Huawei’s HongMengOS Is More Than Just an Android Replacement, Slated for Use by IoT Devices and Self-Driving Cars


Donald Trump recently lifted the USA Trade ban on Huawei but the tech giant is still awaiting official communication regarding the use of Android on its future phones while working on HongMengOS. HongMengOS is Huawei’s own Android replacement that the company has been working on for the past couple of years and it was reported that it performs relatively faster compared to other operating systems including Android(60% faster) and iOS and MacOS and probably why Huawei is increasing its application across IoT devices and self-driving cars.

While speaking to LePoint, a French magazine, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei said that their in-house OS rocks a processing delay of fewer than 5 milliseconds hinting that it could be used for a multitude of devices not just for smartphones but tablets, desktop computers, IoT devices and autonomous cars.

In the interview, Ren Zhengfei was confident about HongMengOS’s performance and optimization but stated that it will face an uphill battle when it comes to app stores as they have been dominated by Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS platforms and is the reason why it’s attracting developers to its own app store which they’re working on.

Huawei CEO, Richard Yu had reportedly stated that the new OS would be ready by later this year or early next year but according to other reports the homegrown Android replacement which was codenamed Project Z is yet to be ready for release despite accelerated development after the Android ban. The OS was originally meant for the Chinese market since they already can’t access Google services and apps.

If things don’t work out with Google, the upcoming Huawei Mate 30 will be the first device to launch with HongMengOS if it will consumer-ready by that time. Its current devices are being upgraded to Android Pie which is now at over 80 million units. Huawei has also promised that these 17 devices will also be getting Android Q – we’ve already seen previews of the upcoming Android Q-based EMUI 10 and they look impressive so far.

Hopefully, progress is made within the coming weeks between Huawei, the US Commerce Department and Google before the end of the 90 temporary reprieve the Chinese tech company was granted.


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