HongMeng OS is not intended for phones: Huawei executive

It seems HongMeng has less to do with phones than once thought. (Source: PC Tech Magazine)
It seems HongMeng has less to do with phones than once thought. (Source: PC Tech Magazine)
Huawei has reportedly developed a whole new operating system known as HongMeng. It has been speculated that this software exists as a contingency for the OEM's uncertain position with respect to the use of Android. However, the company's senior vice president (SVP) has just shot this idea down in no uncertain terms.
Deirdre O Donnell,

Huawei's precipitous relationship with the current US administration once resulted in the threat of the loss of  Android as an OS for its increasingly popular and powerful smartphones. This eventuality may now be less acute than once thought. Nevertheless, it has resulted in theories that HongMeng, its new in-house OS, was being developed as the basis of a proprietary, iOS-like ecosytem for mobile devices.

However, it appears that these indications have been debunked. Speaking in the course of an interview in Brussels, Huawei's SVP Catherine Chen categorically denied that HongMeng is an Android replacement. Instead, the executive asserted that the OS is in fact destined for "industrial" purposes.

Chen backed up this statement by referring to HongMeng's volume of code, which, apparently, is considerably reduced compared to that of the average smartphone OS. Then again, this new system is also much snappier than that of the typical mobile device.

Additionally, while HongMeng may now be off the table in terms of Huawei's putative in-house alternative to Google's software, more leaks suggest that it has others to choose from. Judging from the number of alleged trademarks linked to this potential OS, it may also be called Harmony, Ark OS or Oak OS.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-07-20 (Update: 2019-07-20)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.