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Samsung One UI could use Huawei HarmonyOS instead of Android?

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Samsung is the king of the smartphone world, and anyone who knows about the phones surely has seen Samsung devices at least once. However, a few of our readers have come up with a strange question and it’s related to the Chinese market and it’s making sense. So, cutting directly to the chance what would you say if Samsung One UI base on the Huawei HarmonyOS instead of Android? Let’s get into this discussion.

A user today shared a good query to us and asked whether Samsung will install HarmonyOS on its smartphone and what will be the impact of this new inheritance. So, we reach out to a HarmonyOS specialist and one of our colleagues on this matter (anonymous).

So, in this article, we’ll try to explore and present a view along with a good opinion of a specialist on this matter. The matter of our discussion will be based on the following key points.

  • HarmonyOS
  • Huawei and Samsung
  • Chinese market
  • Collision with Google

To be mentioned, we’ll be focusing on Samsung’s market in China, which is empowering its competitors in the global market. Here, we’ll also put some light on the area that Samsung could achieve by using HarmonyOS and dropping Android for a specific market.

Time to jump in…

What is HarmonyOS:

HarmonyOS, also known as Hongmeng OS in China, is designed as a multi-kernel architecture base operating system. The main layer of this software has a special IoT technology that allows it to establish a connection among different devices and control them from a single phone.

However, some reports (Arstechnica) have already criticized this software for being an Android Copy + Paste invention.

Huawei said HarmonyOS is open-source software and the Chinese phone maker has said that this OS is ready to be used by other phone makers. Still, Huawei’s operating system and its app ecosystem are far from being complete or compete against the world-renowned – Android, in terms of the application ecosystem outside of China.

“App ecosystem doesn’t “matters” in China, bloatware works,” our colleague told

It’s quite true, Google apps don’t work inside China. Therefore, every app there works alone, which means, each app has its own ecosystem (services) that directly connect users and store its data. Therefore they don’t rely on other apps to work and it has no connection with Google at all or the core Android services.

Therefore, all you need to do is to load an APK file and install it. That’s it!

That’s why the Chinese phones don’t require to have Android certificate and so does HarmonyOS.

Talking short, we’ve experienced the HarmonyOS software on a Huawei smartphone by ourselves. The task execution is fast and the task handling is very efficient. The overall user interface is pretty unique and provides a fast experience that won’t disappoint you if you don’t like to use Google apps.

Huawei HarmonyOS user interface

So, we can get something good out of this if Samsung gets on the HarmonyOS train without worrying about Android because GMS won’t do anything in the Chinese domain.

Samsung in China

Samsung has been alienated from China for a long time, its market share in the smartphone market has been destroyed by the local companies and is now hugely controlled by phone makers including – Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, Realme, and Apple.

The South Korean phone maker had tried different strategies to gain momentum in China but continues to face failures up until now.

According to the information, the Chinese smartphone industry is now at its worst state for the South Korean tech giant. Counterpoint data shows, Samsung, known as the leader in the global smartphone market, is nowhere to be seen in the top smartphone maker and has been listed under “others”.

China's smartphone market Share

The collapse of Samsung in China is real and it’s a big slap on its success on the global stage.

But why the Chinese phone market is important?

Simple, it’s the hub of the world’s biggest smartphone consumers that has no boundaries when it comes to smartphone manufacturing as well as consumption.

In the beginning, Samsung held all of the cards in its pocket (full of profit), when the Chinese phone maker wasn’t there. However, with the evolution in the Chinese tech industry, more and more phone manufacturers have emerged and Samsung started fading.

The best instance of this example is Huawei. This Chinese company topped the list of the Chinese market for years, the Chinese phone consumers’ enthusiasm as well as their patriotism heavily supported this brand to dominate the industry.

“The biggest example of the Chinese smartphone market is clearly there. Huawei maintained its second spot in the global market even after being unable to produce new units for around a year (after U.S. sanctions). All because of the help of the Chinese market share that kept the company on the top of the list with ‘handicapped’ ability.” said the anonymous.

The challenge to Samsung:

Samsung is the current leader in the Smartphone industry but for how long? Xiaomi is catching up pretty fast, while Apple maintained its sales as usual. We don’t need to go deeper into this matter, just take a look at this example below:

  • Xiaomi has China + Global markets = Increase (Everything to gain)
  • Samsung only has Global markets (Everything to lose + Challenges + Pressure to defend the title)

The phone makers have everything to lose and nothing to gain and the roots of this cause are related to the Chinese market.

Huawei and HarmonyOS:

Huawei has been sanctioned by the U.S. in May 2019 and forced to give up on smartphones equipped with Google Mobile Services (GMS). Thereafter, its market began to collapse and users have been unable to access their required services due to the lack of apps they are used to for daily tasks.

Huawei’s smartphone market has been suffered a great loss but its reputation has been managed even until last year when the phone maker has been prohibited from printing new chipsets through chipmakers such as Samsung Foundry and TSMC.

Since Huawei cannot build new devices like before, it wants to expand its footprints in the software industry starting with the HarmonyOS operating system that has been donated to China’s OpenAtom foundation that manages the open-source code. Here we can confirm, Yes! HarmonyOS has the ability to become a base operating system for Samsung One UI (only for the Chinese market).

Samsung One UI 4

Thereafter, Huawei could freely promote Samsung among Chinese people.

One thing to rest assured is that this strategy may fail but why not try it when you are working on a “loss = 0” equation? You’ve already lost in the world’s biggest smartphone market, just get it… straight.

Why HarmonyOS?

A report mentioned (via HuaweiCentral) that Huawei is now pursuing a different strategy. This phone maker is selling “third party” phones in its stores. That’s not it, this Chinese company also owns the biggest smartphone stores and service center across the Chinese territory, which is undeniable.

“You cannot deny that Huawei is still a driving force of the Chinese tech industry including Telecom to the consumer market. Where it goes, the Chinese follows.” said anonymous

So, Huawei is looking for something to relieve its smartphone division that is completely destroyed by the U.S. sanctions. However, the search for a big HarmonyOS ambassador is still on and Samsung is the perfect “Traffic Surge”.

“Samsung’s ship in the Chinese (specifically) market has already sunken and it now needs a new strategy that really works. Meanwhile, HarmonyOS is the only option that has the real potential”

Samsung Store outfront

The challenge of Samsung starts from the Chinese smartphone industry and makes its way to the global market.

Coming back to the topic, so if, Samsung goes Huawei’s way, it’ll have “high” chances to explore the Chinese smartphone market share. How? As explained above, Huawei needs a big brand ambassador and Samsung could use HarmonyOS based One UI instead of Google’s Android for a specific market but there are dangers in this way for sure.

Samsung and Google:

Samsung’s One UI user interface is known for its simplicity and reachability, making it compact for everyday scenarios. This is a custom software skin that’s based on Android.

Throughout the past years, Google has improved its collaboration with Samsung to the bitter end. The foldable phone series is a great example, Google continues to promote and extend its features for the Galaxy Fold devices and it’s quite been amazing from Samsung’s perspective as well as for the consumers.

So, even though the Chinese market is important for the South Korean Giant, Samsung will have to make a choice and choose wisely so it won’t make its software collaborator angry on the global stage. However, what will Samsung do, when it’ll lose to Xiaomi, just another Google partner that is heading towards the top?

“If Google minds it own business, Samsung should min its own”

Eventually, nothing is certain and it’s up to Samsung to decide whether it wants to use HarmonyOS instead of Android for a specific market and also, how it wants to play against the competitors on the global stage.

Chanakya Shrutam is the lead writer and Editor-in-chief at Sammyfans.com. He is experienced in the field of App development for Android, Machine learning, and graphics designing. Most of the time he writes news articles and stays in front of his computer but he also takes some time off to practice calligraphy with new fountain pens.

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Telegram rolling out Sticker Editor, 16 more new features on the way!

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Telegram announced the launch of a powerful Sticker Editor feature. This upgrade allows all Telegram users to create their own stickers without the requirement of any other application.

According to Telegram, the new Sticker Editor feature allows users the ability to quickly create stickers and entire sticker sets. All this will be done within Telegram – you don’t have to even switch the application.

Notably, WhatsApp recently released a custom sticker creator feature for customers. A step ahead, Telegram introduced an even more powerful variant of the sticker creator to stand apart.

To create a sticker, you just have to take an image from your phone’s Gallery. Once picked, a single tap will make a cutout for you, making it easier to add text, drawings or stickers, emojis, and GIFs that exist on Telegram.

  • How to create: To start making stickers, open the sticker panel from your input field in any chat, then tap the inviting (+) button.

Once made, you can also create the sticker to a set, which is not possible in WhatsApp. To do so, choose the emojis that describe its emotion, however, you will also get AI-based suggestions that suit your sticker.

When you type an emoji in the chat, you will get your own sticker in the suggested section. You will also be able to share your sticker set, the same way you currently do, just send any of the stickers to the recipient, and voila!

Telegram will be launching 16 more new features this month. The platform hasn’t shared any additional details about the changes, however, we expect most of the features to be available for all, rather than Premium exclusivity.

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US CHIPS Act: Samsung gets $6.4 billion subsidy for Texas investment

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Samsung will get a $6.4 billion subsidy under the US CHIPS Act for investment in Texas. Last week, it was revealed that the country will announce subsidies for semiconductor manufacturers. It has been revealed that Samsung’s subsidy ratio comes at 14.2 percent.

According to the info, Samsung will get a CHIPS Act subsidy of $6.4 billion for its $45 billion chip investment in Texas, USA. The country’s Commerce Department announced that Samsung is the recipient of the biggest grant under the CHIPS Act relative to the investment.

It’s worth noting that TSMC granted $6.6 billion for its $65 billion investment, putting the subsidy-to-investment ratio at 10.2 percent. Aimed to create at least 21,500 jobs, Samsung’s investment cements central Texas’ role as a cutting-edge semiconductor ecosystem.

“I’m pleased to announce a preliminary agreement between Samsung and the Department of Commerce to bring Samsung’s advanced semiconductor manufacturing and research and development to Texas,” said President Joe Biden in a statement on Monday.

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Android’s absence won’t let Huawei Pura 70 rival Samsung!

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Huawei today announced a major revamp in its camera flagship naming strategy. Huawei revealed that the P series is getting rebranded as the Pura series, with the next phones being named Huawei Pura 70, Pura 70 Pro, Pura 70 Pro Plus, and Pura 70 Ultra.

Despite having fresh branding, Android’s lack will hurt the Huawei Pura 70 the most. Samsung’s Galaxy S introduces the most powerful and advanced camera to the market. However, the Android operating system is unquestionably a reason behind Samsung’s success.

Recently, Huawei officially confirmed the P series has been killed off, and the upcoming phone releases as the “HUAWEI Pura 70” series. Despite US sanctions and the lack of Android, the Chinese phone maker continues to innovate the mobile segment.

The last year’s P60 series also brought some notable camera hardware, which also got praised. For the Pura lineup, the company noted that the HUAWEI P series has been “upgraded” to the HUAWEI Pura, complete with a “new attitude.”

HUAWEI’s Pura 70 series could be split into these four devices:

  1. Pura 70
  2. Pura 70 Pro
  3. Pura 70 Pro Plus
  4. Pura 70 Ultra

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