The infamous, ongoing “security” war between Huawei and the US has effectively banned Google services from the company’s upcoming smartphones. The new Mate 30 devices are the first to launch without the Play Store and Google’s suit of apps, despite a temporary license from the US allowing existing phones to maintain Google services. Although Huawei could ultimately get back unfettered access to Android, HarmonyOS is the emergency plan B (with next year’s Huawei P40 ready for it). The proprietary OS is currently designed for devices like smart TV’s, wearables and in-car entertainment, but it’s now set to be loaded on existing devices with dual boot support, allowing Android to run alongside.
HarmonyOS was unveiled on August 9th as a versatile platform for applications like Android, HTML5 and Linux. Leaks have pointed to Google restricting additional mods to Huawei’s EMUI 10 skin on Android, leading the company to push it’s own dual booting OS to smartphones – users can decide whether to go with HarmonyOS or Android.
Things are in the early stages and Huawei has yet to choose which devices will be first. Performance and compatibility results will be key deciding factors. Would you be interested in a Huawei phone with both operating systems available? It seems a bit complicated for mainstream consumers, but we’ll see how this plays out. And if Google services return to new Huawei smartphones, HarmonyOS should probably just stick to IoT devices, regardless of future EMUI overlays.
source: Huawei Advisor