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Huawei’s plan to develop its own OS is an exercise in futility doomed to fail

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If it was already difficult to break up the duopoly back when Android and iOS were still at their weakest, how much more difficult would it be now that the two have become the de facto mobile platforms of the world? Even those like Sailfish OS or even Ubuntu Touch (via UBports) that continue to go against the flow eventually offer some layer to make enable Android apps to run on them.

So why not just based this “Kirin OS” on Android in the first place? Presuming that’s not what Huawei has done already anyway. The code is open source, or at least the core of it. Yes, there are a number of “nice to have” features available only under a proprietary license from Google, but there are examples of Android-based systems that eschew Google Play Services, like Amazon’s Fire OS or Yandex’s custom Android flavor.

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"Own OS In Case It’s Banned From Using Android"

  • Huawei Has Created Its Own OS In Case It’s Banned From Using Android

    The legal battle between Huawei and the US could take a nasty turn, and the company is prepared for its after effects. In a recent interview with Die Welt, Huawei executive Richard Yu has said that the company has developed its own operating system in case the US enforces a ban on services like Android and Windows.

    According to the South China Morning Post, the China-based company has been working on an Android alternative since 2012 — right about the time when the U.S. started investigating ZTE and Huawei.

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