Finish of Android? Why a brand new rival may severely fear Google

With well over two billion users worldwide, Google’s Android is still the most popular operating system in the world. So far, Google’s only other rival has been Apple and its popular iOS software – but that will soon change and could be a major headache for the US company.

As you may know, Huawei had to stop using Google’s apps and services back in 2019 because the Chinese company imposed a US trade ban. Although the latest phones are still using an Android version right now, you won’t find any signs of it from Google Maps, Gmail, or the app-packed Play Store.

Since the ban on crippling came into force, Huawei has been busy bringing its own software, including a new app store, onto the market. But with the upcoming release of HarmonyOS, it goes one step further. This Huawei operating system is intended to replace Android on all new phones.

Now you might be thinking that Huawei has no chance to take power from Android and with its smartphone sales in free fall it is sure to be a big challenge.

However, Huawei’s new operating system could get some serious help thanks to a number of other Chinese manufacturers interested in what Huawei has to offer.

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As Google is doing with Android, Huawei seems happy to be handing its operating system over to rival companies, and it is this news that could worry the U.S. tech giant.

“HarmonyOS is available to all smartphone manufacturers,” Huawei recently confirmed to TechRadar.

Rumors that have surfaced on Chinese social media platform Weibo suggest that some of the world’s largest smartphone companies are considering switching to HarmonyOS, with Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo being just a few of the names mentioned.

These major players in the smartphone market are not commenting on the rumors, but if they switch to HarmonyOS it could have a significant impact on Google’s user base.

In Europe alone, Xiaomi and Oppo achieved good results in the first three months of 2021. Xiaomi saw a 73 percent growth and Oppo a whopping 95 percent jump.

This puts these companies in third place (Xiaomi) and fourth (Oppo) – directly behind Apple and Samsung.

“Xiaomi achieved its highest market share in Europe in March thanks to the launch of its own flagship Mi11. OPPO, OnePlus, realme and vivo also continue to grow strongly, with most launching new devices in the quarter,” said Counterpoint Research Associate Director Jan Stryjak.

We’ll have to wait and see what the future holds for Huawei, but Android could have some serious competition to watch out for.

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