Huawei working with Oppo, others on HongMengOS, also testing Sailfish OS fork Aurora OS
Huawei is facing severe headwinds in both arms of its business. Not only has it been locked out of numerous western countries as potential 5G telecommunications provider, its consumer electronics product line is also under severe threat thanks to a US government ban. It has had to shut down its MateBook production lines and has cancelled the launch of new models. However, it is apparently not giving up on its hugely successful smartphone business and is exploring a number of options.
We known for some time that Huawei has been working on its own proprietary operating system called HongMeng OS for the Chinese market and Oak OS for the international market. According to China's Global Times, a government mouthpiece, the company is partnering with fellow Chinese tech titans Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Tencent to widely test its in house operating system. The aim is to see these companies switch to the alternative operating system and help to smash Google's market dominance with Android -- and it could launch on the Mate 30 as soon as September -- at least in China.
In the latest development, according to Forbes, Huawei is also testing Russian Open Mobile Platform's Aurora OS, which is a fork of Jolla's Sailfish OS. Huawei's chairman Guo Ping is said to have discussed the possibility with Russia's minister of digital development and communications, Konstantin Noskov. Even Xi Jinping and Vladmir Putin are reported to have discussed the possibility even going as far as to consider the joint development of chips and software.
The combined might of China and Russia would certainly go a long way to overcoming both the immediate hurdles Huawei is facing as well as China and Russia's current reliance on US technology. While Huawei can probably produce one or two more generations of ARM-based chips, the Kirin 985 and Kirin 990, it will have to look for alternative options beyond that as things stand.