Despite Huawei tops confessing that HongMeng was never meant for smartphones, the company is still going all out with their very own OS. The Huawei smartphone equipped with their own OS could be put into the market at the end of this year, targeting low- and medium-end markets and priced at around 2,000 yuan (~MYR1200) in a bid to attract software developers and users to join the ecosystem.
According to an unnamed source, "The new Huawei phones with the HongMeng system will debut in the market in the fourth quarter, with up to several million units in stock. It is expected that the smartphone will show up along with the Huawei Mate30 series."
The price is expected to be set around 2,000 yuan, targeting the medium- and low-end market so it's unlikely to be the Huawei Mate 30. According to analysts though, doing this enables Huawei to deliver the device in a fast and convenient manner, while also growing the market and not causing an economic burden for users.
Before then, Huawei is set to release the HongMeng OS at Huawei's Developer Conference on August 9 in Dongguan, South China's Guangdong Province. The first batch of devices to be equipped with this OS will be the Honor smart TV series, which will be put into market on August 10, according to tech news site 36kr.com. In the future, the HongMeng OS will be expanded into other fields including autonomous driving, remote medical services and industrial control.
In addition to smartphones and industrial use, Huawei has greater plans for the HongMeng OS: to make it run on many platforms and facilitate IoT. The source disclosed that unlike the Android system which is based on the Linux kernal, Huawei's idea of developing HongMeng is similar to Google's Fuchsia OS - based on a microkernel, this can better accommodate artificial intelligence (AI) and makes it capable of running on multiple platforms.