The US ban pushed Huawei to build its Android OS replacement, HarmonyOS. To make the most out of it, the company’s consumer business director Richard Yu opened up the possibility of sharing its homemade software to other smartphone manufacturers.
Yu said that Huawei might be open to sharing HarmonyOS to other smartphone OEMs just in case they can’t obtain a license to use Google Mobile Services (GMS). Huawei’s own Mobile Services (HMS) and HarmonyOS is now being used on new Huawei smartphones that came out since they lose the license.
It’s said that HarmonyOS 2.0’s development is going great and may already have all the features to be a complete alternative to Android.
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However, just like the issues we had on EMUI 11-running Huawei phones that lack GMS, the apps available on the Huawei App Gallery — Huawei’s alternative to the Google Play Store — is still very limited. Even a couple of the most popular apps in the world are still absent.
Chances are, Huawei’s objective in sharing its own operating system with other brands is so more developers are enticed to bring their apps to the Huawei ecosystem.