Huawei can no longer use Google’s services, which means future smartphones by the company will not be running on Android. But that’s okay because Huawei already has contingencies in place. The company has been developing its own OS, which is called HongMeng OS in China and may be called Ark OS for global markets. A new report now claims Huawei will be ready to ship phones with this new OS in October.
As per latest reports, Huawei has been intensively testing HongMeng OS with companies like Tencent, Oppo and Vivo. Based on the tests, it has been revealed that Huawei’s new OS is 60 per cent faster than Google’s Android. The HongMeng OS-supported phones will be released in China, while international markets will get Huawei’s new OS at a later date as it will need to meet certain requirements.
It also seems that the rumoured Hauwei Mate 30 will not be among the first to get the new OS as it may ship with entry-level and mid-range phones in China. While one presumes Huawei’s troubles with the US will affect its sales, reports suggest the company is on course to ship over 200 million units this year, beating last year’s figures.
According to a report by China Daily earlier this week, Huawei has already shipped 1 million devices with the new HongMeng OS for testing. The software is also said to be compatible with all Android applications and can support phones, computers, tablets, TVs, cars, wearables and so on.
Meanwhile, Google is trying to lobby for an Android exemption from the Huawei ban, warning the US administration that this could raise national security concerns. Chinese companies, however, are backing Huawei to release its new OS as they see it as a potential blow to the US crackdown.