Since May, when America put Huawei on the blacklist, more and more rumors about the Android alternative have begun to emerge. This time, the launch would be scheduled for the latter part of 2019. But the surprise is not that it is launched, but that the manufacturer wants to put the operating system on a cheap phone. Very cheap.
Huawei is in a situation where it is too dependent on Android. Although an open source operating system, the app store is controlled by Google. By the end of 2019, Huawei has several phones to launch, including the foldable Mate X and Mate 30 Pro. Nobody would run HongMeng, Huawei’s alternative to Android, but a phone with this operating system would still be released this year.
What Huawei intends with its operating system
Huawei has never been a direct company in terms of future plans with the operating system. Unofficial information showed that the manufacturer had been working with him for almost six years. There were even pictures with the phone’s interface. However, the system would not be ready to launch. Or at least not as a replacement for Android.
Huawei’s plan now would be to launch this software infrastructure on a cheap phone. Unofficial information indicates the threshold of 250 euros as the target. That would mean that Huawei is following the same strategy as Samsung, when it launched its alternatives to Android.
Huawei is expected to present the operating system, still unofficially named HongMeng, on August 9 at the developer conference. At the same time, in addition to phones, the system would also be on the first Honor TVs, which hit the market on August 10. The aim of the company would be to develop it for autonomous machines, medical services and automated industries.
Thus, the phone with HongMeng would only be a demonstration. The company would like HongMeng to be the Internet of Things first, meaning all gadgets other than phones or laptops. But the phone would be released with the Mate 30 series.
Ironically or not, this alternative to Android is built on the principles of Fuchsia, the operating system that Google hopes to replace with Android one day. For Huawei, the architecture of this type would be better suited to IoT.