Huawei is getting closer, it seems, to the day when it will begin relying on a Plan B mobile operating system to replace the reliance it's enjoyed up to this point on Google's Android, which the Chinese consumer electronics giant is in danger of losing access to soon thanks to USA sanctions.
Huawei is working furiously to get its homemade operating system, Hongmeng, off the ground.
Looking at the activity, it seems clear Huawei is stepping up efforts to reduce its reliance on Google for provision of software for devices, and launch its own system.
Its presence on the Mate 30 has not yet been ruled out, but chances are that it will hit the Mate 30 or P40 series of phones once the OS is able to meet requirements for an global audience, hopefully once the entire ecosystem is up and running. However, the latest report says that it won't come pre-installed in the flagship Mate 30 series.
The email suggests that AppGallery has 560,000 developers now in the community, and that the platform comes preloaded on every Huawei phone sold globally, reaching 270 million monthly active users. The AppGallery is said to have seen the involvement of more than 560,000 developers. This means that Huawei and Honor phone will stop getting access to Android and all future updates after August 2019 (after which the relaxation of Android ban ends).More news: Oil Rises As Russia Looks to Support Continued Production Cuts
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Once Huawei's OS formally hits the street, there will effectively be two kinds of Android operating system: the genuine version and a Huawei version which will be compatible to all Android apps.
Android now holds more than 80 percent of smartphone OS market share, but a lot of it is accounted for Chinese smartphone makers who used the open-sourced Android system to build their own platforms, as Chinese government does not allow Google to provide services in the nation.
For the initial stages, Huawei is said to focus mainly on the budget smartphone segment with its own OS.
Interestingly, Guo Mingxi also predicts that Huawei will manage to ship over 215 to 225 million units of its smartphones this year, despite the troubles between the United States and China.
Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Chinese tech giant has adamantly denied all accusations.