The Huawei ban has not just pushed the Chinese firm to reevaluate its goals to take over Samsung to become the world’s largest mobile phone maker but has opened a pandora box and many other leading Chinese smartphone giants have to question their dependability on Android system.
Last month, the US government placed Huawei on the commerce’s entity list and many US-based tech companies were forced to suspend business with the smartphone manufacturer including Google who canceled Huawei’s Android License and thus restricting it to not use the OS for its upcoming smartphones.
The whole news came as a shock to the Huawei users but the 90-days delay in the restrictions gave leeway for providing Android updates to the existing customers. Uncertain about the future of its phones without Google’s OS, the company revealed that it was already working on plan B in case it was pushed to end its dependency on Android and thus came the Hongmeng OS which reports speculate will be called Oak OS outside of China.
According to the Global Times, an English newspaper in China, Huawei has begun testing its Hongmeng OS with domestic smartphone vendors and internet giants and plans to launch it in the coming months.
Tencent, a Chinese internet company has teamed up with Huawei to test the new Hongmeng OS. Moreover, popular smartphone companies like OPPO and Vivo have also sent teams to test the new operating system and they were shown that the new operating system in 60% faster than Android.
We might need to take the”60%” number with a pinch of salt but still, we cannot ignore the fact that Huawei has a whole new market for its Hongmeng OS even if the US finally lifts the restrictions imposed under the pretense of national security.
Chinese smartphone companies are rapidly expanding across the globe and they may choose not to put their eggs in one basket by choosing Android OS which can be taken away whenever the US government wants to pressurize Chinese government for trade negotiations.
Google has already started lobbying against the Huawei ban and is demanding an exemption by arguing that the development of Huawei’s custom operating system can be a threat to their country’s national security.
Huawei is quickly accelerating the launch of its custom Hongmeng OS and some reports suggest that it may launch in August or September 2019. The company has already trademarked “Hongmeng” in multiple countries across the world and has shipped around 1 million smartphones with its homegrown operating system.