Earlier this year, Huawei was added to the US government’s blacklist. Unfortunately, Huawei had to spend a few torrid months where it was banned from purchasing components and services from American based companies.
As soon as Huawei was banned from purchasing Google’s services, news of Huawei’s own OS as a potential alternative to Android was widely reported. However, as soon as the ban from Huawei was lifted, the Chinese tech giant started downplaying the idea that its homegrown HongMeng OS could serve as a drop-in replacement for Google’s Android.
Huawei’s board member and VP Catherine Chen has told reporters in Brussels that HongMeng is not designed for smartphones and Huawei plans on using Android for its future smartphones as well. According to Chen, the OS is basically developed for business uses and the internet of things (IoT).
Similar comments were made last week by chairman Liang Hua who said, “Huawei hasn’t decided yet if the HongMeng OS can be developed as a smartphone operating system in the future. The system was designed as a low-latency solution for IoT devices for industrial use.”
Both the executive’s comments suggest a shift from previously released messages which suggested the company was on the verge of making a shift from Android to HongMeng. We even saw reports suggesting that HongMeng was 60 percent faster than Android and iOS.
The communications VP Andrew Williamson, told Reuters in June,
Huawei is in the process of potentially launching a replacement, it’s not something Huawei wants. We’re very happy being part of the Android family, but HongMeng is being tested, mostly in China.
At that time, he also added that the OS would be ready in months.
Huawei has also trademarked Harmony OS and Ark OS and rumors suggest that any of those could be the Huawei’s alternative OS for Google’s Android.