Huawei says HongMeng OS is not for smartphones, will keep using Android

Sheri Evans
July 20, 2019

On Thursday, the company confirmed that Hongmeng operating system is not for smartphones; instead, the company will continue using Google Android OS for its smartphones.

Huawei didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Recently the HongMeng OS was also tested on a few smartphones and testers also shared their experience on the same but since USA administration said that their firm can now resume doing business with Huawei Inder certain conditions, Huawei might have given a second thought on not using the OS for smartphones. However, Huawei board member and senior Vice President Catherine Chen now reportedly says that the new operating system is not meant for smartphones.

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So not only is its in-house OS not created to replace Android, but it appears that Huawei doesn't even have a plan should the worst case scenario decide to rear its ugly head. She added that the operating system had been in development for years and is aimed at businesses that use Internet of Things (IoT).

VP Andrew Williamson had revealed a few weeks ago that they are developing a potential replacement for Android and it will be prepared to make a switch in a few months from then. "It's not something Huawei wants".

The move banned Huawei from acquiring components and technology from American firms without prior USA government approval, under the pretext that the equipment made by the company poses a national security risk. It was previously reported as an alternative to Google's Android. In fact, news of a home-grown operating system by Huawei dates back to 2012. Adding credence to that is our own interactions with Huawei executives, with a "plan B" being worked on in the event that the 90-day deadline laid out by Google in May.

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