Huawei’s Android phones are currently facing a not so happy future. According to many sources, Google has stopped cooperation with Huawei. From now on, Huawei smartphones will no longer use the same Android version that Google uses.
On May 19th, by orders of the US Government, Google withdrew Huawei’s Android license. This means that Huawei can only start using the open source version of Android (AOSP) into its future smartphones.
As well as the absence of the Play Store app and Google services like Gmail, Youtube, Maps, … Huawei’s current smartphones will no longer receive further Android updates.
Technically Huawei can still use Android. But clearly on the long term, it cannot keep using Android forever. This is exactly why Huawei has developed its own operating system. This has not started recently but has been going on since 2012.
After Google cutting off Huawei, more information is showing the new OS’s name “Hongmeng OS” (Hong Mong OS). This new chinese OS supports both smartphones and computers.
Huawei’s own OS name is Hongmeng OS
On recent news, the Chinese media published that Richard Yu, Huawei’s consumer goods CEO, added some new information about the new OS the group is developing.
Richard Yu said the new OS will be compatible with all the current Android applications. Richard Yu also stated that Android application is going to be recompiled to run on Huawei’s operating system. This will give the application a performance boost up to 60%.
This new recompilation is currently possible mainly because Huawei’s operating system uses the new microkernel architecture.
Huawei’s additional products including smartwatches affected as well .
Besides smartphones, Huawei also produces tablets, smartwatches and laptops.
Huawei’s Smartwatch has two main product lines, one using Google’s WearOS and the other using Huawei’s LiteOS. Smartwatch models run Huawei’s LiteOS instead of Google’s software. And that means that it won’t be affected. But smartwatch models using Google’s WearOS and Huawei’s Android tablet may face similar problems like smartphones.
Huawei’s operating system will not only be available to smartphones and computers like the original information. It will also be available on tablets, TVs, cars and smart wearable devices.
According to CNBC’s report, Huawei’s consumer department manager has confirmed that a separate operating system for smartphones and computers will be ready for use in China as of this fall.
However, Huawei will only be able to use its own operating system only when it can avoid using Google and Microsoft software completely.
The earliest lunch date for this new operating system, is probably during the fall of this year. and the latest lunch date is around the spring of next year (2020).
Huawei’s OS is still under development and still needs time. Although Huawei is the second largest smartphone company in the world, many people still not sure about its success. This lack of confidence is because of the sudden change of plans, and that they have to produce a new OS in such a short time.
iOS and Android now stands for nearly 98% of the mobile operating system market share and almost no possibility for a third operating system.