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That doesn't really seem like a solution to the problem. The problem is that they aren't getting access to the Google play store, and lose access to a large supply of android apps.

If they just used the open source version of android, and added their own store (which they've been working on [0])... 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.

0. https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/21/18633772/huawei-app-galle...

> android developers could just submit their app in both places

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.

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