Huawei’s Homegrown Operating System Isn’t Meant to Be an Android Alternative

Posted on July 19, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Android, Hardware with 8 Comments

Huawei has been going through a lot. After the company was blacklisted by the U.S. government, Google announced it will stop doing business with the phone maker, meaning it will no longer be able to supply Google’s vital Play Services and future Android updates with its future phones. That’s a massive deal for Huawei, as it would mean the company’s phones will lose access to the millions of apps on the Play Store and software updates for its phones.

Last month, of course, the U.S. government once again started allowing Huawei to do business with U.S. companies.

There was, however, a really interesting discussion when Huawei was getting backlisted by all the companies, especially Google. Losing access to Android’s vital parts would significantly hurt the company’s growing phone business, and so there were lots of talks about an alternative OS the company has been working on. Multiple reports discussed Huawei’s “alternative” OS to Android which the company could use instead of Android if it had been blocked from using Android indefinitely.

But as it turns out, the OS that’s being developed by Huawei isn’t meant to be an alternative to Android. Chinese blog Xinhua reports that Hauwei’s SVP and board member, Catherine Chen, discussed the company’s homegrown operating system in a recent meeting. Apparently, the new OS–called Hongmeng–is designed for industrial use, and not as an alternative to Android for phones. The OS has even been in development for a while, with Chen claiming that the OS is much more secure and offers extremely low latency compared to a smartphone OS.

Huawei’s homegrown OS is still very interesting, mainly because of the fact that the company isn’t actually working on an alternative to Android. Although the situation with the trade battle between the U.S. and China has calmed down a bit recently, it still doesn’t eliminate the chances of any future events where the company could once again find itself in a big mess that’s almost completely out of its own control.

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