Huawei may not return to Android ecosystem if forced to

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It's already apparent now that Huawei devices have been denied from using Google Mobile Services (GMS) since May 2019. The Google Play Store hasn't been available in China since 2010, and Chinese app developers have made their own hugely popular apps like social media platform Weibo, ecommerce app TaoBao, and the "Netflix of China", IQIYI. In the meantime, Huawei launched its very own OS to be used in the worst-case scenario.

Earlier today, several sites reported that the Chinese telecom and electronics giant Huawei would not want to use Google Mobile Services even if the USA trade ban is lifted. The apprehension and the subsequent decision are quite untestable simply because the company (alongside others) may get banned again in the future.

"An open Android ecosystem is still our first choice, but if we are not able to continue to use it, we have the ability to develop our own".

Just as a note for others who read this. Wangfei said that Huawei wants to be independent of the U.S. since it is hard to tell if there is another blockage after the current one.

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It will still use Android open source (AOSP) overlaid with Huawei's EMUI User Interface. No Google apps, maps, no local banking or shopping apps - nada.

Huawei has been making some great phones over the past few years, rapidly increasing its market share in several key markets around the world in addition to China. The official statement that the company has no plans of joining the GMS bandwagon even if and when it is allowed can be interpreted in a number of ways. However, you could be mistaken for being confused there, because at first Huawei's presented vision for HarmonyOS was that it was indeed going to be its all-singing, all-dancing OS for, well, everything Huawei related, before walking back that statement and saying it would stick to Android for the time being.

In a recent interview, Huawei's Rotating Chairman Eric Xu said the tech giant was "standing strong in the face of adversity" but admitted that 2020 will be hard with "survival being our first priority". The decision will be valid even if the Government of the United States of America ever lifts, suspends or relaxes the ongoing trade ban. Huawei tells Standard that it already replicates the most essential 24 out of 60 individual APIs through its Huawei Mobile Services alternative thanks to a team of 4,000 developers.

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