Huawei has been working on its in-house OS since 2012. But it was only after the trade tension between the US and China did the company reveal the details about its operating system. When Google revoked the Android license from Huawei after the US government mandate, Huawei talked about their in-house Oak OS. Since then, a lot has changed, and the company has also given an official name to the operating system: HongMeng OS. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Operating System from Huawei.
Is Hongmeng OS A competitor To Android?
Let’s get rid of the elephant in the room. Is the HongMeng OS a competitor to Android? Unfortunately, no. It would be great to see a new OS competing with Android and iOS, but a Huawei executive has already confirmed that HongMeng isn’t an alternative for Android.
However, Huawei’s CEO says that the company will launch HongMeng OS for phones if it receives a permanent ban from using Google and Microsoft services.
What Will Huawei Use Hongmeng OS For?
If it’s not to compete with Android, what is Huawei going to use HoneMeng OS for? Well, the company has mentioned that the OS is designed as a low-latency solution for IoT devices. The OS should power most of Huawei’s products, including wearables and televisions.
Huawei says that they have developed the OS in a way that it will run on a phone without any issues. The OS should be able to run all the Android apps in theory. In fact, according to Huawei, app open times will be 60% faster on HongMeng OS when compared to Android.
Huawei is gearing up to reveal the HongMeng OS to the public. The company may also launch a phone running the OS as early as Q4 2019.
The Future Of Hongmeng OS
The success of HongMeng OS is not only crucial to Huawei but also to a lot of other Chinese companies as well. As you may already know, most of the software companies doing business with Chinese tech giants are US-based, and when the US government takes a step as big as to revoke access to all the software services, it can cost companies billions of dollars.
Keeping this in mind, giants like Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo, also have shown interest in the Hongmeng OS. These phone companies are testing how well the OS works on their devices. If Hongmeng OS sees growth, there will be fewer reasons for Chinese smartphone manufacturers to be worried about the US and its changing trade policies.
It’s not just the companies which will benefit from the success of the Hongmeng OS. We, as the customers, will benefit too. Competition is always great for customers. And with one more player in the industry, I wouldn’t be surprised to see not only Hongmeng but also Android evolve at a faster rate.
We aren’t entirely sure what will be the fate of the new OS, and I am confident that even Huawei hasn’t figured properly what it wants to do with its OS.
But what we know for sure is that industry giants like Huawei won’t fall apart just because the US government decides to revoke its software license or even ban the company entirely.