Huawei OS could prove a major lure for app developers


Whereas those with new Huawei phones will not have Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps pre-installed. Now, HUAWEI needs more apps to be running on its new platform so that it can replace the Play Store that Android users have gotten used to.

"We are reviewing the Commerce Department's final rule and the more recently issued temporary general license and taking steps to ensure compliance", Facebook said, referring to a 90-day grace period allowing continued support of existing Huawei equipment.

Designer2k2 [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsHuawei has been working on its new operating system to replace Android for quite some time, and now we may have the very first screenshots from it. Huawei's new OS will be called Hongmeng, and if the screenshots we're seeing are accurate, it looks to be very basic in design. Huawei heavily relies on Google as it uses Android OS on its smartphones.

Huawei is intensively testing its own operating system, to be named "HongMeng OS" for China market or "Oak OS" for overseas market, which is likely to be launched in August or September, China's Global Times newspaper said on Friday, citing unnamed sources.

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All Huawei phones have our official AppStore "AppGallery" preloaded globally, with 270 million monthly active users. The email promises developers for "full support" to let them publish their Android apps in the AppGallery with free membership in a community made up of 560,000 developers.

The company invites certain Play developers to join their team of "560K developers" in the Huawei Developer Portal. For example, Amazon attempts to bring over as many apps as possible for its app store since the Fire Tablet doesn't have access to Google's services.

Google revoked Huawei's Android license when President Donald Trump added Huawei to its Entity List, mandating that all USA companies request permission from the Federal Government to do business with Huawei. However, the strongest effect has been on Huawei which is the leading telecom provider in China and one of the leading smartphones providers.

This also means updates for those who have Huawei devices will stop coming and at the end, they will eventually lose the functionality of those apps.