in an article published by Mashable India, which forwards a publication from the myfixguide.com website (based on information from the Chinese social network Wiebo).
Chinese manufacturers could use Huawei’s operating system
According to this new rumor, Huawei’s operating system may no longer be in beta anytime soon. And obviously it is already of interest to Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo and Meizu, Chinese manufacturers. This interest from other manufacturers in Harmony OS is believed to be due to Huawei’s desire to support the chips made by Qualcomm and Mediatek that are used by these manufacturers. However, it is very likely that even if these manufacturers are using Harmony OS, they will only do so for models sold in China.
At the moment, of course, this is just a rumor. Therefore caution is advised. Still, this one is pretty relevant. While Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, and Meizu are not restricted like Huawei, using Harmony OS (which is believed to be a Chinese competitor to Android) can be a selling point in the Middle Kingdom.
On the other hand, using Harmony OS could be a way to protect yourself from the American threat posed as a result of the trade war between the United States and China. As a reminder, before the end of his mandate, the Trump administration had blacklisted Xiaomi.
Unlike the list in which there is Huawei, this one does not affect the supply chain, but aims to withdraw American investments from Xiaomi. Xiaomi had nevertheless thought that this was an arbitrary measure.
“Xiaomi has obeyed the law and worked in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations of the jurisdictions in which it operates. The company recalls that it offers products and services for civil and commercial use. The company confirms that it is not owned, controlled by or affiliated with the Chinese military and that it is not a “Chinese Communist Military Society” as defined by the NDAA. The company will take appropriate steps to protect the interests of the company and its shareholders, ”said a statement released after the restrictions were announced.
And finally, two months ago, the American judiciary ordered Xiaomi to be temporarily removed from this list. Even so, this episode drew Xiaomi and other Chinese manufacturers’ attention to the impending threat.
In addition, Chinese manufacturers have already shown that they can team up to improve their products. For example, in 2020 Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo (through an alliance called the “Peer-to-Peer Transmission Alliance”) introduced an equivalent feature of AirDrop that is interoperable between their devices. This alliance was later joined by other brands, including Meizu and Realme.