In the first quarter of this year, Chinese telecom giant Huawei once again beat Apple, becoming the second largest smartphone supplier in the world. These results, driven especially by the massive growth of the company’s “Honor” sub-brand, have filled the company with optimism – its CEO even outlined its plans to become the biggest smartphone supplier in the world in a few years. This is why the news about the US’ ban on local companies from doing business with Huawei came as a shock. Due to the ban, Huawei lost access to important technologies and services provided by US companies. This means no Google services on the upcoming Huawei phones (existing phones will continue to get security updates).
As a response, Huawei has revealed that it has been working on its own, home-grown operating system, independent from Google’s ecosystem. The OS is reportedly called “HongMeng OS” and it is expected to be rolled out this fall – in China, for now.
What we know about HongMeng OS so far
Huawei has reportedly been working on its own operating system for years. Rumors have spoken of the new OS to be released this summer but were denied by the company, stating that the final rollout of the OS will only happen at the end of this year or the beginning of the next. Apparently, the Huawei Mate 30 will be the first handset to get it – the phone is expected to be launched this September in China.
As far as we know, the new operating system will be compatible with Android. This means that all your favorite apps, from Betway to WhatsApp will run on it without an issue. The apps will probably be available through Huawei’s own AppGallery that functions in ways similar to the Play Store or be downloaded directly from services like APKPure and others.
HongMeng OS (perhaps Ark OS or another name, as many have been patented by the manufacturer) will not be a software platform for phones only. Instead, it will be compatible with computers, tablet computers, smart TVs, connected cars, and wearables as well, offering a truly multi-platform reach.
Will Huawei make it on its own?
While the US trade ban has put Huawei in a tricky situation, the optimism of the company’s leadership remains unbroken. After all, it is one of the few companies that makes its own chips (the HiSilicon Kirin line) and has the resources to build the rest from scratch. The first test for the new operating system will be a major one – the launch of the Mate 30 this September – and will show the world what the Chinese manufacturer is capable of.
Many consider the move to be a bold but necessary one – after all, everything that breaks the Android monopoly will probably be good for the user.
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