Huawei Mate X release date delayed by months, following Galaxy Fold issues

Huawei is reportedly testing a Russian operating system to replace Android

A few days ago, we told you that the Huawei Mate X is about to launch in China, with Huawei already posting 5G speed test results on social media.

Even though Huawei is reportedly working on its own mobile OS, the company might be looking elsewhere for its Android alternative.

There's also a possibility the Mate X delay is related to the recent restrictions the USA placed on Huawei, which Huawei recently confirmed had lead to the cancelation of an upcoming MateBook release. Samsung gave it a try with Tizen and Microsoft's mobile efforts with Windows didn't workout either, so it's no surprise that Huawei has been busy with its own solution that's been under development going as far back as 2012.

The Chinese technology giant has to seek ways to replace Google's Android operating system (OS) after the USA company made a decision to comply with Washington's ban on trading with Huawei without government approval. Sailfish OS is also known to be compatible with Android apps as well. If it is installed on Huawei devices, they will not be able to access many Android apps because Sailfish's compatibility layer is far from ideal, as the outlet reports.

Huawei said it wanted to do more testing and wanted to take a cautious approach to the launch.

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The report also mentions that Huawei has been developing its own Android alternative together with Tencent representatives. Williamson said that if trade tensions escalate into a full-blown trade war, Hongmeng would be ready to go "in months".

Reports have placed the potential launch date of Huawei's upcoming operating system at anywhere from as early as Q3 2019 to March 2020, when the company is expected to launch its new flagship smartphones. Which would, of course, present a whole new series of concerns.

Huawei has come under mounting scrutiny for over a year, led by USA allegations that "back doors" in its routers, switches and other gear could allow China to spy on US communications.

For the uninitiated, Aurora OS is not the only option Huawei has been considering; the company is also planning to develop its own OS, dubbed the Hongmeng OS for which the company Huawei has also filed for a trademark in around nine countries.

The company's patent filings include screenshots displaying the operating system's interface, which shares some features with Android's UI.

According to this report, HongMeng/Ark OS is 60% faster than Android and is being tested by companies including Oppo, Vivo, and Tencent.

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