Chinese technology company Huawei just climbed past Apple to become the world’s third largest smartphone maker. That’s about to change because somehow or another Huawei became a hated technology company.
Probably behind Qualcomm, but far ahead of Apple on the official Hate Meter. What happened? I’m not sure of the details but Huawei is banned in the U.S., banned elsewhere, and banned from using ARM chips and banned from using Google’s Android.
Go. It. Alone.
Every company as big as Apple or Huawei or Samsung or Google have what are called skunkworks projects going on.
A skunkworks project is a project developed by a small and loosely structured group of people who research and develop a project primarily for the sake of radical innovation.
Steve Jobs admitted to a skunkworks project worked on keeping Mac OS X running on Intel Inside.
[Skunkworks is] an “enriched environment that is intended to help a small group of individuals design a new idea by escaping routine organizational procedures
Samsung has one. Huawei, now that it’s banned from using Google’s official Android OS, has one, too.
So, what’s going on?
Google revoked Huawei’s Android license earlier this month after the Chinese firm was blacklisted by the U.S. government. Intel, Qualcomm, and other U.S. companies followed suit by halting their partnerships with the company.
That sounds serious. What’s next for the Chinese techno giant?
Huawei is developing its own operating system that will power its smartphones and other devices if it cannot rely on Android… hard at work on its own operating system just in case it found itself in this position
Sure. Why not? That has worked so well for others who try to roll their own.
Officially, Huawei wants to work things out with the powers that be and get back onto the Android and ARM gravy trains, but unless politics changes and rolls in China’s favor, the future of a new operating system to compete against the status quo will not be easy.
Remember BlackBerry? How about Palm? Yes, Microsoft had a smartphone OS, too. Actually, a bunch of them. Where are they now? Footnotes in the history of smartphones. Today, it’s Android OS vs. Apple’s iOS and that is how it will stay, Huawei’s troubles notwithstanding.
This age old problem is similar to the issues of Android and Windows. Hardware manufacturers that depend on either struggle to differentiate their products because the operating system is the same.
Apple does not have that problem. The OS wars will continue, yes, but it is unlikely that Huawei will be a participant.