Almost all the media outlets that cover tech-related news featured that Hongmeng OS from Huawei is coming soon in both Huawei & Honor smartphones. However, turns out that the said operating system from Chinese giant Huawei is not meant for smartphones but rather it will be used for industrial purposes as the matter was discussed at a roundtable conference in Brussels earlier this week.
Based on the statement made by Huawei’s senior VP Catherine Chen, Huawei has been developing its Hongmeng OS which is also known as Oak OS for a couple of years even before considering an alternative to Android OS. Earlier, we received tonnes of reports on Hongmeng such as Huawei reportedly filed the OS for a trademark in a dozen countries around the globe and the fact that the in-house OS is 60% faster than Android OS but that has been put to an end.
Chen further added that the in-house Hongmeng OS that Huawei has developed uses a thousand lines of code compared to a few million lines of codes that usually make up a smartphone operating system. The constricted number of lines allows Hongmeng to be a secure OS with low latency which is something industrial devices could use with ease.
To put things into context, ever since Huawei Ban was imposed by the United States in May that was relaxed for 90-days on May 19, there has been news regarding companies like Google, Qualcomm, Micron, and a few other U.S. based companies withdrawing their support to Huawei. However, the situation came to a rest after Donald Trump softened the situation and lifted the Huawei ban for which, the terms and conditions are still happening.
This is where news concerning Huawei’s own Hongmeng OS started bursting out on the internet. Even CEO Richard Yu pointed towards an alternative at work and also mentioned how the Chinese tech giant is working on alternatives of Google Play Store and has approach developers to develop apps for the app store as well.
It is possible that Huawei is still developing an in-house OS for its Huawei & Honor smartphones although the primary OS will be Android for now. Huawei is gearing up for the launch of new smartphones including the Huawei Nova 5i and Mate 30 series among others that will presumably have Android OSes at their primary firmware with Huawei’s custom skin EMUI as you would find today in all its smartphones.