11 August 2019
Unless you have been living under a rock, you have already heard that Huawei is working on its own operating system called Hongmeng OS for quite some time. It has been under development and was reported to have gone under internal beta testing last month. And now, some of those lucky beta testers have shared few details revealing what makes Hongmeng OS different.
Since it is a completely new OS, Huawei has come up with a new boot animation but exact details regarding that are currently missing. There are a lot of customization options including home screen, widgets, and even lock screen. This should not be surprising for those who have used EMUI on any Huawei or Honor device.
The team has revamped the user interface with a new default icon pack and animations. The different transitions in UI are said to be faster and smoother. There are significant changes to the notification panel as well including a big search bar. This search bar should help users look for any app or file within the local storage. It might also have integration for web-based searches.
Hongmeng OS has a new message reminder mode which accessible via system settings. There is a new ringtone alert which means we might see new calling ringtones for users to choose from. The camera app interface is referred to as more intuitive but actual controls (features) are currently limited. It has also been mentioned that various features in the OS are currently disabled with the exact reason for the same currently unknown.
While Huawei seems to be moving ahead in the right direction as far as Hongmeng OS features are concerned, it is the app ecosystem that will play a crucial role in deciding its future. This is something Huawei has acknowledged itself and as a reason, it has been doing everything possible to attract developers to create apps for the platform. This becomes even more important considering Huawei wants Hongmeng OS to be a platform for all sorts of devices including network switches, routers, data centers, Internet of Things (IoT) devices.