Huawei has been working on an alternative to Android for a long time. We already know that the name of the new OS is HongMeng. The company has now announced that it will launch a phone powered by the new operating system before the end of 2019.
Huawei has been trouble over the past few months after the US government issued a directive that prevents US-based firms from trading with it without seeking permission. This means that the Chinese tech giant will not be allowed to use Android OS in its future phones if the ban is not lifted.
Huawei is planning to showcase HongMeng OS at a developer conference that is expected to take place on the 9th day of August in Dongguan. Most people initially believed that the new OS was meant for smartphones but the company has clarified that it was designed for Honor smart televisions and IoT devices.
The smartphone running on the HongMeng OS is already being tested. According to the Global Times, the new mobile phone will be launched alongside the Huawei Mate 30 Pro later this year. This phone is expected to be in the entry-level (budget) segment.
We had reported earlier that Huawei claimed that the new OS will be faster than Android. The report by Global Times claims that the HongMeng is also superior in personal data handling and protection.
It is no secret that Huawei is using the new operating system to prove that it is capable of making an OS that is just as good as Android. The company is warning that it might resort to using it in all its new smartphones if it’s not able to use the software provided by Google.
President Trump signaled that the ban might be revoked during the G20 summit. Huawei is hoping that the stalemate will be resolved soon to allow it to go back to doing its business as usual.