'Confused' Huawei Doesn't Have A Ready Made OS To Challenge Android Or iOS - TECH FOE

'Confused' Huawei Doesn't Have A Ready Made OS To Challenge Android Or iOS



Never a week passes by without news of Huawei's in house operating system. Shortly after the US placed a ban that restricted Huawei from dealing with US firms or its technologies, news of Huawei's possible Android replacement began to flood the media.

Just you know, the ban on the Chinese tech giant meant that Huawei wouldn't be bale to use the Android operating system on its smartphone, nor will it also be able to use the Windows OS on its PC since both companies in the US.

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Aside those, Huawei won't also be to deal with other US manufacturers for critical software and components. Examples of such includes chip makers like Qualcomm, Broadcom, Intel, Xilinx, etc.


During that period, news of Huawei's in house HongMeng OS began to trend. During an interview with German publication Die Welt, Huawei's Mobile Chief noted that they had developed a backup OS for smartphones and computers in case the US ban stays permanent.

"We have prepared our operating system, if it turns out we can no longer use these systems, we will be ready and have our plan B," Yu said.

To add to it, Andrew Williamson, vice president of Huawei's Technologies Co. Ltd's public affairs and communication, noted in an interview that the Chinese tech company was "in the process of potentially launching a replacement."

"Huawei is in the process of potentially launching a replacement," Williamson told Reuters. "It's not something Huawei wants. We're very happy of being part of the Android family, but HongMeng is being test, mostly in China."

Though Huawei's executives in several interviews have maintained that they have no intentions of  leaving the Android and Windows operating systems, their executives, however, have been contradicting each other when it comes to their plan B operating systems they hope to switch to if things doesn't work out with the Trump administration.


Some weeks ago, Huawei's Chairman Liang Hua said in an interview that the HongMeng OS which is generally seen as Android replacement wasn't made to replace the Android OS. He said that the HongMeng OS was for IoT and maintained that Android was still their "first choice."

"In terms of smartphones, we are still using Android operating system and ecosystem as a 'first choice'," Liang Hua said. "We haven't decided yet if the HongMeng OS can be developed as a smartphone operating system in the future."

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Last week, Huawei board member and senior vice president Catherine Chen said that the HongMeng OS wasn't meant for smartphones as reported in the media. She explained that HongMeng which has been trademarked in different countries was for industrial use and has been in development before the US ban.

Chen went on to say that smartphones operating systems usually contains dozens of millions of lines of codes, whereas, HongMeng, though secured, contained hundreds of thousands lines of code. The HongMeng system also has extreme low latency compared with a smartphone operating system.

She said Hauwei intends to continue to use Google's Android operating systems on its smartphones.

While Huawei has trademarked HongMeng across several countries in Europe and South America, we are still confused which of it's trademarked OS is the Android replacement and if it will be "ready as early as this fall or next spring" as noted some months ago by its CEO Richard Yu.

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