Tencent, Xiaomi, Oppo Reportedly Testing Huawei’s HongMeng OS

Tencent, Xiaomi, Oppo Reportedly Testing Huawei’s HongMeng OS

Huawei is getting closer, it seems, to the day when it will begin relying on a Plan B mobile operating system to replace the reliance it's enjoyed up to this point on Google's Android, which the Chinese consumer electronics giant is in danger of losing access to soon thanks to United States sanctions. "Presumably we'll be trying to put trademarks".

According to a report by China's Global Times, Huawei is reportedly intensively the testing process of the HongMeng operating system (OS) HongMeng with internet giants and domestic smartphone vendors. That could be the reason why the USA tech giant has been lobbying for an Android exemption from the Huawei ban, arguing that the ban on Huawei will raise national security risks to the US.

No one knows exactly what will happen to Huawei in around two months, when a U.S. executive order is (theoretically) set to come into effect, essentially banning the Chinese tech giant from doing business with long-time partners like Google, Qualcomm, Intel, and possibly even Arm, to name just a few.

We have already seen media reports that consumers in some worldwide markets were beginning to avoid Huawei products in view of concerns related to the reduced Google and Android support. It's supposed to serve as a universal operating system replacing both Android and Windows, albeit running Android apps has become a priority for the company. HongMeng is at least 60 percent faster than Android, the report notes.

The report also mentions that Huawei has been developing its own Android alternative together with Tencent representatives.

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To ensure long-term security, and given the Trump administration's continuing rhetoric against China and its tech companies, Huawei has no option but to pursue its own OS. However, there are speculations that the new OS will drop with the Mate 30 in the last quarter of the year. However, the world's second-largest maker of smartphones has not yet revealed details about its OS. Huawei is already thought to have received trademark clearance in China.

Now, if all the existing devices get a HongMeng update, it could take away a significant share from Android. "They're doing it by their own desire because, for many of them, Huawei is one of their major customers", he said.

Williamson said that if trade tensions escalate into a full-blown trade war, Hongmeng would be ready to go "in months". Because it's no longer allowed to use Android and Windows on its devices, the Chinese tech giant had to push back several devices, including a Windows laptop that was originally projected to launch this week.

Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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