HarmonyOS Next Without Android App Support Almost Ready to Roll Out to Huawei Smartphones: Report

HarmonyOS Next – the next-generation operating system for Huawei devices – is almost ready and could soon be rolled out to users. According to a report, the native application for the upcoming HarmonyOS Next update has already been prepared for release. Instead of using Google’s Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code, HarmonyOS Next is reportedly built around the company’s kernel and system — which also means Android apps won’t be supported on the operating system.

Huawei turned out HarmonyOS Next while it was in development earlier this year, after the number of HarmonyOS 4 installations passed 60 million Back then it was reported that the company had unveiled HarmonyOS Next as a “clean” version of the company’s mobile operating system that would not include Google’s Android libraries.

Ever since HarmonyOS was unveiled in August 2019, the company offered support for Android apps, thanks to the weak app ecosystem at the time. However, the Pandaily report claims that the company is finally set on drop support for Android apps.

As a result, users will not only be unable to install Android apps from official sources, but sideloading apps in the popular Android package (APK) file format will also not work. Instead of APKs, HarmonyOS Next will support the company’s own HAP formataccording to the report.

When the HarmonyOS Next Update arrives on eligible smartphones, users will no longer be able to run Android apps. The South China Morning Post reports that Chinese firms such as Meituan, NetEase, JD.com and other Big Tech firms have been hiring HarmonyOS app developers via Liepin.com and Maimai — to build apps for Huawei smartphones. A developer preview of HarmonyOS Next is expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2024

While Huawei has yet to provide a launch timeline for HarmonyOS Next, it’s clear that Android apps will no longer be supported on the operating system, and companies in China are already working to support the company’s new app package format. We can expect to hear more about the operating system update when the developer preview arrives next year.

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