Published: Sat, July 20, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Hongmeng OS isn't Meant For Smartphones

Hongmeng OS isn't Meant For Smartphones

But as it turns out, the OS that's being developed by Huawei isn't meant to be an alternative to Android. Vice President Catherine Chen told reporters that Hongmeng was not developed for smartphones that Huawei plans to continue using Android. "HongMeng system also has extremely low latency compared with a smartphone operating system".

HongMeng OS, Huawei's operating system, is not for smartphones.

To put things into context, ever since Huawei Ban was imposed by the United States in May that was relaxed for 90-days on May 19, there has been news regarding companies like Google, Qualcomm, Micron, and a few other US based companies withdrawing their support to Huawei. The panel has not decided whether they should give the Hongmeng an update for the operating system on smartphones, said Hua to Technode.

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The HongMeng OS was confirmed by the company soon after it was banned by the USA government. Losing access to Android's vital parts would significantly hurt the company's growing phone business, and so there were lots of talks about an alternative OS the company has been working on.

The significance of Hongmeng as an industrial OS should interest the entire global industrial IoT ecosystem for manufacturing, autonomic vehicles and more.

Last month, some sources knowledgeable about the matter said "Huawei is not fully prepared to launch the OS" as the trade ban came suddenly. This is more so after it emerged that President Donald Trump's declaration during the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, that U.S. companies are free to once again supply Huawei with crucial parts and software didn't amount to a blanket removal of the company from the Department of Commerce's so-called "Entity List". Huawei executives said that smartphone sales fell up to 40 percent in the first two weeks after the ban, due to concerns about the operating system. The reasons for Huawei's blacklisting from the United States trade market stems from the suspicion of it serving as a surveillance institution on behalf of its home government, China. Huawei also trademarked another operating system called as Harmony OS. This new information contradicts what Huawei's CEO of consumer business, Richard Yu, said earlier this year.

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