After the US ban, the future of Huawei seemed doubtful until the Chinese smartphone maker announced that it has been working on a Plan B in the shape of its homegrown operating system known as Hongmeng OS. Though the US has eased some of the restrictions, the company is still moving forward with the plan to launch its custom-made software for users.
The company is reportedly recruiting internal testers to check its software in China and one of them, on the condition of anonymity, revealed some of the key features of the upcoming Hongmeng OS to Huawei Central.
The new operating system is said to be different than its Android-based skin EMUI and will come with the following features:
Phone Activation Interface: Huawei has introduced new awake animation and customization options in Hongmeng OS
Always on Display: Hongmeng OS will come with support for Always on Display (AOD) which will include widgets, new lock screen, and message reminder
User Interface: The company will be introducing revamped icons, more animations, fast and smooth transitions, changes in the notification panel and wider search bar.
Message Reminder: Huawei has introduced new reminder mode in the software’s settings
Ringtones: New ringtone for calls
Camera: The company has made the camera app more user-friendly with only a few more extra controls as compared to this year’s Huawei P30 Pro.
According to the tester, the new operating system gives a different feeling than the one we have grown accustomed to in Huawei’s smartphones. Furthermore, he also revealed that some features of the software were missing and not accessible which hints that the company is still working on them in their labs.
Recently, the CEO and co-founder of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei has also revealed that their Hongmeng OS is faster than Android and MacOS and will have broader applications. The company is set to hold its developer conference in August 2019 and we are hopeful to see the glimpse if not the finished product of the software at the event.
At the moment, Huawei is also working with Chinese tech giants and smartphone vendors including Tencent, OPPO, and Vivo to test out its operating system and with the increased chances that Hongmeng OS will be an open source platform, we can expect other curious parties to jump the bandwagon as well in the future.
Reportedly, the company is also planning to ship 225 million smartphones with Hongmeng OS by the end of October 2019, which coincides with the launch of Huawei Mate 30 series. We’ll have to wait and see if the company’s flagship Mate 30 phones will be the torch bearer for the company’s new step towards superiority in the smartphone world.