Huawei exec says Hongmeng OS isn’t created to replace Android

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Huawei's upcoming Hongmeng operative system that was rumoured to be an Android alternative is not meant for smartphones, a company executive has said.

Last week, Huawei's chairman Liang Hua also stated that Hongmeng was mainly designed for embedded, IoT-style devices. Its lightness and low-latency made it ideal for those purposes.

In June, The Financial Times cited unnamed sources as saying that Google is concerned it would not be allowed to update its Android operating system on Huawei's smartphones, which it argues would prompt the Chinese company to develop its own version of the software.

Chen added that while a mobile platform usually contains millions of lines of code, HongMeng had "hundreds of thousands" of lines and was more secure.

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The comments come after President Trump said American firms could resume business with Huawei following a blacklisting that was announced in May. The HongMeng OS was widely reported as a potential alternative as it was found to be 60 percent faster than Android mobile OS. The OS was reportedly named HongMeng OS (with tentative plans to rename it Ark OS in future) and was already in its testing phase with acceptance from major tech players in the Chinese space.

"Huawei is in the process of potentially launching a replacement", Huawei's communications vice president Andrew Williamson told Reuters in June.

Nothing much is known about this new operating system which could also be a global name for HongMeng OS which we should be knowing more at the Huawei's Annual Developer Conference scheduled next month. Should you think Huawei must make its own Operating system to compete against Google's Android OS?

At that time, it was also suggested - based on the information obtained from United Nations World Intellectual Property Organisation (WPIO) - that Huawei planned to use its operating system in multiple devices, ranging from smartphones and portable computers to robots and vehicle televisions. There is also the question of whether US companies would be banned from using Hongmeng under a USA blacklisting of Huawei products.

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