Huawei Hongmeng OS is not the Android-alt we expected

Chris Burns - Jul 19, 2019, 11:22 am CDT
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Huawei Hongmeng OS is not the Android-alt we expected

Huawei’s new operating system Hongmeng seemed like a pretty interesting alternative to Android in the face of Google’s possible future objections. It was due to less-than-fantastic outlook from Google’s home country’s laws with regard to Huawei that this all started. Whether or not the Hongmeng OS was created in response to early chatter about this possibility is a different matter entirely.

If we take a look at the current state of the matter, it would appear that Huawei’s doing slightly better in the government’s eyes (here in the USA) than they were earlier this year. They’re still under fairly serious scrutiny, but there’s a good chance that Google will continue to work with Huawei for Android for the foreseeable future.

The folks at Huawei this morning suggested that Hongmeng is not meant to be an alternative to Android for the company for smartphones. Instead, they intend to continue to use Android for all non-industrial purposes in the future.

The recently-trademarked Hongmeng will be used for industrial purposes and has, according to Huawei, been in development “long before the current discussions around finding an alternative to Android.” That’s VIA China-based publication Xinhau’s account of the public statement this morning from Huawei board member and senior Vice President Catherine Chen in Brussels.

Meanwhile Huawei continues to release a large number of smartphones each month, made not only for China, but for countries around the world. Their aim for smartphones continues to appear to be mainly consumer use, while other large portions of their company remain dedicated to industrial use and otherwise non-consumer technology.

Huawei is one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the world, and has been one of the most-talked-about companies in the tech news space for the past several years. Take a peek at the timeline below for recent stories with Huawei at the head.


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