According to industry experts, Huawei's construction of a new operating system to replace Android on their smartphones is an impossible task.
The construction of a complete system is not difficult, the difficulty lies in building the software that users are too familiar on Android or iOS. According to Andreas Gal, CTO of Mozilla, who once headed the Firefox OS project, is one "extremely big challenge".
Huawei recently announced that it will speed up the creation of its own operating system, after being banned by the US government from using software and components from the country, including the running Google Android operating system. on all its smartphones.
In the past, many firms wanted to do the same thing. In the 80s and 90s of the last century, companies like Commodore, Be, and Next, along with the famous Linus Torvalds, wanted to create operating systems to compete with Microsoft's Windows. Or recently, companies like BlackBerry, Palm, Microsoft, and Mozilla have done the same thing to capture market share of Android or iOS.
Building applications will be very difficult
With Huawei's rich financial potential, creating a new operating system with dozens of everyday applications is not too difficult. There are many open source Linux platforms on the market, including the basic Android version.
According to Jean-Louis Gassée, a technology investor: "Huawei can do these things without too much trouble.". The impossible point lies in building a massive app store, comparable to Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The most popular applications on these two operating systems also include Google services such as Google search, YouTube, Gmail and Google Maps.
Many other applications, although not developed by Google, are also made by companies in the US or Europe. They will definitely not create software for Huawei's own operating system, before making sure it will be used by tens of millions of people.
That is why Firefox OS failed. According to Gal, the operating system does not have enough users to convince application developers to make software. It all becomes a circle when there is no application, the smaller the number of new users.
Huawei can also create its own apps
According to Mr. Gassée, Huawei can also hire developers to create software that has the same features as Google applications. Like Amazon with Fire tablets, for example, they run customized Android operating systems and cannot access the Play Store app store, but on Amazon's app store also have similar software.
On PC, users also do not use separate "applications", but do everything on the web. "You can use Google services with a web platform, without specialized applications."
However, some features in Google's software are only available to third parties (not for third parties), and Huawei will have to create a separate service if it wants to bring those features to users. Huawei may also face legal problems if it creates software that is too similar to Google.
"Of course, you can't get the YouTube logo and attach it to your applications."
The company also needs to create massive information systems
If the application obstacles are overcome, Huawei will also have to build information systems for them. For example, for a location app, if you want to let users know where they are, the smartphone will have to constantly find Wifi routers or cell phone columns. If there is no system for the location of the above, the application will not work.
Real-time directions (similar to Google Maps) also need traffic information, and must be updated continuously. There are also many open source data sources available for applications, but they are often not as good as the system built from Google. To Apple is also criticized by users for the lack of information map application, can Huawei succeed?
To the ability to take pictures, currently a strength of Huawei will also be in trouble. Android smartphones are equipped with AI photography, learning from the system has millions of images from Google. Building a new photography application, Huawei will have to build this information from scratch.
Huawei in the future will be hard to grow out of China
Mr. Gassée is still optimistic about Huawei, because this is a big company, with a small amount of investment, has a very high position in the smartphone market. But whether the company is successful or not, is still a huge question mark.
In addition to the Chinese market, Huawei will probably have to attack developing countries. According to Mr. Gassée, people are more interested in smartphone prices here than they offer. Huawei's own operating system may succeed in certain countries, at least in the first time.
"But in developed countries, this is an impossible task. They cannot compete with Google's over-developed app store.