Recently, we learned that many companies based in the USA. UU They have begun to cut ties with the Chinese company Huawei.
Now, as it seems, there will be casualties on both sides. While Huawei could lose in its smartphone business, the company says the decision will also have some impact on the US. UU
In a news update, the government has issued a temporary license allowing Huawei to continue operations until August 19, 2019.
But still, there is an important question.
The scope of the monopoly of Android
For almost all my digital life, I have only seen two operating systems that govern the smartphone industry. These are Android from Google and iOS from Apple. Both platforms have millions of users and there is almost no possibility that a new operating system can deal with them.
This raises some concerns. Especially when I hear that only a Google decision can shake the existence of a popular smartphone brand.
As for the repair measures, Huawei has said that they have been preparing for the future for a while. For their smartphones, they already have the Kirin SoC homemade. There are also reports of a new mobile operating system in the works.
Currently, Huawei has access to AOSP or an open source version of Android that does not contain any proprietary Google service or application. Even so, even if your new operating system will be based on Android, they will have to create their own update system.
Anyway, speaking of Android, it almost has a monopoly in the market, unless it is using an iPhone that, again, is very expensive and has less market share. So, many of us are left with an Android smartphone. Obviously, you are not listening to all this for the first time.
Now, Android itself is open source, but the truth is that you can not use it without Google. If you do not have a Google account, you can not download apps from the Play Store or get software updates. And when you sign up for a Google account, you’ve invited all the follow-up to your life.
Then, we should see Android and Google services as a combined thing. Because that’s the kind of Android that most people use on their smartphones.
Yes, it has different options like Android Stock and its different flavors on different smartphones, but Google adorns most of them with their tracking codes. However, it is a different discussion that the amount of tracking itself is fine.
Why is Android so big?
Initially, Android started as an operating system developed for digital cameras. But later, Google bought it, refined it, established Android’s monopoly and turned it into something that has made our phones ‘smart’. So, here’s a big credit for the software knowledge of Google and artificial intelligence you’re introducing on Android. is better.
There is no denying the fact that being open source has contributed to the success of Android. In addition to Google’s Android stock, we can see many external developers who are testing their own implementations. You may have heard about the custom ROMs of LineageOS, Paranoid Android, Pixel Experience, etc. The most popular was the old CyanogenMod that managed to land officially on some Android devices.
All this highlights the diversity of Android and shows how open it is. But in reality, the use of these ROMs as daily controllers is not feasible for many.
Above all, because it requires some technical knowledge on the part of the users. Otherwise, you could end up bricking your phone. On top of that, you need to build user confidence, which is not easy.
In addition, there is one thing that I personally consider to be an important reason for the success of Android (and Google). There is a kind of soft corner that many people have for Google. There is a belief that the company is a kind of saint and can not do anything wrong.
This thing is very visible when, for example, you put Google next to Facebook. If we compare, Facebook is not close to the amount of data that Google has about us. Even if we put aside the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook’s reputation is not as good as Google’s.
Here is another situation. How many people prefer the backup solution from their device manufacturer instead of Google’s support? It could be possible that it has some good characteristics.
Still, people do not complain so much. Maybe, they do not feel that much concern when granting system permissions to Google applications. Here, a lack of awareness could be one of the reasons.
What are the alternatives?
In the past, we saw how Android’s monopoly destroyed the supremacy of Nokia’s Symbian devices. Later, I used the Lumia 520 with Windows Phone. Possibly it was one of the softest devices I’ve used to date.
I thought maybe Microsoft has the money and the popularity of becoming the third alternative. But Windows Phone also bombed miserably because it failed to attract developers who would make applications for Windows Phone devices.
Throughout the years, several alternatives were presented, but they could not make a dent in the success of Android. You can name some as Meego, Plasma Mobile from KDE, Firefox OS, Tizen, and Samsung Bada, etc.
In the current scenario, companies try to follow the idea that if you can not beat them, join them. In the midst of all this, if a company has to start creating the software from scratch, it will be a really difficult task.
Considering that Android is open source, it is possible that you can remove all Google content from the operating system and use it as an alternative. Or maybe
Then, you must first create a promising operating system and create an extensive ecosystem of applications around you. After that, all you can do is sit back and wait for people to leave your Android and iOS comfort zone and try their software.
With regard to applications, possibly one of the best things at the moment is PWA (Progressive Web Apps). These are web applications that can run on almost any platform. Therefore, a developer working on Android and iOS will not have many problems to adapt their applications to a new operating system.
Why are you telling me this?
I’m not trying to paint a bad image of Android. In fact, Android is my daily driver. But the point that I try to point out is: do we want to live with this monopoly? In addition, there is another fact that we have no promising alternative that is also easy to pocket.
Let me reformulate it.
Which is better: to have only software with global reach or multiple alternatives so that it does not depend on a single operating system?
Of course, there are advantages to having the same software on all devices. You get better support, more applications and have no problem switching to a new phone.
In addition, another thing is if we want to consider the services of Android + Google as a thing, and some operating systems based on Android (without Google) as an alternative.
But still, this question needs an answer.