I don't think people here understand how Android works or how the Google ban affects Huawei. They can still use AOSP, anybody can. I can make phones in my basement and use AOSP if I want which is almost a carbon copy of the stock Android Google phones ship with. There is nothing stopping Huawei form using Android past, present or future, ban or not, Android is an open source project.
There is no need to reinvent the wheel with your own OS, just as Google and AOSP used the Linux kernel as there was no need to reinvent the wheel and create their own kernel.
What people don't seem to get is that "Android" isn't really what makes a lot of peoples phones tick, it's the Google Services Framework/Google Play Services, Google Cloud Messaging, various Google background services, etc.
If you ever run true pure Android from something like an AOSP based rom, you will realize that when running just stock pure 100% Android your phone is pretty gimped. I mean I use a phone running pure Android without any Google services but I'm the exception.
Pure Android without Google Services Framework in the background means almost nothing works, all the apps and services people use their phone for don't work. Uber, food delivery services, instant messaging apps, map apps, whether apps, ALL those things rely on being able to hit Google API's. If your phone isn't "certified" and Google doesn't allow the OEM to ship with all the background Google services you cannot hit those API's and your phone is severely gimped. In the custom rom community we would say your phone is now "debloated" and a lot faster and now spyware free but for most people it would be a gimped phone that now does nothing that they are used to being able to do.
They either need to find a workaround to be able to continue to hit Google API's (e.g. microG) OR design their own background Google services as they already have in China as Chinese phones in China do not ship with all the background Google services installed. Nobody in North America though will want to use the Chinese equivalent to Google services.
Unless they want to open their own suite of tools to compete with ALL of Googles services here in North America, they are basically dead in the water. Making their own OS does not solve that.
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