Slowly moving away from Google.
Huawei is already ramping up its big move from Android, evident by the unveiling of the second version of its own HarmonyOS software which the company confirmed will be launching across new smartphones sometime next year.
A report from Android Authority said that devices that are currently running on EMUI 11 (which is based on Android 11) will be eligible for an upgrade to HarmonyOS when it launches. It was pointed out though that HarmonyOS will be an optional upgrade, and that customers have a choice if they want to keep EMUI 11 running on their Huawei devices.
Despite the launch of HarmonyOS, Huawei is still planning long term support for its line of Android devices, including the ones that lack Google Mobile Services.
The introduction of a new player in the smartphone platform business is exciting, considering that it has been dominated by Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems for a year now. If Huawei plays it right, it could become a notable third player in this ecosystem.
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