What you need to know about Huawei’s HongMeng OS

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Huawei is hoping an affordable price tag will help it attract both developers and consumers to join the HongMeng ecosystem.

Even as Huawei continues to officially deny that its HongMeng OS is meant for smartphones. The latest reports now show that the company will launch its first smartphone powered by the new software during the Q4 of 2019. The software is expected to be demoed at the upcoming Huawei Developer Conference. It is slated to run from August 9-11 in Dongguan City, China.

According to an unnamed source cited by The Global Times, the company is currently testing the compatibility of Android apps. It is also expected to be marketed as ‘Ark OS’ in some markets.

What you need to know

  • A new report claims Huawei will release its first smartphone with HongMeng OS in Q4 2019.
  • HongMeng OS will be showcased at Huawei’s Developer Conference in China on August 9.
  • The first device to run HongMeng OS will be the Honor Smart TV.

Last month, Huawei’s Senior Vice President Catherine Chen claimed that the HongMeng OS is not an alternative to Android. The company will continue to use Google’s mobile operating system in its smartphones.

Unlike Android, HongMeng OS is based on a microkernel. It allows it to “better accommodate AI and run on multiple platforms.” However, the biggest challenge in front of the company is to attract developers to build a good app ecosystem.

Huawei has reportedly been working on the new operating system for years. It only came into spotlight relatively recently, after the US President, Donald Trump, slapped sanctions on the company as part of the escalating trade war between the US and China. The company had earlier announced that it will launch a new line of smart TVs under the ‘Honor Smart Screen’ banner at the upcoming event, with some media reports suggesting that they will be powered by HongMeng.

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However, even as reports kept suggesting that the company is working on HongMeng as a possible replacement for Android. The persistent threat of US sanctions, top Huawei executives have, time and again, asserted that the software is meant for IoT devices rather than smartphones, so it will be interesting to see how all that plays out going forward

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