Huawei’s Android replacement is one step closer to becoming a reality


It seems like more than just a simple a coincidence that Huawei is pushing the launch of its newest phone back behind the August deadline.

Chinese publication Global Times reports that Hongmeng was developed in collaboration with Tencent and according to Vivo, Xiaomi and Oppo, all Chinese smartphone vendors who tested the new OS, found it to be 60% faster than Google's Android. The company also plans to use Hongmeng OS for tablets and PCs, as revealed in its trademark description that was approved by the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) last month. However, the company has begun trademarking its "Hongmeng" operating system in at least nine countries, as well as Europe, which could be read as a sign that plans for the company's much-speculated-about Android replacement are starting to firm up.

We have already seen media reports that consumers in some worldwide markets were beginning to avoid Huawei products in view of concerns related to the reduced Google and Android support. If it is installed on Huawei devices, they will not be able to access many Android apps because Sailfish's compatibility layer is far from flawless, as the outlet reports.

Following the blacklist, which barred Huawei from doing business with U.S. tech companies such as Alphabet, whose Android OS is used in Huawei's phones, an executive of Huawei said on June 13 that the telecoms giant is in the process of potentially launching its "Hongmeng" operating system (OS) to replace the U.S. Android OS.

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Previous reports indicated that Huawei has prepared its own operating system in case it loses access to Android.

The company has denied its products pose a security threat. It suggests that the Chinese firm may soon launch the 5G enabled Mate X foldable phone in China. Some analysts, however, believe the new OS will be launched early next year with the debut of a new P series flagship.

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. That could be the reason why the USA tech giant has been lobbying for an Android exemption from the Huawei ban, arguing that the ban on Huawei will raise national security risks to the US. According to FunkyHuawei, the company is already intensely testing this system.

Pang denied recent media reports that Huawei was cancelling the roll out of its next new laptop and said it will still launch at a later date.