The US government’s ban on Huawei, which is about to get even worse for the Chinese conglomerate, forced the company to create its own flavor of Android for western markets. Huawei uses Android as the base OS for its phones, but can’t use any Google apps on top of it, which is really the magic of Android. As a result, Huawei had to come up with its own app store, as well as app alternatives for everything you’d expect to find or install on an Android phone. There’s no Search, Gmail, Maps, or YouTube on Huawei’s phones, and you’ll have to download alternatives instead. But having Huawei Mobile Services over Android is just a temporary fix to a huge problem.
Huawei will start replacing Android as soon as next year, with HarmonyOS 2.0 getting support for smartphones in late 2020. That may be seen as a defeat for Google, because it is. Huawei sold hundreds of millions of phones running Google apps outside of China before the ban. Once HarmonyOS becomes the default operating system for Huawei, Google stands to lose a chunk of advertising money coming from those phones.