Huawei isn't developing its own Android alternative: executive

Huawei isn't developing its own Android alternative: executive
Huawei P20 and P20 Pro running Android 8.1 Oreo

For quite some time now, Huawei has been rumored to be following in the footsteps of Samsung by attempting to develop its own Android alternative. But today, after the launch of the company's EMUI 9.0 which is based on Android 9 pie, Huawei's President of Consumer Business Software Engineering, Dr. Wang Chenglu, responded to a number of questions regarding the matter and confirmed that the company has no such plans.

Due to the fact that the company already actively develops EMUI, the executive stated that developing a whole new OS wouldn’t actually be that difficult. Instead, Huawei recognizes that the true problems would lie in the lack of an app ecosystem. After all, following years of dominance in the smartphone market, Android has built up a rather vast ecosystem of apps, much like Apple’s iOS. Something that consumers have become accustomed to. Because of this, if Huawei was to launch its own mobile OS, it would likely suffer the same problems as Samsung’s Tizen or even Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile. However, the potential problems don’t end there.

In addition to the need for apps, the all-new operating system would also require a whole new range of agreements between Huawei and partnering companies, not to mention the carriers that would presumably sell the smartphones.

Ultimately, while a proprietary OS would provide significant benefits to Huawei in the form of more control and a reduced dependence on Google, it seems that an entry in the smartphone market this far down the line simply wouldn’t make business sense, even if Huawei does eventually overtake Samsung as the number one smartphone manufacturer.



1. may_czos

Posts: 958; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

I think they keep that ace up the sleeve until Google will start making problems. I think Google is also aware that Android depends on Huawei, Samsung and Xiaomi.

2. master-mkk

Posts: 214; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

they can't even design a good user interface so it really won't be a wise idea to design and build there own os from the scratch

20. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

And yet they still managed to sell 150 million phones last year. There are such things as launchers you know.

22. master-mkk

Posts: 214; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

a launcher won't fix a system-wide user interface you know selling millions of devices doesn't mean s**t you now you are a f**king moron you know go away before I f**k your mama you know f**k you you know

3. macawmatt

Posts: 143; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

I could see it working in Asia and other markets in that area, don't see how it would work in the US or Europe because of the apps.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22842; Member since: May 28, 2014

Considering how well Huawei is doing with Android, it just wouldn't make good business sense for them to be working on another OS at this time. Better for them to focus on what they are currently doing and improve upon it.

5. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No one will ever be able to compete against iOS and Android, there might have been a chance to do so 6-7 years ago, but with the gigantic app stores these platforms have, there is no way any company would be able to crack this dominance. You might be able to offer a new OS in low budget phones like Samsung did, where only basic apps like Whatsapp or Facebook are offered, but I don't think we'll ever see a mid-ranger or a flagship phone running on a different OS than these two.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22842; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is true. Android and iOS's respective ecosystems are just too big at this point. We won't see any OS competing with these two for a very long time to come, which is extremely unfortunate. I say "very long time" because I like to subscribe to "never say never". The dominant OS's used to be Symbian, BlackBerryOS and Windows Mobile way back in the day. I never thought I'd see these OS's get toppled. But here we are today with two very different OS's at the top of the pile, with no competition except each other.

9. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The thing is back then app stores weren't essential, they didn't even exist as far as I can remember, that's why people had no problem is trying something else, which is a completely different story to what we are accustomed to these days.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22842; Member since: May 28, 2014

True that, but even back then wth no real app stores, Nokia's Symbian had a disproportionate amount of market share compared to Windows Mobile and BlackBerryOS. The majority of Nokia smartphone users back then were unwilling to try anything other than a Nokia smartphone powered by Symbian. I remember thinking Symbian would never fall.

11. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No one really cared about OS that time, Nokia was successful because of the range of phones they used to release to the market. I was a die-hard Nokia fan at that time, but I still switched to other OEMs like Sony for example if the phone looked better.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22842; Member since: May 28, 2014

I was a die-hard Nokia fan too. Still am a huge fan of them. But there were plenty of people that cared about the OS. I'd say it was split down the middle with who cared for the OS and who cared for just the hardware. I'd also wager that it was an even split between OS and hardware why Nokia was so successful. Even back then, I carried two phones with me: One Nokia phone, and either a BlackBerry or a Windows Mobile phone. But one could argue that it was more because of the OS than the hardware, because Nokia fans dumped Nokia in droves when they went the Windows Phone route.

15. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Nokia signed the deal with Microsoft in 2011, 4 years after the 1st year iPhone was released and also few years after Android was originally released and when it was gaining lots of traction in the smartphone market. People didn't jump out of the Nokia bandwagon because of Windows, they were already jumping out of that wagon because Symbian was looked at as an outdated dumb OS when compared to iOS and Android. People were still interested in Nokia phones and waiting for them to adopt Android as their main OS, but weren't actually buying them, just waiting and hoping they will go with Android. But when they went against the grain and decided that Windows is better for them, that's when you saw a huge decline in their market share. Their business was steadily moving downwards, but that Windows deal ended their hopes of them ever recovering back and actually accelerated the death of the company.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22842; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’m aware of that, but in 2011 Nokia’s Symbian still had a huge piece of the pie market share wise. Android was gaining, but it wasn’t until the deal with Microsoft that they lost most of its users. People were still hold of on to Nokia because they thought. Nokia was going to choose MeeGo to go with instead of Windows. (Fans would have went with Android too, but they wanted MeeGo more). When the deal with Microsoft was sealed, that’s when Nokia fans started to dump Nokia smartphones. Remember, the N9 was just as highly regarded as the iPhone when it was first released. Their business was moving down, but it wasn’t until they went with Windows that it sank like dead shark in water.

6. Sparkxster

Posts: 1261; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

It's entirely possible for someone to challenge iOS and Android but they would need buckets of cash and a good alternative to the big two. I think Amazon is capable of doing this. Just imagine if Amazon bought blackberry years ago there fire tablets could have been running blackberry os and they could have revived the fire phone running bbos. Things would have been real interesting with the three of them competing against each other.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22842; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not without the apps to compete with iOS and Android. This is a very app driven world we live in concerning smartphones. It's unfortunate, because B10 is still in my mind the greatest OS ever, but it lacked the apps/develioer support to compete.

13. mixedfish

Posts: 1570; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Android is OK as is, but Google is more interested in user volume to generate ad revenue then to truly make something excellent. I always feel it is lacking. iOS is just terrible, always feels like it is designed for those who are challenged. I thought Windows could've been something, but Microsoft was just not committed. So I would like to see a new player in the market, it can be done.

14. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1486; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

iOS was designed to be a light basic OS that focused on being user-friendly by restricting what users could do. Uniformity, although not without its quirks Android was a planned as a versatile OS that would be easy to develop for and allowed users and OEMs much more freedom. What we've seen over the past few years is that as iOS gains more functionality, the OS needs some serious overhauling to keep performance up to par. iOS12 is expected to be that kind of update to the OS. Android on the other hand has increased restrictions for security purposes, increased performance and to create a more uniform experience on devices. It's still the most versatile OS, even if some of the freedom has gone. I've had Windows Mobile, Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile. I think Microsoft had the right idea around Windows Mobile 6.5, but the hardware simply wasn't ready for it. Everything that came after was just executed poorly.

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