Huawei could be calling it quits on Android in 2021


Huawei is in a bit of a bind at the moment. With their license with the US government having expired, it means that phones with Google Play Services, such as the P30 series, are affected. It means that these devices will not only not get the Android 11 update, but they will stop receiving security updates from Google as well, putting them at risk.

This means that Huawei needs an alternative and they need it fast, which is why during the company’s annual developers conference in China, Huawei’s head of consumer business group Richard Yu announced that starting in 2021, the company will start bringing Harmony OS to its smartphones.

Yu says that they will start seeding a beta version to developers this December, and it will roll out to their devices next year.

For those unfamiliar, Huawei introduced Harmony OS back in 2019 as its alternative to Android. The platform was initially designed for IoT devices, but it will also be usable on smartphones and tablets, although whether or not it will be good enough for users to abandon Android remains to be seen.

Despite its current situation, Huawei is currently the largest smartphone vendor in the world, displacing the likes of Apple and Samsung. The company has quite a loyal following over in China, but like we said, it is unclear if its customers are willing to adopt a new operating system after years of being used to Android. Either way, we’ll have to wait and see.

Source: Gadgets 360

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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