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Tech & ScienceHuawei says its Hongmeng OS isn’t an Android replacement after all

20:15  19 july  2019
20:15  19 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Huawei says its Hongmeng OS isn’t an Android replacement after all © Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge

After a torrid few months, Huawei is now downplaying the idea that its homegrown Hongmeng operating system could serve as a drop-in replacement for Google’s Android on its smartphones. SVP Catherine Chen told reporters in Brussels yesterday that Hongmeng is not designed for smartphones and that Huawei plans to continue using Android, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports.

This follows similar comments last week from chairman Liang Hua, who said in comments reported by TechNode that “[Huawei hasn’t] decided yet if the Hongmeng OS can be developed as a smartphone operating system in the future.” Liang says the system was designed as a low-latency solution for IoT devices, while Chen describes it as being “for industrial use.”

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After banning HUAWEI in May President Trump recently declared that HUAWEI is free to do business with the US companies as before, but ironically Zhengfei, in the interview, stressed that Hongmeng OS is meant for broader applications rather than being considered as an Android alternative only.

Hongmeng /ARK OS : Here’s everything you need to know about Huawei ’s Operating System . In a smartphone supply chain report, Rosenblatt Securities mentioned that Huawei will release its operating system Hongmeng /Hong Meng in the fourth quarter as a replacement of Android .

That’s a shift from Huawei’s previous messaging, which has suggested that the company was prepared to make a switch. “Huawei is in the process of potentially launching a replacement,” communications VP Andrew Williamson told Reuters in June, adding that it’d be ready “in months” in the event of an Android blacklisting. “It’s not something Huawei wants. We’re very happy being part of the Android family, but Hongmeng is being tested, mostly in China.” Consumer division CEO Richard Yu also said earlier this year that Huawei would be ready to use its alternatives.

The point may be moot, of course, if the US’ recent easing of trade restrictions on Huawei turn out to affect the company’s ability to deal with Google. But whatever the outcome there, it’s less clear than ever how ready Huawei would be to go it alone.

Huawei will reportedly release a phone with its own OS this year.
According to a report by Chinese media site the company might release a phone running the HongMeng OS by the end of the year. The report suggests the mid-range device might be priced around 2000 Yuan ($288). Its aim is to attract developers and users to to join the ecosystem, which is being built to rival Google’s Android OS. As such, the goal may not be to initially sell large volumes of this model, but to introduce HongMeng OS in a low-cost package. The company is set to host its developer conference in Dongguan, China on August 9; Huawei may take that opportunity to officially announce its new OS then.

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