Huawei claims that its version of Android will be totally compatible and much faster. It hopes to ship in the fall, although that’s not certain.
The company believes it is making a better version of Android. “The performance improvement on this operating system will exceed 60%, which is a future-oriented microkernel. … Huawei has identified four major causes through detailed analysis and repeated verifications and introduced Android optimization and intelligent memory scheduling through the introduction of AI. , intelligent CPU scheduling and intelligent storage adjustments are resolved. Among them, by replacing the Android native file system with the F2FS file system, the problem of storage fragmentation is solved.”
Android is now years old and includes outdated technology. It certainly can be improved. But 60% overall improvement is highly unlike. It probably is measured in a very limited part of the system. We’ll learn more when we have independent tests.
The problem is not replacing the core of Android. Instead, Huawei must replace exactly a slew of apps Google includes in the actual distribution. Delivering that in the fall would be a remarkable achievement; it may slip into 2020.
Huawei has been actively contributing to the Android Open Source Project and has every right to put it to use. Google can’t cut off the company. Unfortunately, Google has been replacing the Open Source components with a slew of Google controlled closed software.
Ron Amadeo in a brilliant article demonstrates how Google has placed an “Iron grip on Android.” First, Google replaced Android music, gallery, keyboard, calendar, email, messaging and search with closed versions.
Google also created the Open Handset Alliance, which contractually prohibited from building non-Google approved devices. A product can be cut off unless it passes an arbitrary set of “compatibility tests.” In court, an email came out in which Google’s Dan Morrill says that it’s “obvious to the OEMs that we are using compatibility as a club to make them do what we want.”
Motorola was forced to drop Skyhook’s XPS WiFi and cell tower positioning system and stick to Google. Six years later, Google settled for US$90 million, a small price for dominating the market.
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