Hongmeng OS: If you’ve been following the news, you must know that Huawei was hit by U.S. government trade restrictions. Also, U.S. companies announced that they would comply with Intel, Google, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Xilinx. While others announced that they would mostly stop doing business with Huawei. At first, it seemed like all Google services would stop working on existing Huawei phones. But it’s not that bad, and apparently, it only affects phones sold after May 16. Everything is still in flow. So it may take some time for things to settle down and find out what the practical implications will be.
Nevertheless, after reading the news, we thought it would be a boon for projects like /e/ operating system. An operating system that works without Google’s closed-source binaries. But it turns out that Huawei is working on its own operating system. It’s called HongMeng OS (鸿蒙) according to Chinese media reports.
Some Chinese sources report that the OS has been developed for a while (Google translation):
A professor led the Huawei operating system team to develop a proprietary operating system–Hongmeng. The operating system was optimized for Linux (open source) and used in Huawei mobile phones (safety part). In addition, the project also won the first prize of the Ministry of Education Technology Invention (2018). The second prize of the National Technology Progress (2012), and strives for csranking as soon as possible before entering V. Prepare to declare the 2020 National Technology Progress Award.
Development of Hongmeng OS
We’ve heard that Huawei’s new operating system Hongmeng OS is served under the word “HongMeng”. And now we’ve got more information about this mysterious Hongmeng OS that cites its upcoming challenges in early distribution.
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“HongMeng” is Huawei’s first-ever self-developed operating system. Huawei’s upcoming operating system “Hongmeng OS” is planned to be different from the current Android architecture. But there are certain issues that the company had previously faced in Hongmeng’s development. Likely there are also some challenges that await it when it will be commercially launched into its device ecosystem, according to an internal source.
Huawei confirms it has built its own Hongmeng operating system
- A previous US ban on Chinese telecoms equipment maker ZTE from using American products and services served as a reality check for China’s technology ambitions.
- Huawei says it would only use its own OS in “extenuating circumstances”.
Huawei Technologies, China’s largest smartphone vendor, said it has developed its own operating systems (OS) for both smartphones and computers that can be used on its devices if current systems provided by U.S. technology giants are no longer available.
The Chinese company has developed a proprietary OS as tensions between the company and the U.S. government could affect the availability of U.S.-made operating systems used on Huawei devices, Huawei’s mobile chief Richard Yu Chengdong said in an interview with the German publication Die Welt.
Yu’s comments confirm an earlier report by the South China Morning Post in April 2018. That report revealed the existence of a long-standing project to build an alternative to Google’s Android OS. Huawei started building its own operating system after a US investigation into Huawei and ZTE Corp in 2012, a person familiar with the matter said in the report.
We’ve prepared our own operating system, if it turns out we can’t use these[ Android] systems anymore, we’ll be ready and have our plan B.Yu said in the interview
A previous US ban on Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer ZTE using American products and services served as a reality check for China’s technology ambitions. Google’s Android and Apple’s proprietaryiOS have a stranglehold on smartphone operating systems, accounting for 99.9 percent of the global market, according to last year’s Gartner estimates.