While Huawei is still hoping to stay together with the Android family, the US ban is pushing the company to accelerate its effort to introduce its homegrown Hongmeng OS in its future devices. All we know about the operating system is that the company started to develop it in 2012, and the leaked screenshots show a very basic layout of the apps.
Hongmeng OS is being pitched as an Android alternative and recently the billionaire entrepreneur, Zhou Hongyi, Chairman and CEO of Internet security company Qihoo 360 Technology, while delivering a speech at Nanjing Tech Week said that the Chinese firm could develop its Hongmeng OS in an open source platform, similar to Google’s Android OS which will make it easy to spread it throughout China’s IT sector.
Huawei has been testing the software with domestic tech giants and smartphone vendors including OPPO, Vivo, and Tencent which also hints their inclination making Hongmeng OS an open source system which can be accessed by others all the same. This will also help the company to create a 360-degree ecosystem to include smart devices and IoT.
The company has been planning to launch Hongmeng OS in August and September, so we will find out soon whether it will be an exclusive or open source platform like Android. The company is also planning to ship 225 million smartphones with its custom-made software by the end of October 2019, which makes us believe that it will debut with Mate 30 series.
Google, looking at the looming threat to Android’s dominance, has started to lobby against the Huawei ban and is calling Hongmeng OS a greater threat to US national security