Huawei is working on its own operating system for smartphones that will be ready this fall. The Hongmeng OS will also support Android apps according to the reports.
Huawei’s Android Alternative
As a result of an order from the US government, Google has taken away the Android license from Huawei, as a result of which the brand can no longer release new phones with Google Play Services. That is, Huawei can only use the version of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) without the Google Play Store and popular Google services. The United States has recently mitigated its measures so that the brand can support its current products.
In China, the use of the AOSP software would not be too much of a problem given that the Play Store and Google services are blocked there anyway, but outside of China the problem is much greater. That is why, according to sources from Global Times, Huawei would be working hard on its own alternative to Android that would carry the name ‘Hongmeng’. The operating system is said to have been under development at the Chinese company since 2012.
Plan B In Force
In a recent interview with Die Welt, Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu already spoke about the own operating system that the brand is keeping behind. “We have prepared our own operating system,” Yu then said. “Should it ever happen that we can no longer use these systems [the software from Google and Microsoft], then we are prepared. We see it as our plan B, but of course, we prefer to work with the ecosystems of Google and Microsoft. ”
According to China Business News, Hongmeng will also support Android apps, but there is still a lot of uncertainty about how that works. Huawei would never be able to make Android apps directly compatible with its operating system. Huawei may offer Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to developers to make their apps work with Hongmeng in a simpler way. That is exactly the same method that Microsoft used very late for its Windows Phone operating system.
Hongmeng will be ready this fall and for the time being, the software is already being tested internally. The final launch of the operating system is only planned for 2020.