Huawei admits the challenges of Google ban despite HarmonyOS

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“While Android is an open-source and developers are free to install it on any device, one has to get Google Mobile Services certification from Google to access Google Play Store”

Huawei admits that the lack of Google apps for its AOSP operating system has been more challenging than it initially thought. In the latest interview with the Financial Times, Joy Tan, vice-president, public affairs at Huawei US, said that while they were able to use Android, they can’t run the required apps on the handsets. Though Android is an open-source and developers are free to install it on any device, one has to get Google Mobile Services certification from Google to access Google Play Store.

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Though the Chinese smartphone marker is working on Harmony OS, the executive admits that it would be a while before the OS fully replaces Google’s Android OS.

Google Mobile Service certifications also provide frameworks for Maps, Payments, and more. For Huawei, it’s even more challenging as they’re prohibited from using any app which originates from the US in their app store. Though the Chinese smartphone marker is working on Harmony OS, the executive admits that it would be a while before the OS fully replaces Google’s Android OS and compete with iOS. It remains to be seen how successful Huawei would be in that aspect given the security concerns. Joy Tan, vice-president, public affairs at Huawei US further added that despite their efforts, the company was unable to get in touch with the legislative branch of the US.

To remind you, Huawei Mate 30-series that was recently unveiled came with AOSP version of Android 10 with custom EMUI 10 skin on top. These don’t include the Google set of apps like Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Assistant etc. Despite the premium and powerful hardware, Huawei’s flagships are falling short in terms of software and privacy concerns.

Sai Krishna is a close follower of tech and everything that has the word 'smart' involved. This makes him passionate to write about everything revolving around the world of technology. He can always be seen surfing the web and while he’s not working, you can find him re-watching Seinfeld and reading comics.
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SOURCEFinancial Times