Global Huawei devices retain Android app support

Highlights

  • Huawei’s HarmonyOS Next operating system is almost ready and is a self-developed OS that does not use AOSP.
  • Global Huawei devices will keep Android app support, but HarmonyOS Next will be exclusive to China.
  • HarmonyOS Next will look the same as HarmonyOS and will use HAP files as an alternative for APKs.
  • Huawei’s China-based users are still using tons of Android apps, and it will be interesting to see how Huawei plans on handling the transition.

Huawei’s HarmonyOS Next Operating System

Recently, it was announced that Huawei’s HarmonyOS Next operating system is almost ready. This is a self-developed OS and doesn’t use AOSP (Android Open Source Project), meaning it’s not an Android OS and doesn’t support Android apps.

Global Huawei Devices and HarmonyOS Next

Global Huawei devices will keep Android app support, and HarmonyOS Next will be exclusive to China. The company clarified that devices sold outside of China will continue to use EMUI and Huawei services. Support for Google services is not included, but Android app support is, along with Huawei services (HMS).

HarmonyOS Next Features and Looks

Huawei’s HarmonyOS Next will be used in China and has its alternative for APKs known as HAP files. It looks basically the same as HarmonyOS. It is a transition for the company and Huawei’s plans for handling it, especially in regard to getting developers to adapt Android apps for HMS, will be interesting to see.

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