Would Huawei Return To Google? It Depends Who You Ask

While the operating system developed by Huawei would also support Android apps, the bigger challenge is to actually build alternatives to the Google services that are bundled with Android phones. Huawei doesn't plan to return to Android with all the popular Google apps present - think Play Store, Search, Google Maps, Gmail, and others. In the meantime, Huawei launched its very own OS to be used in the worst-case scenario. In keeping with that at a press conference in Vienna on Thursday the country manager for Austria, Fred Wangfei, said that "Huawei will no longer return to Google services even if the USA should lift the trade ban".

We have already heard that Huawei is working on both Harmony OS, an operating system that will work on many devices, and Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), replacements for Google Mobile Services (GMS) that you could use on both Harmony OS and Android, which is an open platform operating system (so that Huawei is not prohibited from using it). There are three major components that Huawei needs to sperate itself from Google and other American companies: Hardware, OS and Apps. While discussing Huaweis long-term strategy in Austria, Fei clearly iterated that the company wants to get rid of this dependence on U.S. politics and is ruling out a return to Googles app and service ecosystem even if it was on the table.

Huawei have since said that their first choice is still "an open Android ecosystem" which to me is NOT a walking back of their statement.

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Huawei and a few other telecom giants have received some reprieve from foreign nations, who have agreed to use the Chinese-made hardware, but the scale has reduced substantially.

It will still use Android open source (AOSP) overlaid with Huawei's EMUI User Interface. A report from Austrian publication Der Standard suggests that Huawei won't go back into Google's arms even if that happened, something unsurprising for the proud and stubborn company.

If it is the latter, it would make a lot of sense, especially as Huawei has revealed a new IoT-focused operating system, intensified its developer ecosystem plans and roped in TomTom to help with its mapping services in recent months. The decision will be valid even if the Government of the United States of America ever lifts, suspends or relaxes the ongoing trade ban.

  • Delia Davidson