The tech community woke up to rather shocking news this morning when a Huawei executive said that Hongmeng or ArkOS is not an Android Alternative and that the Hongmeng was built for IoT devices only. The Huawei Executive, Liang Hua said that there are currently no plans to modify the Hengmong OS to make it run on Smartphone devices and that Android is still their first choice.
The Hongmeng OS is primarily developed for IoT devices that will reduce latency… In terms of smartphones, we are still using the Android operating system and ecosystem as a “first choice.” We haven’t decided yet if the Hongmeng OS can be developed as a smartphone operating system in the future.
The US ban on Chinese company Huawei gave rise to the rumor of the company developing an Android Alternative, and the rumor spread like wildfire. The Huawei Vice President later confirmed the rumor saying that “Huawei is in the process of potentially launching a replacement. It’s not something Huawei wants. We’re very happy of being part of the Android family, but Hongmeng is being tested, mostly in China.”
Weirdly enough, in an interview with a French magazine, The Huawei CEO also confirmed the development of the Hongmeng OS and said that it is going to be 60 percent faster than Android, and MacOS.
Huawei has reportedly trademarked a new operating system for smartphones, and as per the trademark application, it’s going to be called ‘Harmony.’ However, we haven’t heard anything from the horse’s mouth about this new OS yet.
Huawei’s vacillation might be due to the fact that the US government will no longer restrict the company from doing business with Google. Now that the US Government has given the waiver, it makes perfect sense for the company to stop talking about its Android alternative. However, it’s likely that the Chinese tech giant is going to continue the development of the Android alternative, but the company would hate to see people talking about it.