Huawei is developing its own mobile operating system called HongMeng OS

Ruben Fields
May 23, 2019

That was what some owners asked after USA tech giant Google said it would suspend its business with China's top mobile maker, threatening future access to Gmail, YouTube, and Chrome.

"In short, this licence will allow operations to continue for existing Huawei mobile phone users and rural broadband networks". This is not just an attack against Huawei.

Mr Bowater agreed the impact could be quite rapid given the rate at which new phones come out, but it was just another hurdle to jump over in the "geopolitical game that 's been at play against our business". Instead, the Chinese company will have to do this on its own, using the open-source version of Android.

Now that Huawei's Android license has been revoked, the company is accelerating its operating system development efforts but per a new report from The Information, the platform is nowhere near completion.

What does it mean for the smartphone market?

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Late on May 20, the U.S. Commerce Department announced that it would grant a 90-day exemption, temporarily allowing Huawei to continue purchasing U.S. -made goods for maintaining existing networks and providing software updates to existing Huawei handsets. Huawei is reportedly proposing to offer a "very significant" revenue share to European wireless partners while also offering marketing support and "China app store exposure" to developers who hop on board.

"Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products covering those which have been sold or still in stock globally", the company wrote on Twitter to fans in Nigeria.

The OS will be featured in coming Huawei devices later this year or early next year. This involves manually downloading and manually installing an Android app (Google Maps for example) from the many websites that provide the installation files.

His fear that the handsets might be eventually "useless" stems of course from Google's decision over the weekend, which itself was a result of the Trump administration adding Huawei to a trade blacklist that immediately restricts its ability to do business with U.S. companies. As a backlash, Huawei might also block the app developers from the USA to offer products through its devices. The company is what I would consider collateral damage in the ever-escalating trade war between the United States and China. He added that "in terms of 5G technologies, others won't be able to catch up with Huawei in two or three years".

Despite this, Huawei will continue purchasing chips from USA companies and selling Huawei products to US clients, he said, despite mounting restrictions from the USA government.

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