Huawei pushes back Mate X launch to September to conduct 'extra tests'

Daniel Fowler
June 14, 2019

With the future of Huawei up in the air, consumers are going to be wary about buying current Huawei handsets in fear that they won't be supported for very long with app or security updates.

The WIPO data also suggests that Huawei wants to use its 'Hongmeng' operating system, which likely will be called "Ark OS" in Europe, in a variety of gadgets ranging from smartphones and portable computers or auto televisions and robots. It's supposed to serve as a universal operating system replacing both Android and Windows, albeit running Android apps has become a priority for the company.

The Mate X will launch with Android as it was announced before the US trade ban.

Huawei has also scrapped a new laptop launch this week because of its current position on a USA trade blacklist.

That could pose a challenge to Google as the Chinese rival has massive power to shake up the market and attract developers and other Chinese peers to use its new operating system.

Hongmeng is based on the version of Android that is publicly available via open-source licensing and is mainly meant for phones, Pang said.

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Now, a report by Global Times suggests that Huawei's Hongmeng OS will apparently be 60 percent faster than Android.

Reports have placed the potential launch date of Huawei's upcoming operating system at anywhere from as early as Q3 2019 to March 2020, when the company is expected to launch its new flagship smartphones.

Information surrounding the operating system has begun to surface following the escalation of U.S. actions against Huawei, and many reports state that the operating system was initially code-named HongMeng OS. The agency has sought additional details from the company about its mobile operating system.

It appears that Huawei' is more "cautious" because of what happened with the Galaxy Fold. For all you know, it may just be a matter of building hype for a Chinese alternative to Android OS. But the Chinese smartphone maker has postponed the launch to September, CNBC reports.

Last year, one in every three smartphones sold in China was a Huawei device.

Huawei, for sure, will face a challenge to build an ecosystem once it launches its OS, as getting all worldwide app developers on board to tweak their products for the new Chinese platform won't be too easy.

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