Not that long ago, we discussed the need of cross-platform application development. The escalating trade war between China and the U.S. government makes the need for cross-platform apps crucial. As a consequence of the White House blacklisting Huawei, Google has announced that they will apply to the new rules by blocking Huawei devices from accessing their Android apps and services.
This turn of events will prevent future Huawei phones and tablets from using Google’ services and applications like Gmail, Google Maps and more. Adding salt into the wound, current Huawei users won’t receive future Android updates. Huawei responded with a statement declaring that it will still supply their customers with security patches and after-sale services:
“Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefited both users and the industry.
Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally.”
HongMeng OS, The new Huawei OS
Nearly three-quarters of the world’s mobile phones use Google’s Android and the mobile OS now offers more than 2.5 million apps. This means that without Google’s apps, Huawei is facing a large risk of losing market shares outside China. Luckily for Huawei, Android is an open-source project, and the Chinese company can still use the basic, open-source version of the software. If rumors are true, Huawei is already working on an Android OS alternative called HongMeng OS. Unfortunately, we know very little about HongMeng OS at this point, but we are following this potentially large mobile OS closely.
Certainly, with giants like Huawei and Google breaking up, more operating systems and hence more complexity for developers will follow. In Wiredelta® we develop cross-platform applications mostly using Ionic and React Native. This allows apps developed by Wiredelta to be compatible with iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and now perhaps HongMeng OS!
It seems like the world is on a path of fragmentation, splitting up and building walls, both physically and digitally. This means that new ecosystems, new programming languages, even entirely new product categories, might spring up. From a software perspective, this will create an even greater need for a unified codebase that can be deployed to all ecosystems. Luckily, this is exactly what Wiredelta excels at by using cross-platform frameworks.