- A Google spokesman confirmed that Huawei's future smart phones will not be able to use the Android operating system. As a result, Huawei's upcoming phones will also not run Android apps.
- Huawei has a backup operating system called Harmony OS, but its popularity has not been proven.
- Without Android and its applications, the operating system Harmony OS and Huawei smartphones may suffer the same fate as Windows Phone, which has been phased out largely because Microsoft has not managed to get the desired applications on the Windows Phone operating system.
- If Huawei's Mate 30 Pro fails because it does not have the desired applications by users, it could be the first major material casualty of the US-Canada trade war. China.
- Despite this, Huawei is still considering launching the Mate 30 Pro in September.
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On a normal year, millions of Huawei fans anticipate the announcement of the company's new smartphones. But 2019 is not a normal year.
In May 2019, Huawei was placed on a blacklist of US trade, preventing US companies from doing business with Huawei without permission from the US government. As a result, Huawei can not use Google's Android operating system on its next phone, the Mate 30 Pro, confirmed a Google spokesman to Reuters.
Despite this, Huawei is still considering launching its Mate 30 Pro smartphone in September. But the expectation and excitement of launching a new Huawei phone in the company is probably now tainted with apprehension.
Without the Android operating system, Huawei Mate 30 phones can not run the suite of Google applications, nor Android applications from the Google Play Store. This puts the next Huawei Mate 30 smartphone in a dizzying position. Faced with the choice of phones with all the desired applications compared to a Huawei phone offering a limited offer, it is clear that consumers will choose a phone.
Of course, Huawei has a backup operating system called Harmony OS, which makes future Huawei smartphones at least usable. But Huawei faces the daunting task of making application developers create applications that run on Huawei's Harmony OS.
The sad fate of Windows Phone from Microsoft has shown that it is not so easy to get application developers to create applications for a peripheral operating system. It can be argued that Windows Phone has gone out due to a vicious paradox: Windows Phone did not have the applications that people were looking for, so that few people have bought Windows phones. And as few people bought Windows phones, application developers did not find it useful to develop applications for Windows Phone.
If Harmony OS does not have a single popular app, Huawei's competition is already more appealing, regardless of the quality of its phone, its number of features or the quality of its camera.
If Huawei does not break the US blacklist, the company's smartphone market is likely to suffer the same fate as Microsoft's Windows Phone.
Huawei always has the chance to surprise us and prove that the story is wrong with Harmony OS. After all, as the world's second-largest handset maker, Huawei's smartphone business is already popular. Application developers are certainly aware of this and would also feel the impact of the ban made by Huawei to use Google's Android. Millions of users will no longer use their apps. If this impact is large enough, they could simply make their apps available on the Harmony OS app store.
The status of Huawei in the United States on the blacklist is not necessarily permanent. Trump said the US government could lift the ban if a trade deal was struck between the United States and China. But the commercial "war" between the United States and China still seems far from resolved and, in the meantime, the fate of Huawei's smart phone business is uncertain.