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    The future of Huawei's HarmonyOS operating system after the introduction of AAB as the official format of the Google Store
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    About two weeks ago, Google announced a major change that would require Android apps to use the AAB (abbreviated Android App Bundles) format instead of the old APK format from the beginning of August this year. In this way, from the mentioned date onwards, only apps with a new format will be able to enter the Play Store; However, previous applications can still use the APK format in the Google Store. On the other hand, it has been almost six weeks since the introduction of HarmonyOS 2.0, Huawei's proprietary operating system, although the platform has a long way to go before it is fully implemented and widely covered.

    https://mobiletony.com The future of Huawei's HarmonyOS operating system after the introduction of AAB as the official format of the Google Store

    From the point of view of analysts, the introduction of the new format of Google applications and requirements Using it is a new difficulty for Chinese giant executives. However, in a conversation with news sources, Huawei attributed the change in the format of Google Apps to AAB to the HarmonyOS user experience and development, and dismissed media speculation. But some believe that with the complete abandonment of the APK format, the use of some applications based on this template, which can now be used on the Huawei platform, will face problems. In an interview with the Global Times, Wang Chenglu, head of Huawei's customer software business, explicitly denied the impact of HarmonyOS-based application structure by denying the impact of the company's proprietary operating system on Google Play changes. . In his view, the new AAB format is essentially similar to the Atomic Service in the Harmony operating system. Atomic Services is based on HarmonyOS APIs and runs on a variety of Huawei devices. Thus, according to the manufacturer, it is possible for users to use these services in a variety of scenarios and devices.

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

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

    From the perspective of Ma Jihua, an old analyst in the smartphone industry and from A close follower of Huawei, Google's goal of introducing the ABB format instead of the APK is likely to pave the way for the company's different operating system, called FuchsiaOS, to meet the needs of the Internet of Things. "Huawei Harmony is in its infancy and is not yet a threat to Google Android," he said.

    According to the Global Times, it is now just over a month since the official release of 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 important for Huawei, as US sanctions have hampered the company's hardware business, and if HarmonyOS can establish itself in the software market, Huawei will gain some stability and independence; Which is not naturally good for Google. Therefore, it seems that we have to wait for Huawei's reaction to Google's move and see what solution will be taken by the company's executives to face the new situation.

    On the other hand, it is not yet clear whether HarmonyOS and HMS/Android platforms are capable of supporting the AAB format; App Gallery does support this template, though. But overall, the new format will make it difficult for non-Google stores to continue, and developers will have to release their app bundles as APKs if they want the app to be on those stores. This is a double-edged sword in some ways, because while developers will have more control over where their application is released, they will have trouble delivering it in a store other than the Play Store.





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