The future of Huawei’s HarmonyOS operating system after the introduction of AAB as the official format of the Google Store

The future of Huawei’s HarmonyOS operating system after the introduction of AAB as the official format of the Google Store

The future of Huawei’s HarmonyOS operating system after the introduction of AAB as the official format of the Google Store

News unit : Company Google about two weeks before a radical change announced, according to which, from the beginning of August this year, Android applications will be required to use the AAB (shortened Android App Bundles) format instead of the old APK format. In this way, from the mentioned date onwards, only apps with the new format will be able to enter the Play Store; Although the previous applications can still continue to appear in the Google Store using the APK format. On the other hand, from the introduction of HarmonyOS 2.0, Huawei’s proprietary operating system, is also nearly six weeks old. However, this platform has a long way to go until full implementation and widespread coverage.

From the point of view of analysts, the introduction of the new format of Google and the requirement to use it is a new difficulty for the managers of the Chinese giant. However, in a conversation with news sources, Huawei considered changing the format of Google apps to AAB unrelated to the user experience and development of HarmonyOS and rejected media speculation in this regard. But some believe that with the complete abandonment of the APK format, the use of some programs based on this format, which can now also be used on the Huawei platform, will face problems.

Wang Chenglu, head of Huawei’s customer software business department, in Discussion with Global Times has clearly emphasized the independence of the structure of HarmonyOS-based programs by rejecting the influence of this company’s proprietary operating system from Google Play changes. From his point of view, the new AAB format is basically the same as Atomic Service in Harmony OS. Atomic Services are developed based on HarmonyOS APIs and can be implemented on various Huawei devices. In this way, according to the manufacturer, it is possible for users to use these services in various scenarios and devices.

As mentioned, AAB is the official release format for new Android apps, which Google says provides a “more efficient way to build and release apps.” According to this company, the volume of files with the new format is on average about 15% less than the APK file, which allows users to download faster.

According to Ma Jihua, a longtime smartphone industry analyst and close follower of Huawei, the target Google from the introduction of ABB format instead of APK, probably paving the way for the different operating system of this company called FuchsiaOS and to It is designed to meet the needs of the Internet of Things era. According to him, “Huawei’s Harmony is still in its early stages and is not yet a threat to Google’s Android.”

According to Global Times, it is now a little more than a month after the official presentation The second version of the Harmony platform, more than 30 million devices are equipped with this operating system. The widespread use of this platform is very important for Huawei, because the US sanctions have made the company’s hardware business difficult, and if HarmonyOS can establish its position in the software market, Huawei will achieve some kind of stability and independence; Which is naturally not favorable for Google. Therefore, it seems that we should wait for Huawei’s reaction to this action of Google and see what solution will be taken by the company’s managers to face the new conditions.

On the other hand, it is still not clear whether HarmonyOS and HMS/Android platforms are able to support AAB format or not; App Gallery apparently supports this format though. But in general, the new format will make it difficult for non-Google stores to continue working, and developers should publish their application bundles in APK form if they want to be placed on these stores. This action is a double-edged sword in some ways, because while the developers will have more control over where their application is released, they will face problems to release it in a store other than the Play Store.

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