Huawei, the world’s third-largest smartphone manufacturer, is reportedly developing its own mobile OS. Phones made by the Chinese manufacturer currently run on the company’s Android skin, EMUI, but according to a report from The Information Huawei is building an alternative OS in case its relationship with Google sours.
The company reportedly has a team working on the mobile OS in Scandinavia, with the engineers including ex-Nokia employees. But although Huawei isn’t the only Android phone maker exploring alternatives (Samsung has its own Linux-based Tizen OS, although that’s mainly been deployed in IoT devices so far), sources speaking to The Information say the company’s operating system “isn’t far along.”
That ship has sailed. It’s probably in Fiji by now.
..aaand Larry Page and Sundar Pichai are laughing out hard, on their throne made out of the molten mobile devices of their surrendered enemies.
Because modern smartphone apps are tied to services. You can’t just re-implement the Android API and call it a day, like you can with win32 (and Wine has achieved that for a number of apps, the infamous Platinum Apps).
Your savegames are on Google Play Games. For example, I have some progress on Ridge Racer Slipstream, and I would like it to be there when I move to a new device, because I ‘ve paid some microtransactions to achieve it (a small amount but existing). Then there are movies purchased with Google Movies, whatever you happen to have saved on Maps, Google Music and Chrome Sync.
How exactly do they Huawei people plan to move all that user data into their own domestic OS? Or they think users will make a mostly lateral move that will cost them their “cloud” user data? (realistically speaking, how much better will the new OS be?)
Who can hear the evil laugh bouncing around the hall…
PS: Looks like Huawei has money to burn. Too bad they chose the wrong place to burn them on. They should be experimenting with wearable, which is a less locked-down territory, or IoT-whatever…
Edited 2016-06-24 04:16 UTC