Huawei exec says Hongmeng OS isn’t created to replace Android

Ruben Fields
July 20, 2019

Huawei explains that Hongmeng OS is not a replacement for AndroidIn addition, company president Liang Hua said: "Huawei has not yet decided whether Hongmeng OS can be developed as an operating system for smartphones in the future".

She also said that HongMeng is a very secure OS since it has few lines of codes when compared to a mobile OS and has an extremely low latency when compared with an operating system on a smartphone. She added that the OS was in development for a long time now even before Huawei started looking for an alternative in case of the collapse of Android OS services for the Chinese tech giant.

"Huawei is in the process of potentially launching a replacement", Huawei's communications vice president Andrew Williamson told Reuters in June.

Google complied with the directive, which meant that it was to stop supplying Huawei with its Android OS.

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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 USA based companies withdrawing their support to Huawei. It's not clear yet whether or not Google will acquire a 90-day license to work with Huawei, but Huawei recently announced that Android Q will come to some of its higher-end devices.

Business Insider has contacted Huawei for additional details and clarity about Hongmeng OS, and will update this article accordingly if we hear back. "It's not something Huawei wants". Yu had made his comments to note that Huawei was ready to have its own OS for smartphones in the event the USA government restricted Huawei's use of American-made Android or Windows.

Huawei has finally overcome all the hurdles from the US-China trade tensions. Ren said that now, though, the company is "fully capable of shaking off its reliance on the United States for core products". His comments have more recently transformed by other Huawei executives, including Chen most recently, into the assertion that HongMeng is an industrial-focused OS. There has been evidence of Huawei working on an operating system called "Harmony OS" for smartphones or computers.

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