05 August 2019
We have been reporting about Huawei's intention to release Hongmeng OS as Android alternative for quite some time but in an unexpected turn of events, Huawei has come forward to refute all those claims. In a press conference held in Shenzen, Huawei president Liang Hua has confirmed that Hongmeng OS is currently meant only for IoT devices.
He has revealed that the new operating system is expected to reduce latency for such devices. Talking about the possibility of it being made available for smartphones, he said that they have not made a decision on that yet. He further added that Huawei still prefers Google's Android as an operating system and ecosystem for its smartphones.
Here is the quote from Hua:
"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."
This is undoubtedly a surprising statement from the company, especially considering all the build-up it created around the operating system. It was said to be 60% faster than Android and iOS counterparts in terms of performance. A recent report even talked about Hongmeng OS features citing information shared by a few beta testers.
But with Huawei's announcement to stick with Android for smartphones, the path seems to be quite unsure for its devices if the Trump administration decides to implement a full ban on the company. In such a situation with no plan B at hand, it will be interesting to see how exactly Huawei will tackle all the hurdles.