We all believed that Huawei was going to create an OS that could possibly rival Android and iOS, but it has now confirmed to not be the case. After all, Huawei did state that the HongMeng OS was Huawei's answer when the US government put the company on a blacklist. Now, Catherine Chen, Senior Vice President and a Board Member of Huawei, has said that the upcoming HongMeng OS is not for smartphones and the company is planning to continue using Google’s Android operating system on its smartphones.
She added that the recently-trademarked Hongmeng operating system is for industrial use and the system has been in development long before the current discussions around finding an alternative to Android. She further said that HongMeng is very secure because of fewer lines of codes compared to a mobile OS and has an extreme low latency compared with a smartphone operating system.
Earlier, during an interview, Huawei’s founder and CEO had said that the HongMeng OS will be used in a wide range of products, including routers, network switches, tablets, computers and data centers. We even reported that their Harmony OS will be used in their Honor Smart TV.
This definitely took an interesting turn as there's been plenty of talk and discussion on the HongMeng OS being used on smartphones, with testers even sharing their experience and stating that the OS makes smartphones 60 per cent faster. We even reported that the Huawei Mate 30 was ready to be launched with the HongMeng OS.
It seems that the company decided not to use HongMeng OS for smartphones after the Trump administration said that US firms can resume doing business with Huawei under certain conditions. This means that Huawei can now regain access to Google’s Android. It's definitely a downer, to the point that it feels like Huawei tricked us in a way. Guess we'll only find out what Huawei's OS can be like through the Harmony OS and maybe more will be revealed during Huawei’s Annual Developers Conference next month.