Huawei confirms: HongMeng OS was not designed for smartphones

Ruben Fields
July 20, 2019

The Operating System was being tested in China but varied perceptions behind the development of Hongmeng by the company officials provides room for doubt on the failure of the delivery of their intention in service. Huawei will instead be continuing to use Google's Android OS. Company senior vice president Catherine Chen told reporters in Brussels that the embattled Chinese phonemaker's Hongmeng OS isn't even designed for phones, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua. It also has extremely low latency compared with a smartphone operating system, said Chen. This new information contradicts what Huawei's CEO of consumer business, Richard Yu, said earlier this year.

"Huawei is a worldwide leading vendor of equipment to telecommunications operators such as Vodafone, has also become in recent years an global powerhouse of consumer devices such as smartphones, which run on the Android system".

The latest statement from Chen means Huawei has either changed its mind regarding HongMeng OS for smartphone or maybe there is another OS which is getting ready to be an alternative to Android.

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Business Insider has contacted Huawei for additional details and clarity about Hongmeng OS, and will update this article accordingly if we hear back. Recently, Huawei also said the HongMeng OS will be used in a wide range of products that will include routers, tablets, computers, network switches, and data centers.

The HongMeng OS was confirmed by the company soon after it was banned by the USA government. "The hybrid one is likely to have more bugs in it than the Google one, and so it could put Huawei phones more at risk of being hacked, not least by China", one source claimed. Huawei also trademarked another operating system called as Harmony OS.

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