Harmony OS is actually not a Huawei's a backup plan
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After the ban on the use of the Android operating system took effect, Huawei disclosed its contingency plan. However, what expected is Plan B is the next step in Huawei's growth strategy.
First, Huawei has planned its new operating system for more than two years, so it is not related to the US trade ban that makes Google block Huawei's access to Android. Next, Harmony OS is not just an operating system for phones. Huawei stressed that it works on many devices and is an operating system for IoT. This means that Harmony OS is capable of multi-platform operation and takes consumers into an ecosystem of Huawei devices. That is how Apple keeps customers in the ecosystem with the ability to interact between macOS, iOS and now iPadOS.
It is all feasible to consider Huawei's scale. Unlike most smartphone manufacturers from China, this is not the only company selling phones. Huawei has a huge list of patents and this is one of the largest and most important telecommunications companies in the world. According to research by Dell’Oro Group, Huawei accounted for 28% market share in the global telecommunications equipment market in the third quarter of 2018.
Moreover, the company also owns chip maker HiSilicon and regularly launches products on Kirin brand chipsets instead of Qualcomm's popular Snapdragon chipset. Huawei even has 7nm Kirin 980 chipsets, on par with Qualcomm and Samsung, according to today's chipset technology.
All make Huawei one of the only companies next to Samsung, theoretically able to create an independent ecosystem like Apple. The company currently has its own operating systems, processors and applications designed for these systems. The only thing missing is the devices running on these systems.
While Samsung has only just started with Tizen, Huawei has a fairly global market share and a strong home field. According to data from the International Data Group (IDC), Huawei launched 36.3 million smartphones in China in the second quarter and became the most successful company in China and Europe. Huawei's strong customer base in China can convince many developers to build applications for Harmony OS. Thereby, Harmony OS will have a powerful app store that any operating system needs to succeed. Huawei can use this to convince buyers of smartphones in other markets.
In short, it's easy to call Harmony OS Plan B but this is the next step in Huawei's growth strategy. Not only does the company want to stop Google's dominance on Android, but it also wants to make sure that more customers rely on its own ecosystem and Harmony OS is the way to do it.
By: Abigail Harris