Threats Google’s Android faces from Huawei’s Harmony OS. Or is it the other way round? Welcome to Trade War: Huawei vs Google Season 1
Trade war:Huawei vs Google is an understatement.
Google LLC is a multi-national American company that specializes in the production and marketing of internet-related products. The company was founded in 1998 and its products include online advertisement, cloud computing, software and hardware. The Google Android Operating System (OS) is one of the most popular and most reliable softwares.
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd; a Chinese multinational company, was founded in 1987 and it produces telecommunication equipment and smartphones. Huawei is the producer of Harmony OS. The on-going trade war between the US and China has resulted into Huawei pulling-out of the US domestic market in 2018 and the company was banned from doing commercial transactions with US companies in May 2019. However, despite these difficulties, Huawei’s Harmony Operating System appears poised to give Google’s Android a tough competition in the global market.
Google’s Android OS
Android is an open-sourced mobile Operating System developed by Google and designed specifically for touchscreen devices such as smartphones and tablets. It was initially released on September 23, 2008 and the latest edition was released on September 3, 2019. Since 2011, Android has been the best- selling OS on smartphones and on tablets, since 2013.It is available in over 100 languages and as of May, 2017, it has over 2 billion monthly active users. Google’s Android is arguably the most popular OS for smartphones and tablets. This is probably due to its openness; other Operating Systems are protected by copyrights. According to the International Data Corporation, Google’s Android held an 85.1% of the global mobile operating system in 2018 and this market is predicted to rise to 86.7% in 2019 and 87.1% in 2023.
The US-China Trade War
Trade War: Huawei vs Google, who started it? It’s getting more interesting.
In the early part of 2018, the US government imposed tariffs against a number of Chinese products imported into US in a bid to protect US firms and to reduce the massive trade deficit the US is carrying in its trade with China. China retaliated by imposing substantial tariff on a number of American products. Accusations of trade secret theft and fraud resulted into the US calling for the blacklisting of Huawei across several countries including Canada, Poland, Italy UK, Germany, the Philippines and Poland. On December 6, 2018, Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada at the request of the US. Against the backdrop of the trade war, the US suspected that Huawei’s hardware could be used for espionage purposes by the Chinese government and subsequently, on May 15, 2019 President Donald Trump banned Huawei from American communication network. In August 2019, Huawei developed the Harmony OS in order to make it independent of the Android and Linux Systems.
Advantages of the Harmony OS
Huawei has made the Harmony OS open-source in order to facilitate its use by all smartphone companies. Application developers could easily use the OS. The OS is based upon micro-kernel technology which requires lower code quantity when compared to android or Linux-based operating systems and it also enhances security of devices. The manufacturer claims that the OS is faster than Android and that it consumes lesser power. Harmony OS is compatibles with all types of Artificial Intelligence technology and the wireless 5G networking.
Disadvantages of the Harmony OS
Despite its technological advantages over the android OS, Harmony being a new technology faces challenges. The main disadvantage is that android devices would not be supported by Harmony OS. There are very few applications to install. As security suspicions in Huawei’s products that have been aroused in the US, US firms might possibly refuse to utilize Harmony OS for this specific reason.
Consequently, despite Harmony OS’s faster speed and lower power consumption, the ban of Huawei’s products could make Harmony OS not marketable in the United States. However, for the teeming Chinese and other global consumers, Harmony OS could easily be substitute for the Android option in some time to come.
While we play the “wait to see what happens next” game, you get prepared for Trade War: Huawei vs Google Season Finale because there will be a winner and a loser, although some believe there’s no winner in any trade conflict.
In my opinion, this Trade War: Huawei vs Google is hurting consumers more than these tech gladiators and it should stop immediately. It shouldn’t have been allowed to take event in the first place.