If they just used the open source version of android, and added their own store (which they've been working on )... then android developers could just submit their app in both places.
But changing the OS, would likely mean developers would need to develop a new version of their app just for HongMeng... making the problem an even larger obstacle.
Except for US entities barred by the same government decree. Users of many popular online services from ride sharing to social media would be forced to use the mobile web interface.
Not much data there.
An Android fork seems to be the assumption of the masses as far as anything going in another direction....but a possibility whole new OS would be a big undertaking I would think.
This just sounds like a research project, possibility one of many.
Assuming the Huawei UK reports about internal code practices are to be believed...
Personally I'm not sure an in house OS is necessarily more and I'd guess possibility less secure.
Even trying, doing it securely would be hard.
In the sense that precision takes time and money, but mostly the former.
Starting on a Linux base gets them a lot of time saved, but as soon as they start having to write custom code (and they'll have to write a lot of it to re-adapt Linux to mobile systems) they're back in the same boat.
Essentially, mythical man month. There's no amount of programmers you can throw on a project to produce a secure, complex OS in a week's time.
Extrapolate to Android still making major security rearchitectures after a decade? Good luck starting back on Step 1 of that journey.
> been optimized for Linux (open source)
> used in Huawei mobile phones (safety part)
At one point a phone was a phone was a phone, but today the app and messaging ecosystems are everything.