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Danish Kapoor
Danish Kapoor

Huawei plans to end Android app support with HarmonyOS Next

As competition increases among technology giants around the world, Huawei's big step ending its dependence on the Android platform marks the beginning of a new era in the industry. Following the US embargo, Huawei's licensed Android usage rights were taken away, causing the company to look for alternative ways. HarmonyOS, developed and released during this process, stands out as a concrete example of the company's efforts to chart an independent path.

HarmonyOS Next could be an important step towards innovation and independence

Although HarmonyOS was first described as an “Android clone” by many people, Huawei rejected these comments at every opportunity. Contrary to claims, the architecture of HarmonyOS is designed to run smoothly on multiple device types, and this stands out as one of the most important features that differentiate it from other operating systems on the market.

As Huawei official Zhu Yonggang stated, as of now, the platform continues to work with more than 200 industry partners and aims to increase this number to 5,000 partners by the end of 2024. This has the potential to transform the HarmonyOS ecosystem from just an operating system into a technology platform.

It seems that one of the most striking innovations introduced with the HarmonyOS Next version, which is expected to come with the Huawei Mate 70 Series to be released in China in the coming months, will be the complete removal of Android APK support. This step emphasizes HarmonyOS' seriousness and independence in creating and developing its own application ecosystem.

Although the fact that it is based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project) components underlying the HarmonyOS operating system has caused some criticism, Huawei's technology leader Mr. Wang Chenglu's statements refute these criticisms. According to Chenglu, HarmonyOS offers a much wider range of cross-device integration and functionality, unlike Android and iOS.

We will see over time whether the arrival of HarmonyOS Next will be limited to China or will expand to the international market as well. The absence of Google applications and services on phones currently sold in China makes it easier for Chinese customers who are already unfamiliar with the Google experience to adapt to the new system. However, Huawei can continue with EMUI in the international market, especially on its smartphones. The company had already stated in its statement yesterday that it aims to lead the smartphone market in Turkey with its new phones. For this, Android application support must continue.

As a result, this step taken by Huawei with HarmonyOS Next will bring a new perspective not only to the company's future technological developments, but also to the entire industry's understanding of operating systems. With these innovations, Huawei aims to overcome the negative effects of the US embargo and strengthen its independent presence in the technology world.

Danish Kapoor